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

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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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ACPS in the NewsMIT Professor Leads Unique Summer Program in Albemarle County (June 29, 2014)

A professor from MIT is leading a unique summer program in Albemarle County. The Maker Space Academy is sponsored by Albemarle County schools, and offers kids in the Southwood community a place to learn and play. More on NBC 29 »

Camp Explores Historical ‘Hallowed Ground’ (June 27, 2014)

For two weeks, students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County have been taking trips to learn about some of the things that never made it into the history books. More on NBC29 »

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ACPS in the NewsLast Day of School for Baker-Butler Elementary (June 17, 2014)
Principal Dave Cushman addresses the students over the intercom for the last time before retiring after 25 years of service to the county Thursday on the last day of school at Baker-Butler Elementary School in Albemarle County, VA. See the image on Daily Progress »

Program at Henley Middle School exposes students to entrepreneurship (June 17, 2014)
About a dozen Albemarle County eighth graders have developed viable turnkey business plans that are turning the heads of local entrepreneurs and school leaders. More on Daily Progress »

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ACPS in the NewsMeet Your Educator (May 31, 2014)
Charlottesville Tomorrow interviews Caroline Bertrand, Career Specialist at Western Albemarle High School. Meet Caroline Bertrand >>>

Sutherland MS Students Explore the Civil War (May 30, 2014)
Sixth graders from Sutherland Middle School displayed their Civil War Expedition Learning (EL) projects at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. More on Newsplex >>>

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Three ACPS Programs Featured in 18th Annual VSBA “Showcases for Success”

VSBA ScrollThe Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools, including three Albemarle County Public Schools programs: CoderDojo Academy, Library Learning Commons, and M-cubed (Math-Men-Mission). Read the VSBA’s March 27 press release. Learn more about our featured programs.