Teaching in Unpredictable Times Workshop Series

ACPS PD

In a time of multiple and overlapping crises—the COVID-19 pandemic, a national reckoning on race and injustice, political polarization, and threats to voting rights and access—how will you teach about current events, including the election? ACPS is offering three connected workshops, each facilitated by Facing History and Ourselves, that can be taken collectively or à la carte. Each opportunity will offer resources, support and strategies to teach in this environment.

The first workshop in the series is Election 2020: Teaching in Unpredictable Times. Register to participate in this on-demand webinar independently and then come together to debrief and discuss with your colleagues. Continue reading

Office of Community Engagement Releases More Fall 2020 PD Opportunities in Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally Responsive Teaching

From our foundational CRT module sessions to a division-wide virtual CRT & The Brain book study, start or continue your learning in Culturally Responsive Teaching this fall through the Office of Community Development’s CRT professional development series.

To find out more about and register for these and other PD offerings from the Office of Community Engagement, click on the “CRT 2020-2021 PD” featured link on the Professional Development web page, or visit the internal ACPS PD Offerings page. Please contact Leilani Keys, ACPS Equity Specialist, with questions.

Next Round of Division PLC Meetings: Oct. 16 or 23

PLC

The next round of Division PLC (DPLC) meetings is coming up on October 16 or 23, depending on your group. Please refer to the Division PLC 2020-21 document for key information about the purpose and structure of DPLCs as well as the meeting schedule and Zoom links.

Please email leadcoaches@k12albemarle.org with any questions.

Technology Pop-Up Alert Messages

Alert Notification

The Department of Technology is now able to have important pop-up messages appear on ACPS student and staff laptops and iPads. This communication strategy will be used when a major ACPS system is not working or is experiencing technical difficulties (e.g., Zoom, Schoology or Seesaw). We want you to be aware of this new communication strategy in case we use pop-up messages in the future. Please make sure your students and families are aware that we may use pop-up messages.

This Friday, October 16, we will send a test pop-up message to all ACPS student and staff laptops and iPads. Continue reading

Content Opportunities Course for K-5 Teachers: 2nd Meeting on Oct. 12

ACPS PD

Monday, October 12, 2020  | 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. | Registration

Attention all K-5 teachers: You’re invited to the second meeting of our Content Opportunities Course on October 12 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

Stage 3 Details: Survey, Informational Video & Draft Slides

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues,

At their upcoming meeting on October 8, the Albemarle County School Board will decide whether the school division will progress to the next stage of reopening (from Stage 2 to Stage 3). The school division will remain in its current stage (Stage 2) through at least the end of the first quarter. The Board’s decision will impact the second quarter of the school year, which begins on November 9. Continue reading

All Instruction Will Be Asynchronous on November 2, Plus November 3 Now a Holiday for All Employees

November 3, 2020 Election Day

Monday, November 2, is now a trade-off day for parent conferences. November 2 will still be an instructional day for students; however, all instruction will be asynchronous. Our school buildings will be closed to all students on November 2; there will be no in-person access. We will share this information with families later this week. Continue reading

Reminder: Asynchronous Elementary Optional Seesaw Resources

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Elementary Teachers: Please remember to bookmark the link to the ACPS Asynchronous Elementary Optional Seesaw Resources spreadsheet. Instructional coaches and talent development resource teachers have created this activity bank to support asynchronous learning on Fridays. These Seesaw activities can serve as the entire learning plan for Friday or supplement plans you have in place. This resource will be updated weekly with new activities! Continue reading

Division PLC Meeting Schedule & Zoom Links

PLC

The next round of Division PLC (DPLC) meetings is coming up on September 18 or 25, depending on your group. Please refer to the Division PLC 2020-21 document for key information about the purpose and structure of DPLCs as well as the meeting schedule and Zoom links.

Please email leadcoaches@k12albemarle.org with any questions.