At its annual convocation exercises yesterday on August 13, the Goochland County Public Schools recognized three outstanding projects undertaken by teachers during the 2017-18 school year as part of its project-based learning initiative, G21. G21 was designed by Goochland in 2008 – celebrating ten years of project based learning in the Goochland schools – and in part aims to recognize instructional excellence.
- Bronze Award – Whitney Neiditch, Jaime Sprouse, Maryanne Tysinger – Randolph Elementary School
- Silver Award – Wes Farkas, Mike Verrastro, Danny Allen, Jason Funkhouser – Goochland High School
- Gold Award – Jennifer Gates, Katie Hadd, Elizabeth Ferguson, Christian Mock, Suzanne Taylor, Jaime Sprouse, Laura Patrick, and Krystle Demas – Randolph Elementary School
In their Kindergarten Project at RES, Neiditch, Sprouse, and Tysinger had students design multimedia books with iPads, green screen apps, and recording stations. The production of these books was supported by a grant from the Goochland Education Foundation.
In the high school project to build a low ropes course on school property, health and physical education and the CTE department joined forces to clear land, including trees and stumps, and then install ropes to be enjoyed by students. This project was supported from a grant by the Goochland Education Foundation.
In the 4th grade project at Randolph Elementary School, students participated in multiple mini-projects that taught them the historical richness of their own county. Products included a video showcasing Goochland’s history, a live event and showcase on the courthouse green, and citizen interviews, and artwork. This project was the result of a collaboration among dozens of citizens, organizations, and the high school.