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Thursday, November 21 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Transforming A High Poverty School Division: Our Students Don't Have Time to Wait

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In just three years Martinsville City Public Schools moved from all four of its schools being Partially Accredited, two of them Reconstituted, and three under federal sanction to all four schools being Accredited with no federal sanctions. In fact, this year Martinsville Middle School and Martinsville High School have received the VDOE Continuous Improvement Award. This has been accomplished in a division where all of the schools are Community Eligible Partnership schools providing each student with free breakfast and lunch, and three of the schools are Title I Schoolwide schools. In fact, Martinsville’s division-wide average from low income families is 70%. Dr. Talley and his team will share the story of this journey and the keys to making the transformation and answer any questions.


Theresa Bryant

VSBA Central Region Chair, Buckingham County School Board


Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr.,

Superintendent, Martinsville City Public Schools
Dr. Zebedee Talley, Jr. has over forty years of experience in education and has served as an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He is currently in his fourth year as superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools.

Angilee Downing

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Martinsville City Public Schools
Angilee Downing has twenty-six years in education, which includes teaching at the elementary, middle, junior high, and high school levels. She served as a lead teacher, Instructional Coordinator, Federal Programs Coordinator, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and currently Assistant... Read More →

Cynthia Tarpley

Principal, Martinsville Middle School
Cynthia Tarpley has twenty-nine years of experience with a background in special education. She has served as a middle school teacher, educational diagnostician, and is in her twelfth year as the middle school principal.

Ajamu Dixon

Principal, Martinsville High School
Ajamu Dixon has been in education for sixteen years and has served as a teacher, assistant principal, Drop-out Prevention Coordinator, and high school principal. He currently serves as the principal at Martinsville High School.

Thursday November 21, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
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