The Virginia School Boards Association has released its 21st annual Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. This year’s...

The Virginia School Boards Association has released its 21st annual Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. This year’s directory of programs highlights successful projects related to innovative programs, school initiatives, and partnerships from 56 school divisions across the commonwealth.

Three Chesterfield County Public Schools programs are featured: CCPS College and Career Readiness Month, Enable the Future at Tomahawk Creek, Middle, and Social Emotional Learning at Ecoff Elementary.

“We strive daily to create safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments in our schools,” noted School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi. “These innovative programs illustrate our work to meet children’s needs now while preparing them for successful futures.”

Added Superintendent Dr. James Lane: “These programs represent some of the great work being done in Chesterfield County Public Schools. We are excited to share them with our colleagues across the state.”

The association directory includes more than 110 innovative and creative initiatives ongoing in school systems across Virginia.

One creative one is Ecoff Elementary’s Social Emotional Learning, which is said to provide a ia framework for students to build upon five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and positive relationship skills. Components include daily class meetings to build community, home activities to engage families, and cross-age buddies to create service learning leadership opportunities.

During the past two years, student achievement has increased in math SOLs (68 percent to 83 percent) and reading SOLs (69 percent to 85 percent). This initiative supports educating the whole child and enhances classroom learning environments.