Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

Overview

The VSBA Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments was created by the VSBA Board of Directors at its June 6, 2013 meeting to make recommendations to the Virginia Board of Education and the Virginia Department of Education on ways to help challenged schools in Virginia. The task force was created as a result of requests for assistance and concerns among VSBA member boards related to school divisions struggling to reach their most challenged student populations. Since its creation, task force highlights include:

  • Hosting members of the Virginia Board of Education and the state superintendent of public instruction at a task force meeting
  • Presenting to the Virginia Board of Education
  • Holding a September 2013 roundtable discussion session with school board members, superintendents, and Virginia Board of Education members to discuss challenged schools
  • Conducting a webinar, “Real Numbers, Real Challenges”, with Virginia legislators
  • Having a “Schools in Challenging Environments” track at the VSBA Annual Convention
  • Holding a joint meeting with the VSBA Task Force on Virtual Learning
  • Hosting “The School Board’s Role in School Improvement and Turnaround Conference”
  • Initiating the “Practices of Promise for Schools in Challenging Environments Summit"
  • The creation of a comprehensive report that outlines specific strategies to assist schools in challenging environments
  • Presenting to the Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee
  • Holding a "VSBA Task Force Day on the Hill" during the 2015 General Assembly
     

Task Force Report

VSBA Task Force on Schools in Environments Report


Practices of Promise for Schools in Challenging Environments Summit (12/11/14)

This one-day summit, a product of the VSBA Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments, was a partnership with the Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Department of Education, the VCU School of Education, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. The event highlighted the Task Force’s work and featured research and best practices from educational leaders from across the Commonwealth, including school board members, superintendents, central office and building level staff, local and state government officials, and representatives from the organizations listed above. PDFs and videos of several of the presentations are included below:.

Participant Interviews

Introduction & Welcome

Welcome - Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton

Engaging Every Family

Peer Groups Research

Luncheon Speaker - The Honorable Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor of Virginia

Presentation Handouts

Devoloping and Supporting Teacher Leaders to Enhance Student Learning

Devoloping and Supporting Teacher Leaders to Enhance Student Learning (handout)

Engaging Every Family - Increasing the Opportunity for Similar School Divisions to Share Experiences

Extended Learning Opportunities in Newport News City

Instructional Coaching to Improve Professional Practice and Student Learning

Making AMOs in the First Year as a Priority School

Making Data Driven Decisions - Presentation 1

Making Data Driven Decisions - Presentation 2

Meeting all AMOs and Exiting Priority Status

Nutrition and Poverty - Strategies for Increasing Access to Healthy Foods and Encouragaing Smart Food Choices

Peer Groups Research- Increasing the Opportunity for Similar School Divisions to Share Experiences

Providing District Support - Standards

Providing District Support - AARPE 1 and 2 Combined Std 1 Teacher Look Fors

Providing District Support - Cesar Tarrant Lesson Plan Feedback

Providing District Support - Descriptions of Student Engagement Terms

Providing District Support - Effective Teacher Pedagogy Descriptions

Successful Practices in Early Childhood Education

Supporting Teachers to Promote Positive Classrom Climates and Successful Engagement of All Students

Virginia Continuum of Teacher Development
 

Task Force Members

Rodney Jordan, school board member, Norfolk City (co-chair)
Dr. Mark Lineburg, superintendent, Winchester City (co-chair)
Julie Bennington, school board member, Bedford County
Dr. Scott Brabrand, superintendent, Lynchburg City
Dr. Steve Constantino, superintendent, Williamsburg-James City County
Tyrone Foster, school board member, Bristol City
Bob Hundley, school board member, Hanover County
Atiba Muse, school board member, Petersburg City
Shelly Simonds, school board member, Newport News City
Lori Vaught, school board member, Roanoke City
Kerri Wilson, school board member, Harrisonburg City