Dr. Patrick McLaughlin is the Strategic Planning Officer for Albemarle County Public Schools, a division of nearly 13,700 students, located in Central Virginia. It includes 26 schools across 726 square miles.
Working closely with principals, central office staff and the School Board, Dr. McLaughlin is responsible for the implementation of the division’s strategic plan and for the development of contemporary learning initiatives that support its project-based instructional model. The division’s emphasis on promoting student skills around creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and responsible citizenship has made it a regular presenter at regional and national education conferences and, together with its students, at the White House.
Prior to his current role, Dr. McLaughlin served as the principal of the division’s largest middle school, J. T. Henley. During his tenure, the school developed some of the division’s most innovative programs—the pilot of a team-taught, project-based learning model of instruction; the installation of a wind and solar powered renewable energy system at the school that is used to increase energy efficiency and broaden authentic learning experiences for students; and the transformation of a new gymnasium from a traditional activities-based design into a multi-purpose, technology-infused physical education facility that promotes lifelong health and fitness.