A new cohort of ECCHO Award winners were recognized at the November 10, 2015 school board meeting. Having been nominated by colleagues, leaders, parents or students, these professionals were selected using a rubric designed to evaluate the scope and impact of the nominee’s display of the division’s core values.
Winners of the November 2015 ECCHO Awards , left to right: Lisa Hobbs, Amanda Steeley, Jacquie Hamilton, Suzanne Taylor, Stephanie Falconer, Amy Trowbridge.
The GCPS ECCHO Awards are an integral part of the Values Based Leadership model implemented throughout the division. We believe that the best way to maximize the potential of a learner, be it a student or an adult, is to create an environment in which the individual can live, work and lead in alignment with core values that resonate deeply as important, even non-negotiable points of conviction.
GCPS has identified five of these values: Excellence, Creativity, Courage, Honor and Optimism (ECCHO). The ECCHO awards highlight exemplary displays of behaviors that reflect an alignment between individual and organizational values.
In recognition of the innovation and success of its Values Based Leadership (VBL) initiative, Goochland County Public Schools (GCPS) has been named a District of Distinction by District Administration. Goochland County was among 62 districts across the nation that were honored in the March 2015 round of Districts of Distinction, the magazine’s national recognition program for K12 school districts.
“We are pleased to honor Goochland County as a District of Distinction,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, Goochland County Public Schools serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”
GCPS began its journey into values based leadership in 2012 in partnership with Luck Companies.
“A big congratulations from all of us here at Luck Companies for yet another round of recognition of your commitment, hard work and leadership,” remarked Mark Fernandes, Luck Companies Chief Leadership Officer. “We look forward to our continued work together in support of your mission to ensure all students are provided to opportunity to realize their full potential.”
“The next step in that process for us is to develop the leadership potential in our students, through the development of a leadership curriculum that includes the identification of each student’s own values,” Hendron adds. “We are indebted to the Luck Companies of Goochland, Virginia, for sharing their decade-long experience with values-based leadership.”
GCPS introduced the VBL model to its leadership team and launched a six-year strategic planning initiative that is still underway. Currently, the district is designing a leadership curriculum for students. The district’s ECCHO awards recognize the “excellence, creativity, courage, honor and optimism” in staff and students working to better their schools.
The school board recognized February’s ECCHO Award recipients during the regularly scheduled February 10th meeting. Goochland’s ECCHO Award is designed to recognize individuals for displays of the the division’s 5 core values, Excellence, Creativity, Courage, Honor and Optimism. The awards are held quarterly and honor recipients from each of the five schools and one from the division.
February 2015 ECCHO Awardees (L to R): Jaime Sprouse (RES), Connie Brice (BES), Ann Rohrer (GMS), Sally Hodges (GES), Jacob Webb (GHS), & Bill Lyon (Division), with Board Chair, John Lumpkins.
Individual employees or students are nominated by other members of the school community. The principal then leads a selection process using a rubric to evaluate the nominations and choose a winning recipient. Other nominees are also recognized and potentially included in the selection process for future recognitions.
We are especially proud to honor GHS student, Jacob Webb, nominated by his principal, Mike Newman. Jacob found $300 and could have kept it without anyone knowing. Instead, he lived out the core value of honor and submitted the lost money to the administration who were then able to return it.
The awards, themselves, are developed and created by CTE teacher Kenneth Bouwens and the GHS Digital Imaging students.
Congratulations to this quarter’s ECCHO Award recipients!