Blackboard Learn Resources for 2018-19

BlackboardBlackboard Learn (Bb Learn) is now set up and ready for the 2018-19 school year. Teachers interested in using Blackboard this school year will need to activate classes using the Blackboard Class Request Form (PDF version or MS Word version). The form contains important information about how to request classes and when to select a master class. You also can view a sample form to assist you as you complete the form for your classes. Continue reading

August 17 PD Sessions: Registration Now Open!

ACPS PDRegistration for August 17 Professional Development sessions is now live.

Teachers: You are responsible for 6 hours of professional development this summer. If you participated in two PD sessions July 9-19 or in CAI, Design Academy, Responsive Classroom, Developmental Designs, Intervention Institute, Albemarle County Writing Collaborative, or AVID, then you do NOT need to register for sessions on August 17.

Please contact Shelia Waddy or Jennifer Sublette with any questions.

Teacher Laptops

Lenovo 11eBeginning in the 2018-19 school year, all new teacher laptops and all replacement laptops issued to teachers will be the Lenovo 11e model, similar to those used by our students in the 1:1 laptop initiative.

This upgrade will better serve you as you design learning activities and projects for students informed by our Lifelong-Learner Competencies and Seven Pathways, particularly Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Interactive Technologies, and Connectivity. Continue reading

Teachers: Don’t Forget to Register to Attend an Upcoming Listening Tour With Superintendent Haas!

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Fellow Educators,

You’ve probably heard that I am hosting a Listening Tour this summer. My intention is to relearn our school system from a new perspective—to see and understand our students, parents, employees, and school communities through new eyes and ears.

The first opportunity for teachers to participate is next Wednesday, July 11, with two more events the following week on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18. Additionally, I’ve reserved three dates in August specifically to hear from you: August 7, 14 and 29. Continue reading

ActivInspire Update

ActivInspireTeachers: Due to changes in the way that Promethean licenses their products, the interactive whiteboard software ActivInspire will not be included on our instructional laptop computer image for the 2018-19 school year.

Despite this change, all teachers and students who routinely use a Promethean ActivBoard for instructional purposes will be able to use ActivInspire on their laptops. Continue reading

Teachers: Check Out These Summer PD Opportunities!

Hello SummerCode Virginia

CodeVA is a non-profit that partners with schools, parents and communities to bring equitable computer science education to all of Virginia’s students. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, CodeVA is offering a summer series of FREE trainings for educators in seven locations throughout the state. College credits toward certificate renewal may be earned. For more information on these professional development opportunities, visit the Educator Training page of the CodeVA website. Please contact Chris Dovi at cdovi@codevirginia.org with questions.
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Superintendent Listening Tour: Six Upcoming Opportunities for Teachers

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Dear Colleagues,

I am both honored and enthusiastic to assume the role of Superintendent of Schools this July 1. As part of my transition from Deputy Superintendent to Superintendent, I am embarking on a Listening Tour throughout July and August. My intention is to relearn our school system from a new perspective—to see and understand our students, parents, employees, and school communities through new eyes and ears. Continue reading

ACPS Learning Management System Follow-Up Survey: Please Respond by June 30

BlackboardTeachers: As part of the school division’s model of continuous improvement, we are evaluating Blackboard Learn to determine if it continues to meet the division’s commitment to quality learning. Thank you to everyone who participated in our initial survey (May 25-31), which helped us gain insight regarding current use of Blackboard Learn.

After reviewing this feedback, we created a follow-up survey that further explores the specific needs and preferences of our students and teachers as they interact with Blackboard Learn. Your feedback will be valuable in helping us construct our evaluation criteria and rubric. Please participate in our follow-up survey by June 30 »

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You’re Invited: A Conversation With Dr. Chris Emdin – June 28

ACPS PDThursday, June 28, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | MoHS Auditorium | Registration

You’re invited! On Thursday, June 28, ACPS is pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Emdin will be at Monticello High School for a morning presentation. Chris is an Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His bio describes him as “a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.” Continue reading

Share Your Feedback: Bb Learn & Web Communications Surveys Now Open

We Want Your FeedbackThe school division would appreciate your participation in two surveys: One survey is designed to help us evaluate Blackboard Learn, our learning management tool, and a second survey aims to help us improve the way we use technology to communicate with our stakeholders. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback! Continue reading