Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane receives 2016 Impact Award

Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Lane recently received the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) 2016 Impact Award in recognition of his work on CodeRVA, a collaborative effort made up of 13 school systems to design a high school of the future focused on coding and computer science.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools is fortunate to have an innovative and engaging leader such as Dr. Lane,” School Board Chair Dianne H. Smith said. “The School Board was encouraged by Dr. Lane’s vision for our schools early on and is excited to see it begin to turn into reality. Our school division and region will benefit from his desire to look education through a different lens. CodeRVA is but one example of how the School Board and Dr. Lane will work collaboratively to provide a 21st century education for all students.”
During his years as a Superintendent in three school divisions, Dr. Lane has been widely recognized as an innovative leader. For the last two years, Dr. Lane has championed the development and creation of CodeRVA, a regional high school with 13 partnering school divisions that will increase the number of computer science professionals in the Greater Richmond area. In addition, Dr. Lane created Advanced College Academies in Goochland Public Schools through partnerships with local community colleges that afforded students opportunities to earn a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree while in high school. He has initiated similar work already in Chesterfield County. Work on both of these projects was highlighted earlier this year at The White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.

In Goochland County, Dr. Lane’s Balanced Assessment Project was recognized nationally as a top model for prioritizing student academic growth. His work on using data to shine a light on improving people and processes related to instruction was recognized last year with the national “Flashlight Award” by the Data Quality Campaign. Dr. Lane constantly speaks in Chesterfield County of alternate ways to measure student, staff and school achievement and has tasked his leadership team with developing alternative growth measures to determine success.

Through the VASCD Impact Award, Dr. Lane is recognized as a “difference maker” for students throughout the region and particularly for his visionary leadership of the CodeRVA project. CodeRVA is intended to create equal access to college and career preparation for under-served, low-income or marginalized students in a unique, highly engaging environment. CodeRVA’s design builds on next generation school models across the nation that rethink the use of time and space, leverage technology to personalize and accelerate learning and redesign curriculum to align with competency-based progressions. Focused on computer science, the school will offer the opportunity to complete high school requirements through a combination of blended learning, integrated coursework and project-based learning.

“Virginia ASCD is committed to advancing innovation and excellence in the commonwealth’s public schools,” said VASCD Executive Director Laurie McCullough. “Dr. Lane understands the skills needed to succeed in a 21st-century workforce and a global economy and is committed to creating schools that prepare students for the world in which they will live.”

Dr. James Lane became superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools on July 1, 2016. Previously, he was superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools. Dr. Lane has been recognized by the White House for his innovative instructional programs, and he was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year in 2016 and was also honored as a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association.

Dr. Lane received the 2016 Impact Award at the annual VASCD Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. VASCD is dedicated to advancing excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. Virginia ASCD is a membership organization of more than 1,200 members statewide, including teachers, school administrators and higher education faculty.