Monticello's Team 20/20 class spoke about neigborhood improvement projects they have planned this year at an event hosted by the Public Education Foundation of Charlottesville-Albemarle. Credit: Credit: Josh Mandell, Charlottesville Tomorrow

Collaboration between schools and the private sector was the focus of an event hosted by the Public Education Foundation of Charlottesville-Albemarle on Feb. 9.

Albemarle superintendent Pam Moran and Charlottesville superintendent Rosa Atkins attended the event at the Boar’s Head Inn, along with school board members from both divisions and representatives from local businesses.

Students in two Charlottesville High School classes– criminal law and public speaking– gave presentations on what they had learned this year. And Monticello High School’s “Team 20/20” class gave an update on their yearlong neighborhood improvement projects. 

Martin Chapman, president and CEO of Indoor Biotechnologies, praised Atkins and Moran in a brief keynote address. “The things they are trying to introduce in terms of innovation, collaboration, and project-based learning in schools… are really important in today’s environment,” Chapman said.

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Josh Mandell

Josh Mandell graduated from Yale in 2016 and has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association with five awards for education writing, health, science and environmental writing and multimedia reporting.