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The Role of Education in a Transformed Virginia Economy

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Jepson Alumni Center, Robins Pavilion
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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forum imageIn a changing and highly technical driven economy and under newly adopted Virginia legislation, how will schools prepare students for jobs? This presentation and panel discussion addresses both state and local perspectives with specific discussion of the Profile of a Virginia graduate, high school redesign, and college to career readiness efforts.

The Commonwealth of Virginia estimates that over the next five years, approximately 500,000 highly technical jobs will be created in the state. Virginia’s students will need to be prepared for this rapidly developing economy and the related job opportunities.

In response, the Virginia Board of Education launched a wide-ranging review and reconsideration of student achievement, graduation requirements, and the Standards of Learning assessments. With legislative support, the Board of Education developed a Profile of a Virginia Graduate, revised learning expectations, incorporated the 5 Cs (critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship), and modified high school graduation requirements.

These significant changes, which are scheduled to take effect in fall 2018, seek to meet the needs of the Virginia economy and prepare students to be successful in a complex, changing economy.

Keynote Address

Join Commonwealth of Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steve Staples, who will provide background remarks on developing the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and high school redesign.

Panel Discussion

Professor Scott Bray will moderate a discussion among several panelists about the role of education in a transformed Virginia economy.

  • Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean, School of Professional & Continuing Studies
  • Dr. James Lane, Superintendent, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Two Chesterfield County high school students

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership in Education and the School of Professional & Continuing Studies Graduate Education program.

This event is free and open to the public, and Continental breakfast will be provided. Online registration is required; walk-ins may be accommodated on a space-available basis.

Keynote Speaker

Steve Staples

Dr. Steve Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Virginia


James Lane

Dr. James Lane, Superintendent, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Jamelle Wilson

Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Dean, University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies


Scott Bray

Dr. Scott Bray, Assistant Chair, Teacher Licensure Preparation Program, and Assistant Professor, Education

Contact: Julia Burke, Program Manager, (804) 484-1584