The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
Senior Independent Study: Internship Experiences with community partners
EcoSummit Senior Independent Study
All students within the program will complete an intensive one-year research project or senior internship focusing on a local sustainability issue. Through the independent study, students will have the opportunity to spend one year immersed in design thinking on a topic within the sustainable strand of their choice. The requirements of the independent study will be the same for all students, but the methods to complete the research project will be different based on the strand and student.
A goal of the independent study is to expose students to out-of-the-classroom design thinking experiences within our local community. Students' exposure to research and local, real-world, relevant field investigations will provide important educational opportunities. Students will design scientific studies and create potential sustainable solutions to local issues. The research project will culminate in an annual end-of-year Environmental Studies Program EcoSummit showcasing each senior's independent study work and each student's solutions or ideas to the local issue they focused on. The Environmental Studies Program EcoSummit will be delivered by students to members of the community, business and school officials.
For additional information contact Christopher Freeman, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator in the Department of Teaching and Learning.