The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – Application Deadline for Students in Grades 5-12: Nov. 5

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has kicked off its annual search for America’s top youth volunteers. This unique youth recognition program, founded 25 years ago by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honors middle level and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Learn more about the awards »

Applications for the 2020 awards are now open to students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past year. The application deadline is November 5, 2019. Learn how to apply »

Now Forming CAT Product Teams – Submit Interest Form by Oct. 31

Project Team

Teachers: Our Content Advisory Teams (formerly Vertical Teams) have identified projects that the division will develop in order to advance our curriculum, assessment and instruction. Projects have been selected in response to suggestions made by the Content Advisory Teams as well as some of you over the last six months. The range of projects is diverse, from creating sample pacing guides to developing assessments to vetting potential curricular resources.

We are now looking for teachers across every discipline to work with a CAT Product Team to develop these projects. Please review project information, descriptions, and compensation and let us know by October 31 if you are interested in participating in any of the projects. Continue reading

2019 Making Connections Program & Session Registration

Making Connections 2019

Our annual Making Connections professional learning event is coming up soon on Friday, November 1. The Making Connections 2019 Program is now available! Registration for sessions will open this Thursday, October 24, at 4 p.m. You also can access Making Connections 2019 Enrollment in the left-navigation of the Professional Development web page under the Staff tab on the ACPS website. Continue reading

Resources Available for New Elementary Language Arts Report Card

New Elementary Language Arts Report Card

Teachers: An Elementary Report Card Resources web page (login required) has been created on the SIS Support site and will be a central repository for information about the new elementary report card.

Some of the resources available include:

Digital Citizenship Week: Oct. 14-18

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Week (October 14-18) is an opportunity to reflect on the role of technology in our schools. To help strengthen the role of technology in your classroom, consider taking some time next week for discussions and activities with your students. To support this, the Department of Technology has created resources for ACPS educators including videos, discussion prompts, and more: Continue reading

Flex Days in 2019-20: November 4, January 21, March 3 & April 3


The following 2019-20 teacher workdays will be flex days: November 4, January 21, March 3, and April 3 (half-day). These days are designated for teachers to work on report cards, plan for instruction, and complete other tasks related to their work. On flex days, teachers may perform their work at school or another location, as their responsibilities permit. Continue reading

NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: Oct. 15

The NEA Foundation

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers multiple grant opportunities for educators, including Student Success 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. Continue reading

Making Connections Will Be Held Nov. 1; Call for Proposals Open Until Oct. 11

Making Connections 2019

Making Connections: Building Relationships, Relevance & Rigor for ALL

Our annual Making Connections professional learning event will be held Friday, November 1. Given the wide range of innovative practices and effective strategies developed by educators here in Albemarle County, our programming this year will be a combination of workshops facilitated by visiting educators and by ACPS teachers and administrators. Continue reading

Reminder: JMU Master’s of Education in Literacy Education – Interest Meeting Tonight!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 5 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary School Library

ACPS is excited to announce the creation of a cohort program through James Madison University (JMU) for those teachers interested in pursuing a Master’s of Education in Literacy Education. To learn more about the program, please join us in the library at Stone-Robinson Elementary School for a Q&A with JMU faculty on September 25 at 5 p.m. View the Course Schedule »

Interested? Continue reading

Student Password Change—Thank You!


The Department of Technology appreciates your support and patience yesterday with the required student password change. This change in practice for our students and staff is important and necessary for digital security. Also, practicing and understanding the importance of password security helps build our students’ digital citizenship skills—skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

We also appreciate the feedback we have received and would like to share a few lessons learned: Continue reading