Reminder: January 21 Is a Flex Day

Working from Home

As a reminder, Monday, January 20, is a holiday, and Tuesday, January 21, is a flex day. Flex 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.

School-based office associates and other school staff scheduled to work also may use January 21 as a flex day, if their responsibilities permit and with the pre-approval of their principal. Continue reading

Interested in Applying for a Bama Works Grant?

Bama Works: Dave Matthews Band Gives Back

The Bama Works Fund, a grant created by the Dave Matthews Band to support community initiatives in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, is currently accepting applications. There are two deadlines: February 1 (decision in mid-June) and August 1 (decision in mid-December). The award can be up to $10,000, which could help make your educational ideas a reality!

If you are interested in applying, please contact Helen Dunn, ACPS Legislative & Public Affairs Officer, to discuss your proposal. Continue reading

Secondary Teachers: Schoology Survey & Year 2 Update

Schoology

Attention All Secondary Teachers: As we approach the middle of our first year of Schoology implementation, we ask that you participate in a survey focused on Year 1 minimum expectations, future professional development opportunities, and student use of Schoology. Take the survey »

Please provide your feedback by Friday, January 24. We are looking for 100% participation from secondary teachers. Continue reading

NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: Feb. 1

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

Are Your Students Having Trouble Connecting to the Internet?

No Internet

The Department of Technology needed to perform an update to our internet filter this week. If after the update students are unable to connect to the internet, please have them restart their laptop (rather than selecting “shut down” or “log off”). Also, please remind all students to restart their computer on a regular basis, as this keeps the computer healthy and running in the most efficient way. Continue reading

DBQ Project Introductory Workshop on Jan. 29

DBQ Online

January 29, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Center I | Sign Up

Come learn how to effectively and efficiently use our new DBQ Online resource, which ACPS purchased for grades 6-12. This introductory workshop is designed to excite teachers new to the DBQ pedagogy and reinvigorate teachers who are already steeped in the DBQ experience. Join us on January 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Center I! Continue reading

Learning Resources for Hour of Code: Dec. 9-13

Hour of Code Logo

Computer coding is everywhere! A stoplight changes color… you click a link to visit a website… your students customize a world in Minecraft… all of these are examples of coding in real life. Hour of Code, held the week of December 9-13, is an opportunity for students and teachers to connect coding to their own experiences and to learn more about coding. Continue reading

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