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Thursday, November 15 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empowering Young Learners to Lead a Culture Change for Innovation

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Over the past 18 months we engaged our school and central leadership in the development of nine cultural norm statements to specifically identify behaviors that are necessary to change our culture to support innovative, learner-centered practices, but we were then faced with challenges of how to communicate these norms to teachers and other staff in very practical ways. Guided by our core value of collaboration, we worked with a very talented group of young learners from Jefferson Forest High School to write, direct, and perform a series of skits that illustrated one or more of our cultural norms. Eight of these skits were performed live during our annual leadership training event in June 2018 and were used to facilitate discussions about school culture among principals and other staff. Each of the young learners also joined a small group discussion in order to provide the student perspective in these discussions. Based on the overwhelming positive response to the live skits, we then worked with these same young learners to produce film versions that we debuted at our August back-to-school gathering for all teachers, while making additional films available for training purposes at each school in the future. During this presentation you will hear our story from the perspective of our superintendent and the young learner who directed and produced both the live skits and film versions. We will also share one or two of the films and engage session participants in some of the same professional learning activities that we conducted with our teachers and leaders this past summer. 


Sarah Detwiler

Student, James Madison University
Sarah Detwiler is a student at James Madison University and a 2018 graduate of Jefferson Forest High School. Sarah has been involved in numerous student produced films and starred in the critically acclaimed "Exposed" video that addresses the topic of teenage sexting. She was also... Read More →

Chandler Hood

Student, Central Virginia Community College
Chandler Hood is a student at Central Virginia Community College and a 2018 graduate of Jefferson Forest High School. In addition to his recent work with Bedford County Public Schools, Chandler has written, directed, and produced films for the Bedford County Sheriff's Department... Read More →

Dr. Doug Schuch

Superintendent, Bedford County Public Schools
Dr. Doug Schuch has served as Superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools since 2009. He began his career in public education in 1994 at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax County, where he taught Physics and Physical Science, and later worked in Stafford County as an assistant... Read More →


Anita Parker

Board Chair, Gloucester County

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
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