Shannon Foundation Extends Grant Application Deadline to June 1

Shannon Foundation

Due to COVID-19, the Shannon Foundation has extended the application deadline for a 2020-21 Shannon Grant to June 1, 2020. Open the grant application »

Also, please note that teachers have until August 1, 2021, to implement and submit reports for current projects funded for the 2019-20 school year. Continue reading

Transitioning to Online Learning: Resources for Teachers

Online Learning

To support the transition to online learning after spring break, our Student Learning and Technology departments have partnered to curate resources such as planning templates and easy-to-use technology how-to guides. We will continue to add resources and tools to the following sites over the course of the next few weeks: Continue reading

Albemarle County Writing Collaborative: Now Accepting Applications for Cohort #3

Albemarle County Writing Collaborative

Calling all teachers in grades 4-12: The 3rd cohort of the Albemarle County Writing Collaborative (ACWC) is now accepting applications! This is a professional learning experience where we pay YOU ($500 stipend) AND you earn 40 recertification points! Apply to Cohort #3 »

The Writing Collaborative seeks to build a community of teacher leaders who value writing as a practice, but also as a method for students to connect and learn. The ACWC is not just for English/language arts teachers! Continue reading


Teen Doing Homework on Computer at Home

As part of the Albemarle County School Board’s commitment to the ACPS Digital Learning Initiative and digital equity for our families, the Department of Technology has partnered with Kajeet to launch ACPS@Home. ACPS@Home will provide filtered wireless Internet access for ACPS-provided laptops to secondary students who do not have Internet access at home and need it through a cellular enabled device. Continue reading

JMU Master’s of Education in Literacy Education – Interest Meeting on March 4

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Baker-Butler Elementary School Library

ACPS is excited to announce the creation of a cohort program through James Madison University (JMU) for teachers interested in pursuing a Master’s of Education in Literacy Education. To learn more about the program, please join us for the second interest meeting on March 4 in the library at Baker-Butler Elementary School. The Q&A session with JMU faculty will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

Apply for a Shannon Foundation Grant by April 17

Shannon Foundation

The Shannon Foundation wants to help teachers and schools implement their best ideas for achieving excellence in the classroom. The Foundation offers Level 1 grants up to $750 to classroom teachers, individually or in teams, for projects that support original and innovative student activities. Level 2 grants up to $5,000 are offered to school teams, led by a coordinating teacher or building administrator, for creative projects that enhance student learning across age and grade levels. Open the grant application »

Completed applications must be signed by the school principal and may be submitted electronically or by postal mail. All submissions must be received by April 17, 2020. Continue reading

Digital Learning Day 2020 – Feb. 27

Digital Learning Day 2020

Digital Learning Day 2020 is Thursday, February 27. This is a day that celebrates learning of all kinds that is strengthened by the use of technology. Visit our Digital Learning Day site to check out the Flipgrids of LTIs showcasing some of their favorite digital learning tools. Watch the demos and then vote for the one you’d like to try for Digital Learning Day! We can’t wait to share student learning on Twitter! Follow us at @acpslearntech.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Sponsoring High School Essay Contest – Submissions Due April 15

National League of Women Voters

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has announced their 2020 Student Essay Content: The Right to Vote.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, extending the right to vote to women and expanding on the principle of equality. Students in grades 9-12 are are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the following questions: Continue reading

All Buddy Camp: Student Volunteer Opportunity

Robin and Mani's All Buddy Camp

Robin and Mani’s All Buddy Camp is beginning to recruit sophomores, juniors and seniors for their one-week summer camp program that pairs teen Big Buddies with preschool students with disabilities (Little Buddies). This is a unique, fun and exciting opportunity for students interested in making a difference in the lives of children and families. Also, the Buddy Program experience often is an excellent way to fulfill community service hours and explore career interests.

An application process is required. Interested students in grades 10-12 should visit the Big Buddy Information web page to learn about volunteer requirements and to apply. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.