Hello everyone!  We came across this article in the RTD about special rebate for teachers for the next week.  Hope this helps!

http://www.timesdispatch.com/business/retail/walmart-offers-rebate-for-teachers-buying-supplies/article_114c76fc-f38f-5a51-9661-bccd2db4295e.html

 

The Bright Beginnings program is sponsored by the YMCA and provides families that struggle financially the opportunity to support their children with clothes and supplies to start the new school year.  Further detail is provided in the attached flyer and applications to volunteer.  We are looking for volunteers to help our students shop on July 28, 29, and 30.  Additionally, if you are unavailable, you can support the program through financial assistance if you are willing and able.  Please consider helping our neediest students!

SUMMARY

This past school year, GCPS was awarded a competitive grant from the Virginia Department of Education to design and deliver a strategic compensation program to reward high performing teachers for achieving a wide array of goals and objectives. While the state’s grant funding will not be available for the 2014-15 school year, GCPS plans to sustain the grant’s framework.

As you’re likely already aware, Goochland County Public Schools piloted a strategic compensation model for teachers during the 2013-14 school year. This opportunity was made possible through the work of the division’s Grants Committee, who spent much of Spring 2013 pursuing the Virginia Department of Education’s strategic compensation competitive grants initiative that was announced on April 26, 2013.

On August 9, 2013, then-Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Goochland was one of 13 school divisions to be awarded the associated funding. Moreover, in his remarks, Governor McDonnell mentioned Goochland by name as having one of the strongest applications in the state. We are proud of this accomplishment, though much more proud of the ability to reward more than half of our teachers last month with bonus checks that averaged more than $3,000 (some as high as $5,000).

As last school year came to close, it appeared as if the state’s grant funding would remain in place for divisions to continue strategic compensation into the 2014-15 school year. Following the evaluation of our model, we planned to make some improvements to our structure and looked forward to continuing our efforts to reward our teachers with strategic compensation. This month we learned that the state’s grant funding was not included in the FY15 budget.

Despite this fact, we plan to sustain our strategic compensation framework as part of our overall performance evaluation and compensation model. Our School Board, Dr. Lane, and the entire division leadership team is committed to the efforts of rewarding professional excellence in the classroom – and we are exploring ways to extend the compensation model to our non-teaching staff as well.

Our leaders are working hard to identify funding that may be used to deliver on the model once again next June (June 2015), and we’re optimistic about the future viability of this innovative approach to compensating our team members above and beyond the traditional salary structure.

To our teachers – thank you … for your continued hard work and dedication to the GCPS community. We recognize that an end-of-year bonus check is not the primary motivator for your investment in our students. (Research, by the way, clearly places money 3rd or 4th on the list of what motivates most of us to work hard. Make no mistake, compensation is on the list … typically following (1) participating in a workplace with a culture of support and (2) having a voice in decision making.)

We know our team members will continue to do all of the amazing things they’ve always done for our students, our families, and our division – long before “strategic compensation” was a consideration.

Finally, we have a strong core membership to our committee who will continue to reflect on and improve our strategic compensation model moving forward. If you are a GCPS employee and interested in serving on this committee, please contact Dr. Lane (jlane@glnd.k12.va.us) or me (sgeyer@glnd.k12.va.us).

Progress on the expansion of the GHS Field House for the Marine Corps JROTC and weight training facilities as well as the renovation of the Specialty Center continues. We are excited to see these improvements coming together in anticipation of the opening of the school year. photo 2 photo 1 photo-1 photo-4 Building Trades Classroom Space

 

We are excited to have been asked to author a blog post for Education Week regarding our partnership with Luck Companies and the integration of a values based leadership model. Education Week is a nationally recognized source of information related to critical issues facing American schools and has been awarded the Online Journalism Award. In the article we explain the importance of asking the right questions and the transformational impact the resulting conversations have had among our leaders and throughout our division.

Editor, Jill Berkowitz, recently shared that the article had been the most widely-read among superintendents across the nation. Additionally the post was circulated by ASCD, a global leader in educational program development and publishing  that reaches superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries.

Our journey toward living and working intentionally, in alignment with a defined set of core values and belief statements, continues. We are excited about the upcoming sessions we have scheduled with Tom Epperson, one of Luck’s VBL executives, and look forward to further engaging teachers, staff and community members in the ongoing discussion of how to best maximize the potential of every learner in the GCPS community.

 

 

Goochland High School teacher and former GCPS Teacher of the Year, Erin Yearout-Patton, has been selected to be a presenter at the annual conference of the National Council of the Social Studies, held in Boston this November. Social studies educators from around the world will gatherto explore the civic mission of schools in the 21st century. The 94th NCSS Annual Conference will showcase powerful practices and initiatives aimed at preparing all students for college, career, and civic life.

We can think of no better educator and citizen to be a part of this wonderful event than Mrs. Yearout-Patton, bringing her expertise and the special qualities of GCPS to educators from across the globe.

The GCPS CTE Department Director, Bruce Watson, and local company partner, Luck Companies, were inducted into the Virginia Career and Technical Education Hall of Fame. The division received a program award for its Orthopedic Evaluations and Modalities for Student Athletic Trainers program.

Luck was recognized for the invaluable partnership and participation on the CTE Advisory Board, having helped to foster the unprecedented growth and expansion seen in the program offerings over the past two years.

Melissa Black and Jodi Chewning joined the superintendent and Mr. Watson along with other members of the advisory committee. The division’s emphasis on integrating STEM education into daily instruction has also placed GCPS as a leader in statewide STEM initiatives.