New Cohort for a Master’s in Library Science Through ODU – Q&A on March 25

ODU Idea Fusion

ACPS is excited to announce the creation of a cohort program through Old Dominion University for those teachers interested in pursuing a Master’s in Library Sciences. To learn more about the program, please join us for a Q&A with ODU faculty on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Professional Learning Center at Seminole Place (click here for directions). Please email Jenn Sublette at jsublette@k12albemarle.org with any questions. Continue reading

NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: June 1

The NEA Foundation

The 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

You Could Receive Up to $5,000: Apply for a Shannon Grant by April 19!

The Shannon Foundation wants to help teachers and schools implement their best ideas. Two levels of proposals are invited for the 2019-20 school year:

  • Level 1 grants, not to exceed $750, will be awarded to classroom teachers, individually or in teams, for projects that support original and innovative student activities.
  • Level 2 grants, not to exceed $5,000, may be awarded to schools for creative projects that enhance student learning across age and grade levels.

Open the application for all the details! Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 19. Continue reading

Teacher Transfer Requests for 2019-2020

Teacher Transfer Requests

Teacher Transfer Requests are now open to all tenured teachers desiring consideration for new assignments for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers who are on a Performance Improvement Plan or who will be on an active improvement plan for the upcoming school year are not eligible to apply for a transfer. All other teachers are welcome to apply for jobs online as vacancies become available. Continue reading

ACPSConnect – Vol. 1, Issue 1

#ACPSConnect

Welcome to #ACPSConnect, a division-wide communication from the Department of Student Learning designed to share instructional initiatives and innovative practices from our classrooms. As Dr. Haas noted when presenting 2020 budget needs, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” #ACPSConnect strives to contribute to the rise by sharing stories and insights from the field that lead to a lift for all students. Open Issue 1 »

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Second Semester PD Offerings

ACPS PD

As second semester gets underway, professional opportunities have been updated on the ACPS Professional Development site.

Highlights of the winter/spring offerings include Responsive Classroom sessions on Morning Meeting and Self Discipline; a variety of sessions in the “Design, Making, and Engineering” series; the new “Managing Your Digital World as an Educator” series; Google Certification; and CPR certification.

Updates on regional events, including conferences and seminars for educators, can be viewed on our External Professional Learning Opportunities page. Continue reading

New Learning Management System for ACPS

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Albemarle County Public Schools has selected a new Learning Management System to serve our communities of learners. This selection came after a thorough review process that included a large group of educators. You can view the teacher survey results and learn more about the evaluation process through our Learning on the Web: Blackboard web page.

We are pleased to announce that Schoology has been selected as our new Learning Management System. At this time, we are in contract negotiations. Continue reading

Email Storage Expansion for All & Productivity PD for ACPS Teachers

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ACPS teachers, office associates, and other support staff engage in a high volume of email correspondence with families, colleagues, and school administrators. Currently, ACPS employees have access to 250MB of email storage through Outlook Exchange, the email application provided by Albemarle County Public Schools. In an effort to further support teachers and all employees, the Department of Learning Engineering, Accessibility and Design (LEAD) will adjust the storage limit of all email accounts to 2G. Doing so will expand email storage by 800%. This change will take effect on February 1.

In addition, the Learning Technology team will host a series of professional learning opportunities for ACPS teachers in February titled, Tips for Managing Your Digital World as an Educator. Continue reading