NEA Foundation Grants – Next Deadline: October 15

The NEA FoundationThe National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers two grant opportunities for educators: 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

Virginia License Plate Design Contest: Take Action Against Distraction – Enter by Dec. 15

DMV Take Action Against DistractionIn 2016, 13 Virginians were killed and more than 800 injured in crashes involving a distracted teen driver. That’s why Virginia DMV is launching a statewide license plate design contest for high school students (grades 9-12). The “Take Action Against Distraction” License Plate Design Contest aims to start the conversation and raise awareness about distracted driving. Also, it provides an opportunity for students to share their visual arts skills for a worthy cause and potentially save a life. Entries will be accepted from November 1 – December 15, 2017. Contest details »

Webinar: Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress – Sep. 19

ASCD Learn Teach LeadTuesday, September 19 | 3 p.m. | Register Now

Based on the upcoming ASCD book Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress, this engaging (and free!) webinar will address the urgent call for using a strengths-based approach with students and families living with trauma, violence, and chronic stress. Continue reading

Interested in National Board Certification? Attend an Info Session on September 18!

NBPTS LogoIf you have three years of successful teaching in one or more early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary schools, consider joining Wendy Eckerle on Monday, September 18, at the ARC for an informational meeting about the National Board Certification process and benefits provided by Albemarle County Public Schools. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end no later than 5:45 p.m. More info and additional meeting dates »

Questions? Please contact Wendy Eckerle at

Interpretation/Translation Training – September 20 or 21

TranslateThe ESOL Office is offering its annual Interpretation/Translation Training to all teachers, teaching assistants, office associates, and any other school personnel who interpret in another language as part of their job duties. Past participants have reported that the brief training enhanced their skills in communicating with families. There are three options for this training: Continue reading

ODU School Library Program: Informational Webinar on September 24

ODU Idea FusionAre you interested in working as a school librarian? Would you like to earn a Master’s Degree in Education with School Library Endorsement?

Learn more about Old Dominion University’s School Library Program: Tune in to an informational webinar on Sunday, September 24, at 4 p.m.! Connect to the webinar »

Assessment and Grading Study

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Greetings Colleagues:

Thank you for an excellent opening to the school year. Your students and families appreciate you, and so do I!

Whether you are just starting out as a teacher in Albemarle County Public Schools or you have been with the system for decades, you probably recognize that you work in a progressive school division aiming to provide the highest quality learning experiences for all students. Our mission “to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time” is your mission, as we cannot accomplish it without you. Continue reading

Workshop: Tools for Teaching and Learning – Oct. 2

VSUP LogoThe Virginia School-University Partnership/Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VSUP/VaSCL) presents Tools for Teaching and Learning: Teacher Clarity on Monday, October 2, at the Holiday Inn on Emmet Street. Presenter John Almarode will guide K-12 educators through an in-depth look at how to make learning visible to each and every student in the classroom, which research suggests doubles the rate of learning. Registration is now open!

Want to apply for Professional Development Reimbursement Program (PDRP) funding? Use this form »

Questions? Please contact Alison Dwier-Selden, Lead Coach.

Wow in the World: A Podcast for Curious Kids & Their Grown-ups

Wow in the WorldNPR’s Tinkercast presents Wow in the World, a podcast aimed at kids ages 5-12 (and their grown-ups). Every Monday and Thursday, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas take their listeners on a journey away from their screens, inside their brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation. Listen »

#GlobalMakerDay Coming October 24

Global MakerspacesThe next #GlobalMakerDay is coming up on October 24, 2017. Register now »

#GlobalMakerDay is an opportunity to Learn, Share and Play. Educators: Connect virtually and watch makers discuss various projects, learning spaces, creations, coding, 3D designs, art lessons, and more in a live Google Hangout (in YouTube Live). Each half hour will yield another session with a connected challenge. Your class will have the opportunity to solve problems, be creative, and PLAY. Learn more »