Longwood Generative AI Workshop

On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Longwood University ITTIP welcomed SVRTC members to campus for a Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop. Teams of educators from 16 SVRTC school divisions attended the workshop: Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Hopewell City, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Petersburg City, and Prince Edward. During the workshop, attendees engaged in understanding and using generative artificial intelligence, as well as reflecting on the impacts on our education landscape. The workshop was the first of a 4-part series of Generative AI that will be offered to SVRTC school division teams for strategic planning and implications of AI in their school divisions.

The workshop was hosted as part of a Strategic Planning Initiative that began last school year with SVRTC members. The initiative resumed this academic year after Dr. Paula Leach, Director of ITTIP, further explored collaboration among division leadership, including superintendents, to develop a learning series to support SVRTC needs through the 2023-2024 school year.  This led to a partnership with – Advanced Learning Partnerships (ALP), educational consultants who support innovation and leadership in education. As the work continues this year with Generative AI, potential themes for future strategic planning include innovation in  school schedule redesign, student help desk models, industry certification pathways, and intern-/mentorship programs around durable skills.

Any questions about this partnership initiative should be directed to Dr. Paula Leach. 

Computer Science & Strategic Planning Initiatives for SVRTC

The SVRTC met for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 including 15 members in attendance with representation from the following school divisions: Amelia County Public Schools, Brunswick County Public Schools, Cumberland County Public Schools, Danville Public Schools, Dinwiddie County Public Schools, Lunenburg County Public Schools, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, Nottoway County Public Schools, Petersburg City Public Schools, and Prince Edward County Public Schools.

The first speaker for the meeting was Kristin Hott from Code VA. Ms. Hott presented on how Code VA supports different programs. Code VA partners with schools, families and communities to bring equitable computer science education to all of Virginia’s students. They partner in grants, they partner in kind and they receive funding and seek out grants for the various needs of the divisions. Ms. Hott mentioned that if you want your school involved more with Code VA, you can make a connection request.

The second speaker, Tammy Hobson, an independent contractor that consults with Advanced Learning Partnerships in Virginia, talked about strategic planning. Ms. Hobson shared the why, how and what the strategic planning for the SVRTC is about. She went on to discuss the two pathways to achieving the “why”. The first area, network events – would involve the superintendents and business leaders. The second path would be communities of practice – which would involve the division leaders or student directors in the school systems. The “how” is planning what you would do during the meetings with the superintendents or division leaders and how to get them on board with your plan. The “what” would be a list of what you want to achieve at the meetings.

The next SVRTC meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2024.

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