Assessment and Grading Study

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Greetings Colleagues:

Thank you for an excellent opening to the school year. Your students and families appreciate you, and so do I!

Whether you are just starting out as a teacher in Albemarle County Public Schools or you have been with the system for decades, you probably recognize that you work in a progressive school division aiming to provide the highest quality learning experiences for all students. Our mission “to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time” is your mission, as we cannot accomplish it without you. Continue reading

Workshop: Tools for Teaching and Learning – Oct. 2

VSUP LogoThe Virginia School-University Partnership/Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VSUP/VaSCL) presents Tools for Teaching and Learning: Teacher Clarity on Monday, October 2, at the Holiday Inn on Emmet Street. Presenter John Almarode will guide K-12 educators through an in-depth look at how to make learning visible to each and every student in the classroom, which research suggests doubles the rate of learning. Registration is now open!

Want to apply for Professional Development Reimbursement Program (PDRP) funding? Use this form »

Questions? Please contact Alison Dwier-Selden, Lead Coach.

Every Kid in a Park: Free Passes for 4th Graders!

Every Kid in a ParkAttention 4th-Grade Educators: Every Kid in a Park was created so fourth graders and their families could discover U.S. wildlife, resources, and history for free. As a fourth-grade educator, you can download an activity and print paper passes for each of your fourth-grade students. That pass gives them free access to all national parks, lands, and waters through August 31, 2018. Get started »

We Are Back in School!

Superintendent's Blog“The 2017-18 School Year is well underway across all 25 Albemarle County Public Schools. I am always delighted each year to visit every school in the first week to see our teachers and students come together to form new communities of learning. It is a joy to watch as our youngest children enter school for the first time and are greeted by teachers who are ready to help them make the transition into preschool and kindergarten. They learn in kindergarten to work and play with others and to negotiate their way around their schools. In many ways, children begin to acquire the lifelong learning competencies that we value for our graduates on the first day of school.” Read more of the Superintendent’s September 4 blog post »

No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

Edutopia“A decade ago, I watched college students break out for small group work on hallway benches, on the floor in the corner, and standing at tables. I noticed that kindergartners could learn while standing, kneeling, huddling under a table, and even sitting in a wooden cubby.” Keep reading in Edutopia »

What Superintendent Moran has to say: Continue reading

International Dot Day Is September 15th-ish

International Dot DayInternational Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began on September 15, 2009, when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot, a story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities. Each year on International Dot Day (on or around September 15), the inspiration continues as people of all ages rediscover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

Sign up to celebrate International Dot Day and download a free Educator’s Handbook! Get started, get inspired, and get connected »

Wow in the World: A Podcast for Curious Kids & Their Grown-ups

Wow in the WorldNPR’s Tinkercast presents Wow in the World, a podcast aimed at kids ages 5-12 (and their grown-ups). Every Monday and Thursday, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas take their listeners on a journey away from their screens, inside their brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation. Listen »