Schools That Work Albemarle County Public Schools
Albemarle County, VA
What makes this a SCHOOL THAT WORKS
A 21st-century librarian can inspire a school by modeling responsive teaching, advocating for student involvement, facilitating new approaches to writing, and encouraging user-centered spaces.
At Albemarle County Public Schools, teacher-driven instructional coaching supports teachers in their professional development, helps them to engage their students in authentic learning, and spreads innovative practices district-wide.
At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning.
Breaking up rows of desks fosters collaboration and empowers kids to think about how they work best.
Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.
Resilience and Grit
By redefining failure as part of learning, we give children choices to take risks, opportunities to excel, and the support to grow into their potential.
When kids make something that matters to them, it gives them a context for understanding their academic learning.
Twitter can connect students across a district or the world to share learning—and it connects teachers for the same purpose.
Instructional coaches working at multiple schools share innovative practices throughout the district.
From abundant tools and smart budgeting to accessibility and trust, the Albemarle County Public Schools maintain a district-wide tech program that leverages digital literacy for all students.
A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.
To prepare for an unpredictable future, look beyond educations' familiar rhythms to encourage staff and student voice and agency, rule challengers, design thinkers, and leaders.
At Albemarle County Public Schools, teachers use social media to get ideas for their classroom, for professional development, and to connect student learning to the real world.
At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.