Global Read Aloud 2017 Kicks Off October 2

Global Read AloudGlobal Read Aloud 2017 kicks off October 2, 2017! Since its launch in 2010, more than 2,000,000 kids from more than 60 countries have participated in this free event!

What is the Global Read Aloud (GRA)? The premise is simple: Educators choose one of the selected books to read aloud to their students between October 2 and November 10, and during that time, they connect with one or more classrooms around the globe. Continue reading

VSBA Announces 5th Annual Student Video Contest – Deadline: Oct. 4

VSBA LogoThe Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) invites Virginia high school students to participate in their 5th annual Student Video Contest. This year’s contest theme is “Choice,” and students are asked to submit a 30-second video about all the choices students have when it comes to a public education in Virginia. Submissions will be judged on how well they address the topic as well as the quality of the production and the creativity of the video. The submission deadline is October 4, 2017. For more details, visit the VSBA’s Annual Convention web page and scroll down to “Student Video Contest.”

Note: Each participating student must complete a release form.

Call for Proposals – VSTE 2017 Annual Conference

VSTE LogoVSTE’s 2017 Annual Conference, SuperEmpowering Kids & Learning, will be held December 3-5, 2017, at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The Call for Proposals is open now through September 15.

Are you a classroom teacher who is using instructional technology in an interesting and engaging way? Are you transforming how technology is used in education? Are your students creating and sharing their learning in ways that other students and teachers would want to hear about? The 2017 VSTE Presentations Committee is seeking proposals from educators of all levels and backgrounds. Learn more »

How to Request Blackboard Classes for 2017-18

BlackboardACPS Educators: The integration between Blackboard and PowerSchool is now running and you can begin requesting Blackboard classes. Use the Blackboard Class Request Form as a reference for submitting your class creation requests to your school’s student information system (PowerSchool) contact. Your request will impact how your classes are created in Blackboard, and the form will help you pick the option that will best meet your needs.

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In a Community’s Most Difficult Moments: A Guide for Educators

Bernard HairstonDear Colleagues:

The impact from the events of this past weekend will continue to be felt well into the future. Many of the comments in the media this week referred to these events as being a teachable moment. I know all of you are thinking deeply about how you will engage students around this topic when they return to the classroom next Wednesday. Continue reading

Grade Precision: PowerTeacher Pro & Calculating Grades

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Greetings, Teachers:

I am writing to advise you of a central decision regarding how the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook will calculate grades. This decision was based on an operating principle for ACPS that we will have fair and equitable grading practices.

With the introduction of the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook, PowerSchool has moved the control of rounding/truncation and rounding precision from the teacher level to the school level. Continue reading

Time to Tinker: Toy Take Apart Activity

Digital PromiseSummer is a time for fun, games, and … TOYS! As many teachers around the country enjoy their summer vacation, we want to share an activity you can do with the children in your life to have fun while learning about how things are made. In the Toy Take Apart activity, created by the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium, discover the parts and pieces that make up your old toys. Here’s an overview of what this project entails »