Inclusion Project: Submit a Mini-Grant Application by Jan. 29

VCU School of Education Partnership for People with DisabilitiesThe Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Partnership for People with Disabilities, supports the Inclusion Project, a youth-led initiative to increase disability awareness in schools. Beginning January 2018, the Inclusion Project is pleased to announce it is offering up to 6 mini grants (max: $2,000) to support K-12 schools interested in planning an Inclusion Project event. Applications must be received by January 29. Open the Mini-Grant Application Form »

Questions? Please contact Jack Brandt at 804-828-1365 or brandtj@vcu.edu.

Teachers: Get Free Admission to the “Terracotta Army” Exhibition

Terracotta ArmyGovernor McAuliffe has announced that K-12 teachers in Virginia can receive free admission to the Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond. Terracotta Army showcases 130 works of art, drawn from the collections of 14 art museums and archaeological institutes across Shaanxi Province in China. Read the VMFA’s press release »

To claim a free ticket, teachers must present their identification card at VMFA’s Visitor Services desk. The exhibition opened November 18, 2017, and will run through March 11, 2018. Continue reading

Bite-Size SEL Lessons

Edutopia“I used to think that snack time was an interruption in the schedule in my early childhood classroom. I offered crackers and water and then asked kids to finish up so we could move on to whatever activity was next.

Last year, however, I found ways in which snack time—previously just a pit stop in our day—could help teach social and emotional skills and build a classroom community in which each child felt valued. My students and I savored our snack time. Here’s how I did it.” Keep reading in Edutopia »

Speak Up Survey – Participate by January 19

Speak UpACPS Educators: Each year the Speak Up Survey provides our district with rich data that helps us make important decisions for students. Through this survey, we learn how students use technology, what technologies are important to teachers, how our use of technology aligns with the needs of our families, and more. View a copy of the letter emailed to ACPS parents and educators on Nov. 16 »

In the past, we have received thousands of responses across the district, and this year, we’re aiming for 100% participation. Taking the survey is easy: Continue reading

Virginia Film Festival Features “My Kid Is Not Crazy” on Sunday, Nov. 12

VA Film FestivalNovember 12, 2017 | 11 a.m. | St. Anne’s-Belfield School

This Sunday, November 12, the Virginia Film Festival will feature My Kid Is Not Crazy, a documentary that tracks the journey of six children and their families as they become tangled in the nightmare of a disabling and misunderstood illness: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS). Learn more about the film »

Watch the trailer and get tickets ($10) »

Women in Technology Experience – Nov. 15

Virginia Secretary of TechnologyNovember 15, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Greater Richmond Convention Center

The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Technology is thrilled to present the Women in Technology (WIT) Experience, powered by Capital One. This exciting one-day event will take place Wednesday, November 15, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Women from across Virginia, in all stages of their tech careers, will come together to participate in technology training sessions, educational seminars, networking, and a hackathon workshop. Learn more and get registered »

Tear Down the Walls to Create Anytime, Anywhere Learning – Free Webinar on Nov. 9

Future Ready SchoolsNovember 9, 2017 | 2 to 2:30 p.m. | YouTube Live

You’re invited to join Future Ready Schools® and the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on personalized learning: Tear Down the Walls to Create Anytime, Anywhere Learning. Click the link for more info! Registration is required.

See upcoming webinars and events »