Powerful Accessibility Tool Now Available for All Students & Educators

Co:Writer UniversalAll ACPS educators and students now have access to a powerful accessibility tool called Co:Writer, which is designed to help learners of all ages have word prediction to support all aspects of the curriculum. Co:Writer is both a Chrome internet browser extension and desktop app that provides on-demand word prediction as well as audio representation of those words. This application allows support for students to engage with any digital text that they create—on a website in any browser or in any digital writing tool. Watch a demo »

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History Student Writing Contest – Enter by Nov. 10

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2018The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion Energy, invites high schools students in Virginia to honor outstanding African Americans by participating in the 2018 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History student writing contest. Students should submit their 400-word essay online by midnight on Friday, November 10, 2017, for a chance to win an Apple MacBook Air and $1,000 for their school. Four winning essays will be chosen, one from each of the four regions in the state. View the essay prompt and judging criteria »

Making Connections 2017: Registration Now Open!

Making Connections 2017Registration for Making Connections 2017 now open! The Making Connections for Equity and Access professional development day will take place Monday, November 6, at multiple school sites throughout the division. Teachers should sign up for one morning session from 8:30 to 11:30 and one afternoon session from 12:30 to 3:30. Lunch will be provided and available for teachers at their morning session. View course selections and get registered »

NEA Foundation Grants – Next Deadline: February 1

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

Making Connections 2017: Registration Coming Soon!

Making Connections 2017Our annual ACPS Making Connections professional development day will be Monday, November 6. Like last year, we will have a variety of presenters in locations across the county. Teachers will sign up for one morning session from 8:30 to 11:30 and one afternoon session from 12:30 to 3:30. Lunch will be provided and available for teachers at their morning session. Sign up for these sessions will open on Friday, October 20!

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Design for Change Challenge – Submission Deadline: May 15

Design for Change USADesign for Change USA has launched their 2017-18 challenge! Design for Change is a global movement of young people who are changing the world!

How does it work? Any group of young people (K-12) with an adult mentor (teacher, parent, youth leader, or coach) dreams up and leads social change projects in their own schools or communities using the Design for Change methodology—Feel. Imagine. Do. Share. The deadline for teams to implement and submit their projects is May 15, 2018. Continue reading

Upcoming PD Opp: Getting to Know ArcGIS Online

ACPS PDGetting to Know ArcGIS Online | October 26 & November 2 | 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Are you interested in GIS and GPS applications in your classroom? If so, you are in luck! ACPS is offering a free Level I introductory workshop to occur over two evenings, facilitated by Chris Bunin, a leader in K-12 GIS integration. Teachers who complete this Level I training will be invited to stipend support Level II workshops that will provide opportunities to develop GIS lessons.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching PD Sessions – Oct. 16 & 26

DiversityAttention Instructional Coaches, Diversity Resource Teachers, Equity Teams, Teachers, and Administrators! ACPS is pleased to announce two upcoming Culturally Responsive Teaching professional development sessions on October 16 for elementary educators, and October 26 for middle and high school educators. Sessions are limited to the first 30 registrants, so don’t delay—RSVP today! Continue reading

Say Something Week: Oct. 16-20

Say SomethingDid you know that when it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other person BEFORE the incident takes place? Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?

During the week of October 16-20, 2017, thousands of middle and high schools and youth organizations from across the U.S. will participate in Say Something Week. Continue reading

Global Citizen Scholarship – Student Applications Due Nov. 1

Education FirstHigh School Teachers: The 2018 Global Citizen Scholarship is a competitive (and free!) scholarship opportunity open to any student in grades 9-12 (excluding previous participants). Recipients will earn a free trip to the technology-focused Global Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany, next July, where they’ll collaborate with other young, passionate leaders to design solutions for the evolving technological landscape, and even compete to have those solutions featured in Stockholm’s Nobel Museum. Continue reading