Virginia Beach City Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Joe Burnsworth has been selected as the recipient of the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) Curriculum Leader of the Year award. The award was presented Nov. 29 at the 2012 VASCD Annual Conference in Williamsburg.
Burnsworth was recognized for his leadership in transforming the school division’s elementary language arts program to an integrated performance-based curriculum.
Beth Estill, a reading resource specialist for Malibu Elementary School, nominated Burnsworth for the award. In her nominations, she wrote, “Under Mr. Burnsworth’s leadership, the elementary language arts program has undergone a complete transformation. He implemented a three-prong blueprint to move from a basal-driven program to an integrated performance-based program. This has not been an easy process, but Mr. Burnsworth has never wavered on his commitment to ensuring that all students in Virginia Beach receive the instruction they deserve.”
Jennifer Born, director of the Office of Compensatory Programs and Remediation added, “Mr. Burnsworth is a visionary who is a steadfast ambassador of the philosophy that all students can make significant contributions to our greater community. He embodies all the qualities that make a great instructional leader – flexibility, compassion, professionalism, high expectations, creativity and curricular innovation.”
Burnsworth has been with Virginia Beach City Public Schools since 1977. He has served as a teacher, coordinator of gifted programs, middle school principal and director of secondary instructional services. Burnsworth was named to his current position in 2010.
Also at the annual conference, Corporate Landing Middle School Principal Daniel Smith was announced as president-elect. Smith will serve in that position for one year before assuming the position of president.
VASCD is an affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Its mission is to advance excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. The association awards the Curriculum Leader of the Year as recognition for outstanding contributions to instructional leadership.