CoSN Article on Digital Equity Spotlights ACPS

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In a July 11 article, Digital Equity Isn’t Just About Equal Access to Technology, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) spotlights Albemarle County Public Schools’ commitment to personalizing learning through digital literacy and sustaining a culture of improvement. Author Dr. Beth Holland is the CoSN project director for Digital Equity. Her goal is to feature school divisions who are working to create equitable learning environments that give ALL students access to rich learning experiences. Continue reading

AHS Librarian Featured in School Library Journal Webcast

60 Tools in 60 MinutesMonica Cabarcas, co-librarian at Albemarle High School, recently served on a panel of educators presenting online tools for maker spaces, STEM lessons, and digital literacy during School Library Journal’s webcast, 60 Tools in 60 Minutes. Kudos to Monica! Learn more about this webcast »

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Congratulations, Golden Apple Award Winners!

Golden Apple LogoCongratulations to all 27 ACPS teachers who received Golden Apple Awards at the 15th annual celebration yesterday evening. Each year, the Golden Apple program celebrates performance excellence and curriculum innovations by teachers who are nominated for the award by principals, colleagues, parents and students. Read our news release »

Communications at Work: Media Spotlight

ACPS in the NewsState legislators to vote on bill for passing stopped school bus violations (March 10, 2016)
On Friday, Virginia’s General Assembly will vote on a bill to allow law enforcement officials to mail citations to drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. More on Newsplex »

Western Albemarle High School seniors participate in model Congress (March 11, 2016)
It wasn’t your typical school day for kids at Western Albemarle High School Wednesday, when the entire senior class participated in a day-long model Congress. More on Newsplex »

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ACPS Ranked 5th Best School District in the State

ACPS in the NewsA national education assessment company has ranked Albemarle County Public Schools among the top five school divisions in Virginia. Niche, which each year evaluates more than 100,000 public and private schools and divisions based on a comprehensive survey of performance data and the views of more than 27 million students and parents, also placed Albemarle County Public Schools in the top two percent of all school divisions in the nation. Read our press release »

Edutopia Spotlights ACPS – Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation. Watch Edutopia’s spotlight on ACPS in their “schools that work” series, which highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

Crozet Elementary School Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Crozet Rain Garden Ribbon CeremonyCongratulations to Crozet Elementary for being named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of only four K-12 schools in Virginia this year! Out of more than 135,000 schools and universities in the nation, Crozet joins only 57 others in receiving this distinction. Way to be stewards of our environment! Read our news release »

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Newsweek Spotlights ACPS Maker Program

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Newsweek describes the Maker Movement as a “global community of inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkerers, craftsmen and DIY’ers.” In her September 8 story, Maker Movement Reinvents Education, reporter Louise Stewart noted the use of 3-D printers as a key resource and said of Albemarle County Public Schools:

It’s not just private school kids who are using this technology. Public schools are also beginning to experiment. Albemarle County Public Schools, for example, a 27-school district serving nearly 13,000 students in the area surrounding Charlottesville, Virginia, is developing classes like the one Simonoff took at St. Ann’s and assignments like the giant wheel project at High Tech High. Continue reading

Communications at Work: Media Spotlight

ACPS in the NewsAlbemarle Gets Grant for Learning Center (August 21, 2014)
An Albemarle County school is celebrating a grant that has more than doubled its annual budget for its after-school program. More on NBC 29 »

Albemarle Schools Make Strides to Improve Digital Learning (August 20, 2014)
Thousands of students in Albemarle County are taking home new laptops Wednesday after the first day of school. The massive technology rollout is the classroom piece of a project to improve digital learning. The other part of the project is outside and underground. More on NBC 29 »

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