Piloting Innovative Educational Strategies

Piloting Innovative Educational Strategies:


Beyond providing a unique and outstanding educational experience to our students, the Governor’s School mission encompasses developing and disseminating best practices in STEM education to a wider audience. Our leadership and outreach activities fall under the following categories:

  • Piloting Innovative Educational Strategies and Sharing Results

The results of ten years of implementing our ALEKS Summer Software Program for rising juniors has been presented to faculty and administrators at our participating school divisions. These presentations have included providing divisions with detailed data on mastery of math concepts by students from their divisions to highlight strengths and weaknesses of the division’s math programs. Presentations about the summer program have also been accepted to national conferences as well, although the presentations were not able to be given due to the pandemic.


  • Providing Professional Development for Educators from Participating Divisions

Governor’s School hosts regular professional development sessions for Gifted Coordinators, School Counselors, and Math and Science Teachers on topics that include ranging from unique aspects of competitive college admissions to issues surrounding class ranking and creating digital curricula using CANVAS. 


  • Collaborating with Colleges, Universities, and Research Institutions

ODU: Collaborating on entrepreneurship, hosting a competition

Multiple educational and research organizations providing mentors for Capstone experiences: NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson Lab, CNU, Hampton University, College of William and Mary, local hospitals and many other organizations

Virginia Tech: working with Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA) faculty to pilot a data science course at GSST