Date: June 25, 2020 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations firstname.lastname@example.org | (804) 332 0965 | @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org
Last week, the state Board of Education recognized 447 schools and six school divisions for high student achievement, continuous improvement, or innovative practices under the board’s exemplar performance school recognition program. The awards are based on performance and practice during 2018-2019 and prior years. This year, Goochland County Public Schools was among the only 6 divisions recognized for innovative practices in the Commonwealth.
“I congratulate the principals, teachers, support professionals and students of all of these schools and divisions for the achievement, innovations and hard work recognized by these awards,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said. “I believe the success of these schools and school divisions will inspire learning communities across the commonwealth as they plan for the reopening of school and prepare to meet the instructional and social-emotional needs of students — especially students most impacted by the closure this spring.”
This is the first year the board has issued the Innovative Practice award, which recognizes innovations implemented over the course of two academic years that improve student outcomes. Goochland County Public Schools earned the award for division-wide innovative practices to develop life-ready students through implementation of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the 5 Cs: critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and citizenship. Other divisions recognized for Innovative Practice include Hampton, Newport News, Shenandoah, Greene, and Roanoke schools.
Schools, divisions, and local school boards earn recognition for exemplary innovative practices based on the following criteria:
- School- or division-wide implementation for two full academic years of a new or creative evidence-based alternative to existing instructional or administrative practices aligned with one of the following priority areas:
- Closing achievement gaps among vulnerable and/or minority student groups;
- Developing an integrated STEM approach to learning;
- Building genuine relationships with families to support overall family well-being and children’s healthy development;
- Enhancing technology infrastructure to increase student access to connected devices and the internet;
- Elevating the quality and character of the school environment so that it reflects the positive and support norms, goals, and values of the community;
- Retaining high-quality teachers; and
- Developing life-ready students through implementation of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the 5 C’s framework (skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship); and
- Data provided by school or division demonstrate that the practice is meeting its objectives and is having a significant impact on outcomes for the targeted student population.
Dr. Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, commented, “Success in life takes more than traditional academic knowledge – and our Profile of a Goochland Graduate prioritizes skill development like critical thinking, creativity, hard work, and personal responsibility. Our profile was eighteen months in the making – and I’m proud of the collaboration among our school and community stakeholders who helped bring this important work to life.”
Goochland County Public Schools has been recognized regionally, nationally, and in the Commonwealth for its continued efforts to support student growth, balanced instruction, and student engagement. The Goochland County School Board approved the Engage 2026 Strategic Plan at its June meeting, affirming its commitment to continued innovation and achievement in GCPS.