We are looking forward to our next Division Professional Learning Community (DPLC) and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) Professional Development (PD) Day on Friday, September 29. Please reference the schedule for the times and locations of your DPLC meetings and your Culturally Responsive Teaching PD.
- Not all DPLCs are meeting based on level. Please check each DPLC offering to find your group.
- If you are unable to attend your grade-level CRT PD because it conflicts with your DPLC meeting time, please attend the session that offers the most benefit and convenience for you.
As a reminder, the following dates are reserved on our 2023-24 School Year Calendar for DPLC meetings and CRT professional development: September 29, October 30, January 25, March 5, and April 29.
More About Our Culturally Responsive Teaching Credential
The ACPS strategic plan sets the goal for all licensed staff to earn an ACPS Culturally Responsive Teaching Certification or Micro-Credential by 2026 (or, for new teachers, within three years of hire). Currently, we have over 380 credentialed educators in the division, and another 530 have already registered their 2023-24 plan in the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). Keep reading for information about what you should register for prior to the launch of our current-year programs on September 29. Continue reading
Attention pre-K through first-grade teachers: Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is once again offering an opportunity to participate in a 5-session classroom residency the week of November 27 – December 1. (There may be virtual options either that week or later in the school year.) Wolf Trap classroom residencies are creative partnerships between “Teaching Artists” (musicians, dancers, actors and puppeteers) and early childhood educators as they collaborate in using the performing arts to engage children, enrich their learning, and reinforce curriculum. Interested teachers: Please sign up by September 29. Continue reading
Mark your calendar! Our annual Making Connections professional learning event will be held Monday, November 6. Programming will consist of sessions facilitated by visiting educators as well as ACPS teachers and administrators. We are especially excited that Making Connections 2023 will again include opportunities for support staff to participate in professional learning! Sessions for instructional staff will be hosted at Monticello High School, while sessions for support staff will be offered at Albemarle High School.
As a reminder, any instructional or support staff member who is interested in presenting at Making Connections must submit a session proposal by Friday, September 22. Continue reading
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The Public Education Foundation of Charlottesville-Albemarle invites Albemarle County and Charlottesville City public school educators, administrators, board members, and supporters to a reception on Wednesday, September 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at The Wine Guild of Charlottesville, located just off Harris Street at 600 Concord Avenue. This reception is all about coming together as a community to show appreciation for the hard work of our educators and the importance of quality public education.
Please register to attend the Public Education Foundation Reception and join us on Wednesday for free food and beverages and an opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and learn about exciting initiatives that the Public Education Foundation has in store for local schools. Continue reading
The NCTM Annual Meeting is the premier event for mathematics educators. ACPS will be selecting 10 educators (K-12) to attend in Washington, DC, October 25-28. This year’s theme, Creating Spaces for Change Through Community: It Starts With You, is designed to inspire and provide practical applications to improve your instructional practices.
Are you interested in staying on top of current trends in mathematics education? Do you want to be inspired and gain fresh ideas? Are you willing to share your learning with your peers in the division? If so, please complete our NCTM Annual Meeting interest form by Tuesday, September 12. Continue reading
ACPS purchased Seesaw for all elementary schools, grades K-5, for the 2023-24 school year. Seesaw is a digital app-based technology tool for teachers, students and families to collaborate and share student work. Please see the following updates regarding Seesaw setup for this school year: Continue reading
In collaboration with the Department of Instruction, the Technology Department is happy to share that we have implemented ClassLink, a single sign-on platform that will allow you and your students to use one username and password to access approved ACPS instructional applications.
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The Paramount Theater cordially invites you to attend their annual Teacher Reception on Thursday, August 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the evening. Meet and greet fellow educators, preview the 2023-24 arts education season, and learn about using The Paramount Theater as a classroom resource. All ACPS employees are welcome! An RSVP is encouraged: Please RSVP to Cathy von Storch at 434-293-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in helping support students who are experiencing mental health challenges? Albemarle County Public Schools is excited to offer three Mental Health First Aid training opportunities this July 25, 26 and 27… available to all staff!
Mental Health First Aid helps individuals assist someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Continue reading