GEF’s Strategic Innovation Grants program is designed to encourage innovative instructional design and support engaging learning experiences for Goochland students. The goal of this program is to encourage research and development on cutting edge instructional practices that will provide students with the critical 21st century skills and abilities that are needed for success in an ever-changing global market.

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The Goochland Education Foundation is happy to announce the winners of the 2018-19 Strategic Innovation Grants. The judges had very difficult decisions to make since every project submitted was excellent in this highly competitive application process.
Cyndy Brown, Executive Director, shared with all the teachers who submitted projects that she and the judges were very impressed with the research and innovative approach that went into the projects. The GEF looks forward to even more projects in the future that promote the principles of innovative and visionary education.

Byrd R.E.A.D.S. (Reading Eagles Always Deliver Success) – Byrd Elementary School-wide initiative to involve students, faculty, and staff in weekly book series discussions

Growing Up Green – collaborative project between Randolph Elementary School 4th Graders and GHS students and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to learn about the environment and the sustainability

Hand to Hand – collaborating with Beth Shalom Farm, Byrd Elementary School students will learn about food self-sufficiency, food sources, environmental impact, and food provision for those in need

Microbits and Hummingbirds – Goochland Elementary School students will develop skills in coding, robotics, and science concepts

Mind Up – Goochland Elementary School will create a Mindful Classroom for kindergarten students to practice techniques to become better leaders and learners

Pouring Hope – Randolph Elementary School students will set up and manage a coffee shop to raise awareness of refugees worldwide and in Sudan in particular

ReDefining Design – to purchase Hummingbird Duo Medium Classroom Kit to introduce coding and increase STEM skills to Randolph Elementary School students

S.A.V.E. (Students Aiding Virginia’s Environment) with Bayscapes – Byrd Elementary School students will create bayscapes that curtail runoff around the school property to improve the watershed

Spheros Journeying through Randolph Elementary School – purchase Spheros for students to create, design, and expand learning through coding in math, writing, reading, science, and social studies.