LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee - MSAAC

MSAAC is striving to ensure that the LCPS community is culturally competent and provides fair and equitable instruction to all LCPS students.

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What to read during: Hispanic Heritage Month

Great list of reading suggestions for our middle school students as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! See the story

09-16-2020 Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee Meeting

Missed our September meeting? Here's the recording! Hear about MSAAC's plans for the year as well as from our guest speaker, Lottie Spurlock, Director of Equity at LCPS. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21st!

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Register for the first annual Girl emPower Summit!

This amazing event is organized by Mahsa Riar, winner of the 2020 MSAAC Middle School Student Award. The summit will be on September 26th from 10 am - 12 pm. It is FREE to youth attendees (12-18 years old).

Register here:

And we’re live! Tune in to our meeting at: Post your questions below for Lottie Spurlock, Director of Equity!

LCPS-TV/ Webcast / Live Webcast

Just a reminder that MSAAC’s first meeting of the school year will be from 7-9 pm tonight, September 16th! We will share some of our plans for the upcoming year and hear from guest speaker Lottie Spurlock, Director of Equity at LCPS.

The meeting will stream live on LCPS-TV at the link below. It will also be broadcast live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

If you’d like to submit a question for the Q&A, you can comment below, send a DM, or email [email protected]. Search all LCPS sites OR focus search using the radio buttons below. Click the Search Tips link for how to enhance search experience.Search Tips

Becoming an Antiracist Educator | School of Education | VCU

Attention educators! VCU School of Education is offering a series on Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator.

“This dynamic professional learning opportunity will intentionally develop skills to engage in practices to dismantle systems that perpetuate racial inequities.

We invite you to join us in an interactive and reflective virtual space to deepen our understanding of race, racism, and systemic inequities. Collectively, we will challenge the underlying structures that uphold racism and will develop dispositions to demonstrate antiracist actions within our personal and professional environments.” Learn more and register at the link below! The Office of Strategic Engagement is pleased to present the Becoming an Antiracist Educator series. This dynamic professional learning opportunity will intentionally develop skills to engage in practices to dismantle systems that perpetuate racial inequities.

Are you unsure about how to go about having the “tough conversations” with your kids? Join this panel discussion with the experts and learn how to talk about Race, Social Justice Activism and The Media!


Call for 2020-2021 MSAAC Delegates! Each school in LCPS appoints a delegate to MSAAC. If you're interested in serving as your school's MSAAC delegate, contact your principal! The first MSAAC meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 16th at 7 pm.

Delegates have the following responsibilities:

1. Attend MSAAC general body meetings and share the information/experience with your home school, collaborating with your school’s equity committee.

2. Represent and advocate for particular needs of minority students within your home school.

3. Comprise the body of voting MSAAC members for MSAAC board elections or bylaw amendments.

MSAAC advocates for minority students within the district. Minority includes the intersectionality of physical and cultural identities like race, religion, ability, and LGBTQ+. You do not have to be a minority to serve as a delegate.

[09/01/20]   Applications are now open for the Academies of Loudoun!

The 2020 Fall Admissions Cycle for 8th graders interested in applying to the Academies of Loudoun for 9th grade entry into the Academy of Engineering & Technology (AET) program and/or the Academy of Science (AOS) program for the 2021-2022 school year is now open for applications.

To learn more, visit:

2020 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Virtual Teach-In: Food and Water Justice - Teaching for Change

For LCPS Educators: register to join the 2020 Indigenous Peoples Day Virtual Teach-in on September 12th!

Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change for a keynote speaker and curriculum workshops. The focus of the teach-in is Indigenous peoples’ histories and experiences around food and water justice today. The keynote speaker and interactive workshops will feature classroom resources from the NMAI’s Native Knowledge 360° and the Zinn Education Project’s Teach Climate Justice campaign. The teach-in will be held virtually via Zoom. This event will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 12 -3 pm. Learn more and register at the link below! Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST Join the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Teaching for Change for a keynote speaker and curriculum workshops. The focus of the teach-in is Indigenous peoples’ histories and experiences around food and water just...

Education Equity Summer Institute | Virginia is for Learners

The Virginia Department of Education recently hosted the Education Equity Summer Institute and recordings from the event can be found at the following link; The Virginia is for ALL Learners Education Equity Summer Institute is held annually each July at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Scifest All Access | USASEF

USA Science and Engineering Festival providing SciFest All Access virtual event ONLINE September 16-23, 2020. Virtually experience exhibit booths featuring hands-on interactive STEM content, get an all-access pass to exclusive performances on the STEM Stage, hunt for clues and earn badges and prizes in the Scavenger Hunt, gear up in the STEM Store and launch a STEM career in the College Career Center.

Governor Northam Announces Launch of New African American History Course

Loudoun County is one of 16 Virginia school divisions launching the new African American History Course. Governor Ralph Northam, 73rd Governor of Virginia

Watch - 2020 Virtual March On Washington

NAACP ALERT: The 2020 Virtual March on Washington starts at 8pm ET/7pm CT tonight. Join thousands in demanding justice. Watch it here: Join us August 27-28 for a virtual March on Washington.

The Struggle Against Racial Segregation in Loudoun: Meet the Author

Join LCPL on Thursday 8/27 at 6:30 pm for a Meet the Author event to discuss the history of segregation in Loudoun!

Chat live with author and historian Matthew Exline as we discuss his newly released book, We Have Been Waiting Too Long: The Struggle Against Racial Segregation in Loudoun County, Virginia. The WebEx link for this program will be added and go live just prior to the start time listed in the schedule.

Second Act Showdown: The $5,000 winner is ...

Loudoun, please join us in congratulating one of our very own MSAAC Delegates at Sanders Corner Elementary School, Tiffney Laing. She is the founder of Bevy & Dave, an educational toy company.

This past week her company was featured on Good Morning America and selected as a WINNER in the Second Act Showdown!

You may remember Ms.Laing as a featured speaker during our January 2020 MSAAC General Body Meeting on Culturally Responsive and Competent Teaching and Learning Experiences.

Mahisha Dellinger has a big surprise for all three of our up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

MSAAC is actively looking for candidates to fill our open secretary position. If you think you will be a good fit please submit your letter of intent. Thank you

Tonight, MSAAC leaders are speaking with the Loudoun County Chapter of NOW.

Watch via Zoom. Meeting information below.

The Loudoun County School Board meeting is today at 4:00pm. The 1st information item is the Detailed Action Plan to Combat Systemic Racism.

Tune into the meeting live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

We want to hear from you! Share your feedback on the plan here in the comments.

Link to the detailed plan and supporting documents in the first comment below.

New mentoring program for youth in Loudoun is seeking mentees. Please contact them if you are interested.

Program facilitated by LCPS alum and education advocate, Paul Gorski. He was the featured speaker for the final MSAAC General Body meeting for 2019-2020.

Loudoun’s Black History Matters

"No one experiences a place in the same way. We perceive a place through our own history and relationship to that place, including our racial and cultural experiences and those of our ancestors. That is why, when it comes to learning African American history and bridging divides, we have a lot of gaps to fill in.

And that is why the Blue Ridge Leader is dedicating this and our next two issues to Loudoun County’s black history with the aim of shedding light on our community today. We hope you will use the information, links, and stories here as jumping off points for conversations in your classrooms, churches, and civic groups. This information comes primarily from the works and website of the Friends of Thomas Balch Library’s Black History Committee." Learning about the past helps us understand the present By Laura Longley “It’s always a question of education.” L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor and former mayor of Rich…

LCPS-TV/ Webcast / Live Webcast

Tune into the school board meeting tonight. There are over 50 public comments tonight discussing the Loudoun County High School mascot and/or the action plan for systemic racism. Search all LCPS sites OR focus search using the radio buttons below. Click the Search Tips link for how to enhance search experience.Search Tips

BoardDocs® Agenda Item: 7.05 Office of the Superintendent: LCPS Action Plans to Combat Systemic Racism

What are your thoughts on LCPS Plans to Combat Systemic Racism?

LCPS to discuss at the 6/23 School Board Meeting, which begins at 4:00pm School Board member Ian Serotkin asked the Superintendent and Chief of Staff to identify immediate actions that the Loudoun County School Board (LCSB) and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administration can take to combat systemic racism in LCPS. The LCSB will discuss the draft plan presented by...

We are so proud of this amazing group of LCPS Alumni, who are taking their experiences as students of color in LCPS to mentor current students navigating the LCPS landscape. Thank you for reaching out to MSAAC to offer new ways to engage with students in our community. #BeTheChange #Grassroots #CommunityLeadership #MakingADifference

Please reach out to us if you're interested in joining the team as a mentor or potential mentee! Also feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

LCPS Special Education Advisory Committee

Please complete and/or share this 2019-2020 SEAC Parent/Guardian Survey.

2019-2020 Annual SEAC Parent/Guardian Survey.

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) uses the survey information to guide our work, presentations and to identify areas of need for the SEAC Annual Report to the LCPS School Board.

Please take a moment to complete the annual SEAC Survey, it is available in English and Spanish. Please share with other families, the special education community's voice is very important to us, we need to hear from you!

💥Deadline to apply is THIS Friday, June 19 at

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The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students “I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school

We have extended the deadline to declare your candidacy for one of the elected positions to Friday, June 12, by noon. Please email your resume and a one-page letter of intent to Natalia Beardslee at [email protected].

Talking to Children About Race and Racism | PBS KIDS for Parents

Children are never too young to learn about diversity. As young as 3 months old, they may look differently @ people who look like or don’t look like their primary caregivers. As parents & caregivers,we must have confidence in ourselves & in our children — that we, and they, can handle tough topics and tough situations. We must understand that our role is to be honest, specific, and trustworthy as we raise the next generation to confront racial injustice. Join parents, educators and experts in this live event for an important conversation on how to talk with young children about racial injustice and violence against Black people.

LGBTQ Pride Month and Education Resources

Excellent educational resources for LGBTQ Pride Month. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ Pride Month) is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.

158 Resources for Understanding Systemic Racism in America

An excellent compilation of resources to educate yourself and your family. These articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States

[06/05/20]   Dear MSAAC Family and Friends,

Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Delroy Thomas and Loudoun NAACP President, Pastor Michelle Thomas, on the passing of their 16-year-old son. We mourn as a community.

Anguish and Action

Former President Barack Obama is addressing the nation this afternoon in a town hall, NOW. He is joined by his former Attorney General, Eric Holder, police reform activists and other public figures. We work to help leaders change their world—and the world needs changing. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list, have left our nation heartbroken and outraged. Find ways you can meet anguish with action.

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