Is the Cost of Public Education an Investment or Expense?

  There are moments when it is beneficial for me to step outside of the public education realm to carefully consider the idea that public education is an investment rather than an expense.  This perspective may be a direct result of what has been a lengthy but successful budget season for Danville Public Schools. As… Continue reading Is the Cost of Public Education an Investment or Expense?

What Does It Take to Reinvest In Teaching and Learning?

We are living in an era of increasing demands and diminishing resources for public schools.  In cities where there is an unwillingness to invest in public schools, the likelihood of overcoming the challenges related to economic development, creating a viable work force, improving neighborhood quality of life, reducing crime, and improving health, are nearly impossible. … Continue reading What Does It Take to Reinvest In Teaching and Learning?

What Strategies Improve Student Achievement

In 2012-2013, all Danville Public Schools were Fully Accredited based on Virginia’s Accountability and Accreditation System.  School accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on SOL tests and other approved assessments in English, history/social science, mathematics and science.  Elementary and middle schools are Fully Accredited if students achieve all of the following pass rates: English — 75… Continue reading What Strategies Improve Student Achievement

The 2017 RAVE Hall of Fame Inductees

Abercrombie Oil Company In September of 1956, Charles Abercrombie, better known in Danville as “Mr. Charlie” opened a Phillips 66 gasoline distributorship serving four local stations. He named his new company, Abercrombie Oil Company, Incorporated and set up his office in a gasoline station on Bridge Street across from the main fire station. The company… Continue reading The 2017 RAVE Hall of Fame Inductees

What Skills Should a High School Graduate Possess?

As I continue to contemplate the significance of Virginia’s Accountability and Accreditation System, I am compelled to consider the knowledge and skills a high school graduate should possess.  My perspective is based on my own observations as a highly seasoned school leader.  While I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to study extensively as… Continue reading What Skills Should a High School Graduate Possess?

Much Ado About School Accreditation – Part II

Are Danville students learning?  Last time, I provided a brief historical overview of Virginia’s Accountability and Accreditation System in an effort to help our readers understand the “hubbub” around school accreditation.  My goal ultimately, is to inform the public about what it all means.  The Virginia Board of Education revised the Standard of Accreditation in… Continue reading Much Ado About School Accreditation – Part II

Much Ado About School Accreditation—What is Accreditation?

Understanding school accreditation — accountability can be both confusing and daunting to many who are trying to understand how school performance is rated.  Most of us simply want to know if our schools are succeeding and how to measure progress.  The terms “accreditation” and “accountability” are often used interchangeably to describe school performance, but the… Continue reading Much Ado About School Accreditation—What is Accreditation?