Local school leaders offer front-line
By Matt Kelly
It was teachers learning
about education from teachers.
Two local school superintendents shared visions of their schools
with U.Va. faculty and administrators Nov. 18 in the Dome Room
of the Rotunda.
Kevin C. Castner, Albemarle County Schools superintendent, and
Ronald W. Hutchinson, Charlottesville City Schools superintendent,
described initiatives in their schools as part of the Teachers
for a New Era program, a partnership that links the College of
Arts & Sciences, the Curry School of Education and local educators
in an effort to improve teacher education.
Castner stressed lifelong learning for the students, citing a
county schools’ program, “Shared Vision: Design 2004,”
which lays out expectations of how students learn, analyze information
and communicate across disciplines. Children’s hearts and
minds have to be engaged to do quality work, which is the business
of education, he said.
Hutchinson said the three goals of the city schools were quality
teaching and learning, a safe school climate and strong instructional
Teachers, Hutchinson said, should create the understanding in
students that they are engaged in big ideas, not just specific
facts. Teachers need to create lessons that hold the students’
attention and emphasize instruction based on individual student
It was good to listen to people with “a real vision, real
ideas,” but the challenge is how U.Va. responds, said Victor
Luftig, director of Teachers for a New Era at U.Va.
inform us,” sid U.Va. vice president and provost Gene D.
block of the local educators. “This is bi-directional discussion.
It is important ... that the University works with kindergarten
through 12th-grade teachers.