Reminder: Apply for a Shannon Grant by April 16

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Every year, the Shannon Foundation awards up to 20 grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to $5,000 to teachers in the Albemarle County and Charlottesville City school divisions. Albemarle County teachers usually earn more than half of these grants, which support innovative learning ideas in classrooms from the earliest learners to high school. In fact, many of our teachers have received awards in multiple grant years.

The process to apply for financial support is simple, and it takes only a few minutes to complete the online grant application. The deadline to apply is two weeks from today, Friday, April 16. Continue reading

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts: Classroom Residency Opportunity

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Attention pre-K through first-grade teachers: Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is offering you an opportunity to participate in a virtual 5-session classroom residency. Wolf Trap classroom residencies are creative partnerships between “Teaching Artists” (musicians, dancers, actors and puppeteers) and early childhood educators as they collaborate in using the performing arts to engage children, enrich their learning, and reinforce curriculum. Continue reading

Weekly Professional Learning Series From Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts

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Attention teachers, pre-K through first grade: Check out our new professional development course listings for arts integration! Beginning next week and continuing through May, we will offer weekly learning opportunities from Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists who specialize in music, movement, drama, or puppetry. These interactive sessions are designed to increase your confidence in using the performing arts to foster children’s cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development. Continue reading

Content Opportunities Course for K-5 Teachers: 7th meeting on March 8

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Monday, March 8, 2021 | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Registration

Attention all K-5 teachers: You’re invited to the seventh meeting of our Content Opportunities Course on March 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The course, which we will offer monthly, aims to support implementation of inquiry-based curricula in science and social studies as outlined in the pacing guide. A great group of teachers, coaches and LTIs are collaborating to support this work, and participants are eligible for recertification points. Continue reading

Elementary Art & Music Lessons to Support Instruction in Stage 4

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Elementary Teachers: Weekly art and music activities are currently being created by teams of elementary specialists. The first lessons to support Stage 4 instruction will be available in Seesaw this Friday, March 5.

Where to access: Weekly lessons are posted to the ACPS Friday At-Home Learning Elementary Seesaw & Weekly Specials Resources Google Sheet. Continue reading

Winter PD Opportunities: Staff Wellness, Supporting English Learners & Culturally Responsive Teaching

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The following virtual professional learning opportunities are starting soon or ongoing. You can view more details on the ACPS Professional Development site and register on our internal PD Opportunities page. If you have any questions, please email Lauren Price or Jenn Sublette. Continue reading

Shannon Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications – Apply by April 16

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Every year, the Shannon Foundation supports our teachers by funding their best ideas for classroom programs or projects. The Foundation offers two levels of financial support: Level 1 grants of up to $750, which are awarded to individual teachers or a team of teachers with an innovative or unique learning idea, and Level 2 grants of up to $5,000, which are awarded to school teams, led by a coordinating teacher or building administrator.

This year, the Shannon Foundation has made it even easier to apply: Teachers can visit the Shannon Foundation’s Grants page and apply directly. All submissions must be received by April 16, 2021. Continue reading

Stage 4 Instructional & Technology Resources

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In preparation for a possible decision to transition to Stage 4 of our Return to School plan, the departments of Instruction and Technology collaborated to create a set of resources for teachers. In addition to these resources, we encourage teachers to reach out to your school’s assigned Instructional Coaches and Learning Technology Integrator to support thinking through instructional needs and approaches. Continue reading