Confused by the clamor over history instruction in our schools?
Learn the facts from local educators about what is being taught
 in Gloucester County. 

Know The Facts:

American History

Instruction in Gloucester 

 Guest Panelists: Dr. Chuck Wagner, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Gloucester County Public Schools,
Dianne Carter-De Mayo, social studies instructor, Gloucester High School,
Brian Teucke, Gloucester Education Association President and social studies instructor, Page Middle School.

View our panel discussion on our Facebook page.

"It is our job—all of us that make up this diverse society—to ensure that when the next generation looks back—a generation that is hopefully more inclusive than we have been—they see a more accurate narrative, one that tells the truth, and includes everyone.”

Governor Ralph S. Northam
Old Point Comfort, August 24th, 

2019 Commemoration of the First African Landing 

Virginia Department of Education History & Social Science 
Standards of Learning

Our Mission Statement

We are a progressive, nonpartisan group of citizens of the Middle Peninsula in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are committed to the shared values of justice and environmental stewardship.


To address ongoing social and environmental issues through education and coordinated action.

CircleUp is not aligned with any candidate or political party. 

An Open Invitation

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Hate Groups and

Hate Crimes

in Virginia 

Do hate groups exist in Virginia and specifically the Middle Peninsula? Have individuals or groups been the target of hate crimes in our area? Is the public informed? What can citizens do to recognize and prevent hate crimes? These questions were addressed by our panel of experts during our May 13 discussion on this important topic. Guest panelist were: 

  • Dr. James Nolan, Dept. Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University. Dr. Nolan worked as a unit chief in the FBI division that provided management oversight for the National Hate Crime Data Collection Program. He co-authored the textbook The Violence of Hate: Understanding Harmful Forms of Bias and Bigotry, now in its 4th Edition. 


  • Thomas C. Bowen III, Commonwealth Attorney for Mathews County. Mr. Bowen has served as Mathews County's Commonwealth's Attorney since 2012.  


  • Gabriel (Gabe) Morgan Sr., is currently serving his fourth four-year term as Sheriff of Newport News. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Sheriff's Association.

The entire discussion can be viewed on our Facebook page. 


On The Topic of Hate 

by Dr. Nolan