VASCD’s Social-Emotional Learning Institute

VASCDTuesday, March 14, 2017 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Jepson Center at Mary Washington

VASCD’s 2017 Whole Child Institute focuses on the importance of social-emotional learning and its place in the classroom and school. Participants will hear from Susan Craig, author of Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, K-5, as well as Virginia teachers and administrators whose efforts in this area are making a difference for students every day. Learn more about VASCD’s Social-Emotional Learning Institute »

Current Grant Opportunities

Open GrantsTeachers: Don’t forget to visit the Open Grants & Contests page within the Compass for current opportunities. In addition to highlighting specific funding opportunities, our Open Grants page serves as a portal to websites that maintain a running list of grant opps; for example, Edutopia and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Also, our Open Grants page includes several older posts that are still current! Organizations like Naiku, the NEA, and Toshiba accept grant applications either on a rolling basis or during multiple windows throughout the year.

Ready to apply for a grant? Following these steps will help you develop a strong application.

What Changes When a School Embraces Mindfulness?

MindShift“The program is a blend of neuroscience, social and emotional tenets like empathy and perspective taking, and mindfulness …”

Regarding her K-8 Title I school’s experience with implementation, principal Lana Penley shared, “We’ve seen this huge shift in the overall tone and civility of the school culture.”
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Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate at ODU

Old Dominion UniversityOld Dominion University is now accepting applications for a new cohort of students for the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate Program beginning in Fall 2017. One of the main goals of this program is to train teachers and other professionals working with students in school settings to implement evidence-based practices and to evaluate and monitor the progress of students’ academic and social learning while addressing challenging behavior.

For further information, contact: Dr. Laura Chezan | 757-683-7055 |

Participate in Digital Learning Day on February 23, 2017!

Digital Learning DayEach year, states, districts, schools and classrooms across the United States and around the world hold thousands of events to celebrate Digital Learning Day. Please join fellow ACPS educators and students and plan to participate in Digital Learning Day 2017 by adding your event to this map. If you’d like to work with a DART Ed Tech team member to plan an activity for Digital Learning Day, please reach out to your school’s assigned DART Ed Tech support contact. Don’t forget to use the #DLDay hashtag and to tag @OfficialDLDay!

Community Outreach Survey: Summary Report

Budget ConstructionFrom November 16-27, 2016, we received 1,119 responses to our Community Outreach Survey from ACPS students, parents, employees, and community members. Our goal in administering this survey was to provide, define, and give examples of research-based elements of effective schools and ask our stakeholders to rank them in order of our effectiveness, and in so doing, provide an opportunity for community input to assist the Superintendent and School Board in developing a funding request for 2017-18. View the survey summary report »

Connect to the 2017-18 budget development process »

Safer Internet Day Is February 7!

Safer Internet DayTomorrow is Safer Internet Day 2017! Taking place on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, with a theme of “Be the change: Unite for a better internet,” we call upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially children and young people. Find out how your school can participate »

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Piedmont Master Gardener Association Offering Education Horticulture Grants – Apply by Feb. 28

Piedmont Master GardenersThe Piedmont Master Gardener (PMG) Association, a volunteer organization within the Virginia Cooperative Extension, is offering grants dedicated exclusively to youth education related to horticulture and/or gardening. Any public or private K-12 educator within Albemarle County or Charlottesville City is eligible to apply for a 2017 grant. Grant applications must be submitted by February 28, 2017. Continue reading