Washington CH City Schools Recognized Nationally for Student Hope


Recently, Washington Court House City Schools was recognized as one of the leading schools in the nation for inspiring hope in students by Battelle for Kids, a national, not-for-profit organization with the mission of realizing the power and promise of 21st century learning for every student.

Due to the successes of student engagement in the district, WCHCS Superintendent Dr. Tom Bailey was selected to present at the National School Boards Association Conference on Saturday.

To accommodate for COVID-19, the conference was presented virtually this year to school board members, superintendents, assistant superintendents, business officials, school safety officers, and other education leaders eager to learn and shape the future of public education.

“We’re so inspired by Superintendent Tom Bailey presenting at NSBA21,” a spokesperson for Battelle for Kids said, “every child must have an answer to “who’s your advocate.”

(Above: WCHCS Superintendent Dr. Tom Bailey presenting at the National School Boards Association Conference)

Dr. Bailey was joined by Jamie Meade, Battelle for Kids Vice President and Chief of Staff and Danielle Prohaska, Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools Superintendent to present “Hope, Engagement, and Belonging: Now, More Important Than Ever!”

The trio lead an interactive online session to explore the science across decades of research on Hope - and its connection to emotional engagement and a sense on belonging in the learning environment.

Over 130 school board members, administrators, and other educators from across the country learned why hope, engagement, and belonging are essential to overall student well-being, as well as practical strategies to use in school and in remote learning situations.

“It was an honor to be selected from the national EdLeader21 Network of superintendents to present at the National School Boards Association Conference,” said Dr. Bailey.

“Battelle for Kids recognizes the incredible work that our district is doing in giving our students hope, as well as engaging and inspiring students to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.”

The EdLeader21 Network is a connection of school systems across the nation committed to 21st century learning for every student. WCHCS is a member of the EdLeader21 Network, allowing Blue Lion teachers and administrators to interact and connect with other future-thinking school systems across the country, empower them to accelerate equitable, deeper learning outcomes for every student.