Friday, October 27, 2017

Hardy Elementary's Outdoor Classroom

Dr. Jim, the roving Superintendent, shares his second Video Blog on the new outdoor classroom at Hardy Elementary School.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Demonstrating GREAT Citizenship & Building GREAT Relationships at Carrollton Elementary

Welcome to Dr. Jim Thornton's Blog.  This is Lynn Briggs, Director of  Community and Media Relations, posting on behalf of the Superintendent.  Dr. Thornton has created a Video Blog for his weekly message.  He went to Carrollton Elementary School in search of GREAT Citizens and decided to record his adventure to share with you.  While I did help to edit the final version, he captured all the video and conducted all the interviews.  I think he demonstrated one of other traits of being a good citizen, and that is GRIT:  Gumption, Resilience, Integrity, Tenacity.  Thanks "Dr. T." for sharing our GREAT students and staff through your first ever video blog.  Stay tuned for more video blogs from our Roving Superintendent, Dr. Thornton.  Enjoy!

Demonstrating GREAT Citizenship & Building GREAT Relationships

Friday, October 6, 2017

On the Right Path for Students

Isle of Wight County Schools’ vision is to create a learning environment that enables every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents.  Our mission is to enhance and expand on each child’s unique gifts and talents to ensure every child is college, career, and life ready. I have attached several videos from the Virginia Department of Education that explain the new accreditation proposals and the new initiatives from the state.  You will clearly see that Isle of Wight County Schools is ahead of the curve and on the right path for students.  Our plan for deeper learning in all classrooms, where students have opportunities to collaborate, create, and communicate their ideas around relevant material is better preparing our students for entering the future workplace.  Our new Career and Technical Education offerings will provide certifications and job opportunities right out of high school.   

From the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE):

In November, the state Board of Education will take final action on revisions to the Standards of Accreditation that achieve two important policy directives of the Board and the General Assembly: the implementation of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the broadening of the Commonwealth’s school accreditation standards to include multiple measures of school quality.

These revised standards for students and schools are the result of more than three years of research, discussion, review and public engagement by the Board and the Virginia Department of Education.
The VDOE has prepared a series of videos to explain these significant reforms. These videos are available for use by school divisions in explaining these new standards for students and schools to internal and external audiences.  The four videos are arranged as a playlist on the VDOE YouTube channel and may also be viewed individually.
•        Introduction and Overview — Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples provides a broad overview of the revised Standards of Accreditation.

•        The Case for Reform — Diane Atkinson, Chairman of the Board of Education’s Committee on School and Division Accountability, discusses the policy background and development behind the Board’s revisions to the Standards of Accreditation.

•        Profile of a Virginia Graduate — Assistant Superintendent for Policy and Communications Cynthia Cave discusses the development of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the new graduation requirements that become effective with students entering the ninth grade in fall 2018 (class of 2022).

•        Continuous Improvement for All Schools — Assistant Superintendent for Student Assessment and School Improvement Shelley Loving-Ryder discusses how the revised Standards of Accreditation encourage continuous improvement for all schools, highlight achievement gaps, and recognize student growth.