— Our Journey —

Making a Difference for

Every Student, Every Day

We are excited about the next chapter in our expedition to ensuring that all students are equipped with the skills necessary to be college and career ready. We began this work in 2008 with the adoption of a strategic plan that set its sights on the acquisition of globally competitive skills. We continue to advance under our new strategic framework, Compass to 2020: Charting the Course. We invite you to take this journey with us and will endeavor to keep you informed and involved throughout the process.

Compass to 2020: Charting the Course

2017 - 2018

Technology and Human Capital Resources Applied to Make Schools Safe
Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety and Security Convened
Office Professional Learning Hub Created to Foster Growth and Excellence
Community Partnership Expo: A Showcase of Community/School Partnerships
Supports for Student Mental Health
Designing Future Learning Models Through Partnership with 2Revolutions
Teacher Specializations Launched
New Navigational Aid for Students and Families
Navigating the K-12 Resources in VBCPS
Expanding Full-Day Kindergarten in Virginia Beach
Reimagining High School through Innovation
Serving Up Breakfast in the Classroom to Meet Student Needs
Capitalizing on Community Engagement Liaisons
Expanding Supports for Military Connected Students and Families
Reaping the Benefits of Talent Acquisition Efforts
Using Mediation as a Restorative Practice
Continued Expansion of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
Expanding Students’ Opportunities for College Credit While Still in High School
Making Gains on High Academic Expectations
Developing Future Ready Learners by Focusing on the Five Cs
Ongoing Focus on Improving Outcomes for Our Students with Disabilities
Placing Student Agency at the Center of Our Work
Leveraging a Learning Management System

2016 - 2017

Supporting Teacher Leadership
Campus Compass: Your Guide to School Performance
Online Academic and Career Planning Resources for Students
Making Joy Contagious
Prototyping Learner Profiles
Supporting Student Literacy With Purposeful Partnerships
Setting Our Sights on Student Agency
Laser Like Focus on Student Data Yields Big Dividends
Expanding Our Reach for Highly Qualified Teachers
Leading the Way in Digital Learning
Creating Common Grading Expectations at the Secondary Level
Supporting Multiple Pathways Through Paid Work Experiences for Students
Fifth Graders Soar to New STEM Heights at the Oceana Airshow
Leveraging Technology to Create a Safe, Welcoming School
Developing G.R.I.T. Among Military Connected Youth
We Are VBSchools: Great Dreams need Great Teachers
Expanding Horizons Through Global Pathway Schools
Creating Equity in Opportunities and Achievement
Supporting Positive Behaviors in the Classroom
Student Response Teams – Meeting the Needs of Students
Focusing on Instructional Coaching Through the Teaching and Learning Framework
Creating a Culture of Growth and Excellence through Equity
Shining a Spotlight on Special Education to Improve Services
Sharing our Compass to 2020 Journey

2015 - 2016

Design Fellows Showcase Essential Components of Personalized Learning
Measuring Progress on Compass to 2020: Introducing our Navigational Markers
VBCPS Employees Making Waves With Mentoring
Creating a Pathway for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders
Examining Grading Practices at the Secondary Level
We Are VBSchools and We Appreciate Our Teachers
New Core Values Introduced and Affirmed
Using Digital Learning as a Pathway to Personalized Learning
Teaching and Learning Framework Drives the Division Forward
Leading Change Through Professional Growth and Innovation

2014 - 2015

Teachers Take the Lead in Designing Personalized Learning Opportunities
Partnering With the Community in the Hiring Process
Student Discipline Task Force Convened to Remove Obstacles to Learning
Dr. Spence Releases a Post-Entry Report and Plan
School Board Formally Adopts Compass to 2020: Charting the Course
Compass to 2015 Showcase Event and Public Comment on Proposed Strategic Framework
Draft of the New Strategic Framework Developed and Presented

2013 - 2014

Dr. Aaron Spence Joins the VBCPS Family as the New Superintendent
Community Provides Input and Engages in Strategic Planning Process
Work on the Next Strategic Framework Begins

2008 - 2009

School Board Adopts Compass to 2015: A Plan for Student Success