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Over the course of 2013, we’ve been trying to get the word out about what’s going on locally in public education.  You may have noticed a new series of television spots on WHRO called Education NOW, where superintendents representing the public school divisions that own WHRO discuss the challenges they are facing in education today, like funding, assessment and accountability.

We’re continuing the Education NOW series by showcasing the opportunities our owner school divisions provide for student success.  WHRO Education and Production team members are traveling all over the area, from Middlesex to Isle of Wight to Poquoson, to capture video in classrooms, interview students, and show you at home the latest and greatest programs and initiatives taking place in our schools.

We have visited a handful of school divisions so far and have many stops to make in the coming days.  In Isle of Wight County Schools, we learned about the “iSLE 21” program, which stands for the Initiative for Student Learning and Engagement in the 21st Century.  The program gives every Isle of Wight student an iPad® to use to access e-textbooks, complete assignments and even read sheet music.

We also discovered Newport News Public Schools’ focus on career development and exploration.  High school students are able to enroll in special courses related to career interests in fields like health sciences and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  Students can even get an early start on a career during their last semester of high school through the Early Career Program.

And in Mathews County, we visited The Thrifty Spot, a community thrift store where Mathews High School’s special education students sort, price and display the merchandise.  The students gain real world work experience and the store makes enough money to be able to give back to the school division.

You can tune in to watch the new Education NOW spots on WHRO-TV beginning in early 2014.  In the meantime, keep an eye out, because we may be coming to a school division near you!