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! Please consider attending the Coach Training Workshop on September 29 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

“Imagine a Day Without Water” Student Art Contest – Submissions Due by Oct. 15

Imagine a Day Without Water2018 Student Art Contest Information

Contest website: Imagine a Day Without Water
2018 Theme: How Do You Save Water? | Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. on October 15
Open to: All Albemarle County & Charlottesville City students, grades 1-8

Open the contest flyer and entry form »
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Ready for International Dot Day 2018?

International Dot DayInternational Dot Day is coming up on September 15th-ish! Join over 10 million in 170 countries celebrating creativity, courage and collaboration!

On September 15, 2009, 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 »

NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: October 15

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

JMU Educational Leadership Program – Next Cohort Starts Sept. 4

JMU Outreach & EngagementInterested in School Administration? The James Madison University (JMU) Educational Leadership Program is starting a new cohort next Tuesday, September 4, at the Governor’s School in Fishersville! The class runs for 12 weeks on Tuesday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. If you have not registered or applied, come to the first class and see what it is all about. It is not too late to start this semester! Continue reading

Blackboard Learn Resources for 2018-19

BlackboardBlackboard Learn (Bb Learn) is now set up and ready for the 2018-19 school year. Teachers interested in using Blackboard this school year will need to activate classes using the Blackboard Class Request Form (PDF version or MS Word version). The form contains important information about how to request classes and when to select a master class. You also can view a sample form to assist you as you complete the form for your classes. Continue reading

August 17 PD Sessions: Registration Now Open!

ACPS PDRegistration for August 17 Professional Development sessions is now live.

Teachers: You are responsible for 6 hours of professional development this summer. If you participated in two PD sessions July 9-19 or in CAI, Design Academy, Responsive Classroom, Developmental Designs, Intervention Institute, Albemarle County Writing Collaborative, or AVID, then you do NOT need to register for sessions on August 17.

Please contact Shelia Waddy or Jennifer Sublette with any questions.

Teacher Laptops

Lenovo 11eBeginning in the 2018-19 school year, all new teacher laptops and all replacement laptops issued to teachers will be the Lenovo 11e model, similar to those used by our students in the 1:1 laptop initiative.

This upgrade will better serve you as you design learning activities and projects for students informed by our Lifelong-Learner Competencies and Seven Pathways, particularly Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Interactive Technologies, and Connectivity. Continue reading

Teachers: Don’t Forget to Register to Attend an Upcoming Listening Tour With Superintendent Haas!

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Fellow Educators,

You’ve probably heard that I am hosting a Listening Tour this summer. My intention is to relearn our school system from a new perspective—to see and understand our students, parents, employees, and school communities through new eyes and ears.

The first opportunity for teachers to participate is next Wednesday, July 11, with two more events the following week on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18. Additionally, I’ve reserved three dates in August specifically to hear from you: August 7, 14 and 29. Continue reading

ActivInspire Update

ActivInspireTeachers: Due to changes in the way that Promethean licenses their products, the interactive whiteboard software ActivInspire will not be included on our instructional laptop computer image for the 2018-19 school year.

Despite this change, all teachers and students who routinely use a Promethean ActivBoard for instructional purposes will be able to use ActivInspire on their laptops. Continue reading