Guidance for African American History Month

African American History Month

History and Purpose of African American History Month

African American History Month grew out of the efforts of Carter G. Woodson, a historian and native of Buckingham County. The meaning and scope has changed significantly since its inception in 1926; however, it still remains critical that we, as educators, make African American history and people more visible in our curricula. We believe that one of the most important shifts we can make is to use the month of February to commit and take action to center African American history, agency and excellence in our curricula and instruction throughout the year. Continue reading

Instructional Guidance & Resources Regarding the Events of Jan. 6

U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

We witness events like yesterday with dual responsibility as citizens and as educators. To that end, I am sharing resources to support you as you help students to process the events of January 6. I have copied below the foreword from a resource provided by Facing History and Ourselves and highlighted in bold the operative phrase that speaks to the necessity of giving our students the opportunity to process their emotions as well as understanding with facts what happened: Continue reading

Activity Bank to Support Asynchronous Learning Updated for Jan. 4-8, Plus a Special Activity This Friday!

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Elementary Teachers: As a reminder, our instructional coaches and talent development resource teachers continue to create an activity bank to support asynchronous learning on Fridays. In light of the winter break and to afford teachers the opportunity to plan for the January 4-8 week of instruction before leaving for winter break, we have posted activities for that week in the ACPS Asynchronous Elementary Optional Seesaw Resources spreadsheet. Continue reading

Hour of Code: Join the Fun this Friday, Dec. 11

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The Department of Technology is pleased to highlight a global event, the Hour of Code! Last year, our division reached over 5,000 hours of code!

We encourage teachers to have their students participate in coding activities this Friday, December 11, as part of their asynchronous work. Visit our Hour of Code website to access resources by grade level. If you would like support in implementing Hour of Code activities, please reach out to your school’s assigned LTI.

Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week

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In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, the Department of Technology’s Learning Technology team has launched a Digital Citizenship Week website featuring resources to support our educators with covering digital citizenship topics with students.

Also, ACPS will also be hosting two family Digital Citizenship webinar events this November, and you’re invited! Mark your calendar: Continue reading

Reminder: Asynchronous Elementary Optional Seesaw Resources

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Elementary Teachers: Please remember to bookmark the link to the ACPS Asynchronous Elementary Optional Seesaw Resources spreadsheet. Instructional coaches and talent development resource teachers have created this activity bank to support asynchronous learning on Fridays. These Seesaw activities can serve as the entire learning plan for Friday or supplement plans you have in place. This resource will be updated weekly with new activities! Continue reading

Asynchronous Friday Optional Seesaw Resources

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The ACPS Asynchronous Activity Bank can now be accessed via the Seesaw School/District lesson bank.

What it is:

  • Instructional coaches and talent development resource teachers will create and maintain this activity bank to support asynchronous learning on Fridays. These Seesaw activities can serve as the entire learning plan for Friday or supplement plans you have in place. Continue reading

DBQ Project Introductory Workshop on Jan. 29

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January 29, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Center I | Sign Up

Come learn how to effectively and efficiently use our new DBQ Online resource, which ACPS purchased for grades 6-12. This introductory workshop is designed to excite teachers new to the DBQ pedagogy and reinvigorate teachers who are already steeped in the DBQ experience. Join us on January 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Center I! Continue reading

Learning Resources for Hour of Code: Dec. 9-13

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Computer coding is everywhere! A stoplight changes color… you click a link to visit a website… your students customize a world in Minecraft… all of these are examples of coding in real life. Hour of Code, held the week of December 9-13, is an opportunity for students and teachers to connect coding to their own experiences and to learn more about coding. Continue reading

Resources Available for New Elementary Language Arts Report Card

New Elementary Language Arts Report Card

Teachers: An Elementary Report Card Resources web page (login required) has been created on the SIS Support site and will be a central repository for information about the new elementary report card.

Some of the resources available include: