ACPSConnect – Vol. 1, Issue 1

#ACPSConnect

Welcome to #ACPSConnect, a division-wide communication from the Department of Student Learning designed to share instructional initiatives and innovative practices from our classrooms. As Dr. Haas noted when presenting 2020 budget needs, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” #ACPSConnect strives to contribute to the rise by sharing stories and insights from the field that lead to a lift for all students. Open Issue 1 »

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Learning Tech Team Launches New Site Featuring Learning Tools & Instructional Resources

Learning Tech ToolsLooking for the latest learning tool or seeking a new instructional strategy for your class? Take a few minutes to check out the Learning Tech Team’s new site! Available resources include a collection of teaching strategies, instructional practices, and transformative classroom examples that you can use to reimagine what learning can be in Albemarle County Public Schools. Continue reading

Black History Month Resources From the VDOE (2018)

Black History MonthEvery February, America and Virginia observe Black History Month, celebrating and honoring the many achievements and contributions made by African Americans to the economic, cultural and political development of America. The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to provide teachers and school divisions with Black History Month resources that support the History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

Veterans Day Learning Resources

Veterans DayThis Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day—a national holiday to honor people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Teachers: Try these resources to help your students understand the significance of this day:

Powerful Accessibility Tool Now Available for All Students & Educators

Co:Writer UniversalAll ACPS educators and students now have access to a powerful accessibility tool called Co:Writer, which is designed to help learners of all ages have word prediction to support all aspects of the curriculum. Co:Writer is both a Chrome internet browser extension and desktop app that provides on-demand word prediction as well as audio representation of those words. This application allows support for students to engage with any digital text that they create—on a website in any browser or in any digital writing tool. Watch a demo »

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Wow in the World: A Podcast for Curious Kids & Their Grown-ups

Wow in the WorldNPR’s Tinkercast presents Wow in the World, a podcast aimed at kids ages 5-12 (and their grown-ups). Every Monday and Thursday, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas take their listeners on a journey away from their screens, inside their brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation. Listen »

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