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March 08, 2018
While drafting a new school charter to better prepare its students for the future, Murray High School has found inspiration in the school’s original planning documents from 30 years ago. Albemarle County’s public charter schools, Murray High and the Community Public Charter School, are designed to serve students ...
July 15, 2017
In the middle of summer vacation, Albemarle County Public Schools still had plenty to show a group of educators interested in helping students learn through “making.” Last week, the county school division played host to the Digital Promise Maker Learning Leadership Project, a professional development program for school districts that ...
December 24, 2016
Albemarle sees value in on-campus job opportunities Matt Haas, assistant superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, envisions a new way that high school students could be more engaged in their studies and the world of work, without leaving the building. “School can be a place where students go in, sit ...
September 14, 2016
Albemarle County Public Schools learned Wednesday that they fell short of winning a $10 million grant from XQ: The Super School Project. But school officials said entering the nationwide competition to redesign high school education generated ideas that will shape the division’s schools in the years ahead. Chad Ratliff ...
July 26, 2016
Albemarle County Public Schools has been named a finalist in a national competition for up to $10 million in grant funding with the purpose of redesigning high school education. A team from the county schools competing in The XQ: Super School Project was announced Tuesday as one of 50 finalists ...
September 06, 2015
Keaton Wadzinski, a third-year student at the University of Virginia, wants to improve the education system. The catch, however, is that he doesn’t think it’s broken. Rather, the 20-year-old social innovation major from Franklin, Tennessee, wants to integrate an entrepreneurial mindset into the educational problem-solving process in an ...
March 09, 2015
This spring, innovators from around the nation are set to visit Charlottesville to share stories about the formation and execution of their ideas. The latest addition to the Tom Tom Founders Festival, the daylong Founders Summit is a series of talks that will be held April 17 at the Paramount ...
September 17, 2014
A special work session to discuss the future of the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center Wednesday left the school’s Board with more questions than answers. The Board called the September meeting in an effort to expedite the planning process that will see CATEC form five new institutes and align ...
August 20, 2014
The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center has named Bruce Bosselman as its interim director. He succeeds Adam Hastings who is now dean of business, mathematics and technologies at Piedmont Virginia Community College. The change comes on the heels of a new strategic plan that has been approved by the CATEC ...
July 03, 2014
Thanks to some innovative teaching, students in Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools may have a leg up on the jobs of the future. Now preparing for its second year, the Commonwealth Engineering Design Academies—a partnership between Charlottesville, Albemarle and the University of Virginia—is making strides ...
April 13, 2014
There are some ‘radical’ changes in the works in local education at both public and private schools in Charlottesville-Albemarle. A so-called ‘Maker Revolution’ is gaining ground in the classroom, and it’s driven by the interests of the students and facilitated by educators seeking a path back towards hands-on ...
April 12, 2014
Charlottesville High School physics teacher Matt Shields can remember the day his students already knew the content he wanted to teach. “I felt like some of my power had been stolen from me,” Shields said of the class that had skipped ahead in the curriculum by watching YouTube videos. Now ...
July 09, 2013
For the next three weeks, approximately 75 students from four elementary schools are participating in a Maker Academy, a design- and production-based learning initiative aimed at providing opportunities for young people to develop skills in science, math, engineering and technology. “We believe a highly effective way to develop both critical ...