GHS teacher, Liz Kuhns, has been accepted to the Central Virginia Writing Project’s Invitational 18-Month Institute. This institute is a selective, unique professional development opportunity funded by the Central Virginia Writing Project. Liz and 16 other exceptional educators comprise the 2014-2015 cohort. This year’s participants include K-12 classroom teachers and administrators from 10 school divisions who teach language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics.

We applaud Liz’s commitment to growing and developing her craft as a writer. It is this modeling of professional learning and personal development that has such a tremendous impact on our students.

We look forward to hearing more about the exciting work the next 18 months brings for Ms. Kuhns!

Virginia School-University Partnership (VSUP) has worked with Education First to provide opportunities for global travel so that VSUP members can learn about education in other countries and partner with international schools. With generous support from regional businesses, VSUP has sponsored trips for select teams of Virginia educators to India, China, and Finland over the past three years.

This year, the team chosen by VSUP will travel to Peru to focus on service learning and international partnership.

Mrs. Erin Yearout-Patton, GCPS’s 2013 Division Teacher of the Year, was notified last week that she was selected to be a part of the three-educator team. (The other teachers chosen work in public schools in Northern Virginia.)

In part, Mrs. Yearout-Patton responded:

I am incredibly grateful to EF & VSUP for their generosity and leadership in global education. I am honored to represent our district and I am most excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring for our students, teachers, and community in the years to come. My courageous colleagues, Kelli Bratton and Jennifer Gates, inspired me to apply for Service Learning in Peru. They are dedicated to our district’s vision and collaborating with them has made me a better educator. It is my goal this summer to develop partnerships with schools in Peru that will enhance our ongoing collaboration between science and civics at GHS, and our program with RES, Helping Hands.

All applicants were considered, in part, for their essays in response to the following prompts:

  1. How are you actively preparing students to be successful in today’s global society? Share how you promote global competency and teach 21st century skills in your classroom and/or school.
  2. If selected, how will you use this travel experience to benefit your students and your community?
  3. Discuss how an international education program would impact your school and how you would build global competency into your school programs.

On behalf of the Goochland School Community, congratulations to Mrs. Yearout-Patton. We’re proud of you – and we know you’ll represent our division, region, and the Commonwealth masterfully!

GES fifth grade teacher, Jennifer Cosby, received a personal note of congratulations from Delegate Peter Ferrell. The note was specifically in response to the Goochland Elementary World Faire, created and hosted by the GES fifth grade team and GCPS ITRT, Zoe Parrish.

Our thanks to Ms. Cosby and the fifth grade team, Mrs. McCay, and the many others who supported the event.


Please join us in celebrating GMS teacher, Grace Creasey’s appointment to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commission on Civics Education.  Among other things, the Commission is charged with:

  1. Making recommendations to the Board of Education regarding revisions to SOLs for civics and government.
  2. Submitting an annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor regarding the work of the Commission.
  3. Identifying civics education projects around the Commonwealth and provide technical assistance where needed.
  4. Building a network of civics education professionals and strengthen partnerships to assist in the sharing of information.
  5. Developing and coordinating outreach programs to help schools across the Commonwealth in improving their civics education programs.
  6. Developing all civics education resources provided to DOE – lesson plans, resources, bulletin board ideas, events calendar, best practices, etc.

Each year the Commission is also responsible for a day-long professional development conference for Virginia civics and government teachers.  The conference always takes a particular focus on one SOL topic (i.e. the judicial branch) and members of the professional community are brought in to speak to teachers about the SOLs in action which helps to breathe life into our teaching practices.

Grace will be working with 4 members of the House of Delegates, 2 members of the Virginia Senate, 3 citizen members, 1 representative of the Commonwealth’s We the People Project (based at James Madison’s Montpelier) and ONLY 3 other current or retired Civics/Government teachers.

“I cannot wait to begin work on the Commission as this is such a unique opportunity,” Grace shared. “I am so proud and honored to be able to represent Goochland County Public Schools by serving the Commonwealth in this capacity.”

We extend our heartfelt congratulations and admiration for Mrs. Creasey’s work with the Commission and representation of our great county and school division.