Apply for a GreenWorks! Grant by September 30

PLT GreenWorksProject Learning Tree (PLT) offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT training, either in-person or online. The annual deadline to apply is September 30. Funding will be distributed in December 2017.

Like Peanut Butter and Jelly: Uniting the 5Cs and the SOL

VASCDStudents need to build skills in the 5Cs* in order to succeed in the world outside of school. But how can teachers focus on these skills and still meet the demands of the Standards of Learning? The Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) invites you to attend Like Peanut Butter and Jelly: Uniting the 5Cs and the SOL to learn an intentional planning process that will help your students develop the 5Cs and master SOL content at the same time. Choose from one of three sessions:

September 28 in Roanoke | October 19 in Winchester | November 2 in Richmond

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Where Assessments Go Wrong: Getting Assessment Right

ASCD Learn Teach LeadASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio presents Where Assessments Go Wrong: Getting Assessment Right, with guest Rick Stiggins and host Matt Wachel. Rick Stiggins is author of The Perfect Assessment System and the founder and retired president of the Assessment Training Institute (ATI), a professional-development company created and designed to provide teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and communities with the assessment literacy they need to face today’s assessment challenges. Host and ASCD Emerging Leader Matt Wachel is an elementary assistant principal in the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, MO.

This is a good time of year to take a look at assessments. How can students help us improve the process? Play episode »

Toshiba Grants for K-12 Educators

Toshiba LogoToshiba America Foundation accepts grant applications from K-12 teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students.

Elementary teachers (K-5):  Apply by October 1 for a $1,000 grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into your classroom. Learn how to apply »

Secondary teachers (6-12): Toshiba accepts grant requests for $5,000 or less on a rolling basis. Requests for $5,000 or more are accepted and reviewed twice a year on June 1 and November 1. Learn how to apply »

Thank You for an Extraordinary Year

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

Education is a profession of people, not easily given to the precise use of numbers alone to measure progress or achievement. Yet, numbers can, on occasion, serve a useful purpose, and one of those occasions is this week as we prepare to conclude our 2016-17 school year.

The precise number I have in mind is 73.51, which is the percentage of voters who on November 8 approved the first school bond referendum in Albemarle County in nearly 40 years. Continue reading

Important Information Regarding Blackboard

BlackboardTeachers: Here are a few suggestions and resources to assist you with backing up your Blackboard (Bb) classes and preparing for the transition of your current class content and materials to new classes next school year. Also, please review the Annual Blackboard Management Plan. This resource has been updated with important information, deadlines and actions you will need to consider over the next school year. Continue reading

NCTM Grants, Scholarships & Awards – Deadline: November 3

NCTMThe National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) offers grants, scholarships and awards to help math teachers, prospective teachers, and other math educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Funding opportunities with a deadline of November 3, 2017, include: Continue reading