Virginia NBCT Network Awareness Meeting – Nov. 17

Virginia is for NBCTsSaturday, November 17 | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | New College Institute

Teachers, school administrators, central office leaders, and School Board members: You’re invited to learn more about the benefits of National Board Certification in your division through quality professional development for teachers that improves student learning and achievement. Please attend the Virginia NBCT Network Awareness meeting this Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to nbctvirginia@gmail.com (Subject line: Nov Mtg).

Now Forming Product Development Teams: Interested Teachers Should Respond by Dec. 3

Team Product DevelopmentTeachers: This fall, the Content Advisory Teams (formerly Vertical Teams) identified 21 projects that we will develop in order to help move the curriculum, assessment and instruction of the school division forward. We are looking for teachers across every discipline to work within Product Development Teams on these projects. Interested teachers should respond by December 3. Continue reading

Changes to Teacher Landing Pages

ACPS Teacher SitesTeacher Landing Pages are no longer required by ACPS, and we are beginning the process of transitioning away from those sites hosted on the ACPS website (a.k.a., “SharePoint”) at https://www3.k12albemarle.org/teachers. Links to all old SharePoint-based landing pages will be removed from School Staff Directories on November 16!

We urge teachers who wish to maintain an ACPS-hosted web presence to act now to choose an alternative: Continue reading

JMU Leadership Program – Interest Meeting on Nov. 15

JMU LogoNovember 15, 2018 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary

JMU will host an interest meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its M.Ed. and certificate options, on Thursday, November 15, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stone-Robinson Elementary School library. There is a possibility, based on interest, that a cohort program will start in January with courses offered in ACPS and held one night each week. View the program brochure »

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NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: Feb. 1

The NEA FoundationThe National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers multiple grant opportunities for educators, including Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Three grant deadlines are established annually: February 1, June 1, and October 15. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Continue reading

Improving Teacher-Family Communications

VoIP PhoneTo better communicate with all families across the division, teachers now are able to use their classroom phones to make long distance calls to the parents and guardians of their students. This change will make it easier for teachers to engage students’ families. It also recognizes the diversity represented across our school populations, especially given the number of families with cell phone area codes other than 434.

Long distance calling will require the use of a passcode that will be unique to each school. Continue reading

Design, Making & Engineering PD Opportunities

ACPS PDWe are providing multiple sessions throughout the school year to build skills and community around tools and technology in Albemarle County. These short courses provide teachers with the confidence and basic knowledge to try new things with students! Feel free to sign up for all topics, or just one or two. Each class is open to all grade levels and will be relevant for elementary, middle, and high school. Continue reading

Summer 2019 Spanish Immersion Trip to Costa Rica; Info Session on Oct. 2

Learn Spanish in Costa RicaAre you interested in being immersed in a different culture for two weeks? Are you interested in improving your Spanish-speaking skills? Would you like to have a deeper empathy for what our English Learners experience on a daily basis? Then this trip is for you!

ACPS teachers and administrators with ANY level of Spanish proficiency are invited to partake in a two-week authentic language and cultural experience with Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI), June 16-29, 2019, in Costa Rica. View a detailed itinerary »

Learn more by attending an informational session on Tuesday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m. We’ll meet in the ESOL Office located on the 3rd floor of the Northside Library at 705 Rio Road West. Continue reading

Upcoming Central Virginia KidWind Challenge Events

KidWind ChallengeAttention teachers of students in grades 4-12: Have you considered organizing a KidWind Challenge Team? This year’s regional event will be held right here in Charlottesville on April 8, 2019! Please consider attending the Coach Training Workshop on November 14 to learn more and receive free equipment to get started in your classroom. (Attending the workshop does not commit you to forming a team.)

The KidWind Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience for students. Continue reading