Chesterfield County

College and Career Readiness Month

Categories: Chesterfield County | 2017

What will I be when I grow up? Helping 59,000 students answer that question is the driving force behind Chesterfield County Public Schools’ College and Career Readiness initiative.  4,000-plus teachers turn back the clock to their college days — decorating classroom doors and bulletin boards in their college’s colors with information about their alma mater, telling stories about their favorite classes and donning their old college sweatshirt. Two college fairs end the month for students. Business partners visit to share how school experiences prepared them for their jobs, and quicker than you can say “graduation” students start daydreaming about their futures. The celebrations become even more relevant when students dress up like their future careers and parade through school.  This is the sixth year CCPS designated time to purposefully help students envision their futures, while making connections and understanding how knowledge learned in grades K-12 relate to their potential careers. 

Contact

Bryan Carr
Instructional Specialist, School Counseling
bryan_carr@ccpsnet.net
804.748.1405


Enable the Future

Categories: Chesterfield County | 2017

Using project-based learning, blended learning and service learning, CCPS is preparing 59,000-plus students to succeed in a rapidly changing world.  Tomahawk Creek Middle is thriving in this teaching environment, combining these three learning opportunities with creativity, collaboration and critical thinking to make a difference in the lives of Richmond-area teenagers. While obligated to implement the SOLs, we know that preparing students for successful futures goes well beyond shading in the correct bubble. We’ve focused on active, hands-on learning opportunities that are innovative, engaging and relevant.  We’ve challenged students with difficult assignments, and are showing them their lessons have real-life application.   Remember what middle school looked like 25 years ago? There were no SOL’s. Crisis drills included stop-drop-and-roll. Computers were in every classroom; we still had to manually change typewriter ribbon. Today, Tomahawk students are working with computers, 3-D printers and local engineers to develop prosthetic hands for young people. 

Contact

Dr. David Ellena
Principal, Tomahawk Creek Middle
david_ellena@ccpsnet.net
8043787120


Social Emotional Learning

Categories: Chesterfield County | 2017

Social Emotional Learning is an initiative at Ecoff Elementary uses that provides a framework for students to build upon five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making and positive relationship skills. Components include daily class meetings to build community, home activities to engage families and cross-age buddies to create service learning leadership opportunities.  Ecoff piloted the Caring School Community curriculum during the 2015-16 school year and fully implemented SEL in 2016-17. All staff members, bus drivers, custodians, parents and partners were trained. Over the past two years, student achievement has increased in math SOLs (68% to 83%) and reading SOLs (69% to 85%). Total suspensions decreased from 56 to 5.  This initiative supports educating the whole child and enhances classroom learning environments. As well, the reduction of students’ emotional distress and conduct problems has increased their social interactions and behaviors to reflect a sense of empowerment in their lives.

Contact

Dr. Joshua Cole
Principal, Ecoff Elementary
joshua_cole@ccpsnet.net
(804) 768-6185