VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 04/27/18 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 055 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

What does the future of learning look like and how can we best prepare students for what's next? Virginia Beach City Public Schools
wants to hear from you

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been selected by education design lab 2Revolutions (2Rev) as the sole national partner district on a Carnegie Corporation project. The goal is to create a "Future of Learning" model that could be used by school divisions nationwide to better prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly-changing world. The school division invites the community to join this important conversation about what's next and what that future might look like by participating in upcoming meetings April 30 and May 30.

"This isn't simply a conversation about education. It is about our aspirations for young people and what we, as a community, value and think is important for our children," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "What will they need to know and be able to do in the future? And, how will their learning have to adapt so they are prepared to work in jobs that may not exist yet or solve problems that we can't even imagine."

Students, parents, military partners, school division staff, business owners, community organizations, higher education stakeholders and citizens who don't have children in schools are all encouraged to attend. Meetings will take place April 30 at Landstown High School from 4-5:30 p.m. and at Kellam High School from 6:30-8 p.m. Meetings May 30 will be held at Green Run High School from 4-5:30 p.m. and at Salem High School from 6:30-8 p.m.

At these meetings, attendees will first learn about themes and insights that emerged from an independent analysis of the Virginia Beach educational landscape. Small and large group activities will follow to identify skills and dispositions that students will need for the future; to discuss how VBCPS is addressing those needs; and to pinpoint barriers as well as potential opportunities for the community to come together to help students thrive.

According to 2Rev, VBCPS was selected from a diverse and highly-qualified number of school divisions across the country based on its "strong foundation of innovation that is evidenced through forward-thinking" and for "already engaging in great work to help strengthen the vision and move [the] community toward even greater integration and innovation in education." In addition, 2Rev praised the school division's high-capacity staff, innovative strategic framework, Compass to 2020, and success in implementing its core values.

Find out more about this important project by attending the meetings or by visiting the 2Revolutions website.

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