Weighted Grades: Three Upcoming Feedback Opportunities for High School Teachers – Jan. 9, 10 & 15

Books on Scale

Dear Colleagues:

Two years ago, our School Board adopted an updated view of our high school curricula, expanding beyond our traditional focus on developing content knowledge to include greater emphasis on the acquisition of workplace skills. The latter included such related student interests as career exploration, community engagement, and civic responsibility. The Board’s intent was to better position us to meet our one strategic goal for students—that they graduate with the skills and competencies needed for college and career success. Continue reading

VaSCL Workshop: The Trauma Sensitive Classroom – Dec. 4

VaSCLDecember 4, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

There’s still time to register! The Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL) is still accepting registrations for their upcoming workshop on Tuesday, December 4: The Trauma Sensitive Classroom: Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion to Support Learning. This workshop is geared toward K-12 classroom teachers, guidance counselors, special education teachers, support staff, and school-based and central office administrators. Continue reading

JMU Leadership Program – Interest Meeting Rescheduled for Nov. 27

JMU LogoNEW DATE: November 27, 2018 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary

JMU will host an interest meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its M.Ed. and certificate options, on Tuesday, November 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stone-Robinson Elementary School library. There is a possibility, based on interest, that a cohort program will start in January with courses offered in ACPS and held one night each week. Continue reading

Virginia NBCT Network Awareness Meeting – Nov. 17

Virginia is for NBCTsSaturday, November 17 | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | New College Institute

Teachers, school administrators, central office leaders, and School Board members: You’re invited to learn more about the benefits of National Board Certification in your division through quality professional development for teachers that improves student learning and achievement. Please attend the Virginia NBCT Network Awareness meeting this Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to nbctvirginia@gmail.com (Subject line: Nov Mtg).

Now Forming Product Development Teams: Interested Teachers Should Respond by Dec. 3

Team Product DevelopmentTeachers: This fall, the Content Advisory Teams (formerly Vertical Teams) identified 21 projects that we will develop in order to help move the curriculum, assessment and instruction of the school division forward. We are looking for teachers across every discipline to work within Product Development Teams on these projects. Interested teachers should respond by December 3. Continue reading

Changes to Teacher Landing Pages

ACPS Teacher SitesTeacher Landing Pages are no longer required by ACPS, and we are beginning the process of transitioning away from those sites hosted on the ACPS website (a.k.a., “SharePoint”) at https://www3.k12albemarle.org/teachers. Links to all old SharePoint-based landing pages will be removed from School Staff Directories on November 16!

We urge teachers who wish to maintain an ACPS-hosted web presence to act now to choose an alternative: Continue reading

JMU Leadership Program – Interest Meeting on Nov. 15

JMU LogoNovember 15, 2018 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary

JMU will host an interest meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its M.Ed. and certificate options, on Thursday, November 15, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stone-Robinson Elementary School library. There is a possibility, based on interest, that a cohort program will start in January with courses offered in ACPS and held one night each week. View the program brochure »

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NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: Feb. 1

The NEA FoundationThe National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers multiple grant opportunities for educators, including 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

Improving Teacher-Family Communications

VoIP PhoneTo better communicate with all families across the division, teachers now are able to use their classroom phones to make long distance calls to the parents and guardians of their students. This change will make it easier for teachers to engage students’ families. It also recognizes the diversity represented across our school populations, especially given the number of families with cell phone area codes other than 434.

Long distance calling will require the use of a passcode that will be unique to each school. Continue reading