Division Innovation in Education
Stories From Around the State
School divisions across the commonwealth are doing innovative things to improve outcomes for students, promote efficiency and support educators. Many of these successes can be emulated in other divisions, schools and classrooms to enhance the learning and achievement of students and to support innovative educational results.
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To help prepare children for kindergarten, Lynchburg Public Schools’ Hutcherson Early Learning Program facilitates Preschool Community Playgroups for children and their families. This playgroup initiative , designed in partnership with Lynchburg Parks and Recreation and Lynchburg College, provides skills for parents to be their child’s first teacher, helps close the achievement gap before children enter kindergarten and offers social experiences regardless of a child’s developmental level. – August 29, 2014
Henry County’s Rich Acres and Carver first graders participated in a “Learn to Swim” pilot program during the 2013-2014 school year. The lessons, aligned with the Health and Physical Education Standards of Learning, were supported by the Martinsville Area Community Foundation and the local YMCA. This year, Learn to Swim will be implemented in all county elementary schools. – July 29, 2014