Interested in supporting students who are experiencing mental health challenges? Consider signing up for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Mental Health First Aid training, open to all staff. Right now, there are 18 seats still available in our next course coming up on Monday, March 6. You can register online through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). To learn more about this training, please see our September 27 Compass post.
Category Archives: Teachers – Elementary
DPLC Schedule for Feb. 20
Teachers: We are looking forward to meeting with everyone on Monday, February 20, for our Division Professional Learning Community (DPLC) meetings. Please click here to access the schedule for the day. As a reminder, all teachers in grades 3-5 should attend the “Making Meaning” session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please reach out to the lead coach for the content area.
Teacher Transfer Requests for the 2023-24 School Year
Teacher Transfer Requests are now open to tenured teachers who wish to be considered for a new school assignment for the 2023-24 school year.
Requests for transfers can be submitted using the Teacher Transfer Request Form. You may select up to three schools. Human Resources will send your transfer request information to your current principal as well as to your requested schools. In addition to completing this form, you must apply online for job vacancies at your requested school(s) in order to be eligible for consideration. Unless otherwise noted, you must apply for a position within the first three (3) days of its posting for priority consideration. You are welcome to apply online for as many positions as you wish; however, guaranteed screenings are limited to the three schools you select on the request form. Other principals may screen at their discretion.
The deadline to submit the form for priority consideration is March 3, 2023. Continue reading
ACPS Technology Survey: Please Participate by Feb. 28
After several years of administering the Speak Up Survey, the Department of Technology has taken your feedback and developed a custom ACPS Technology Survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information from our stakeholders to make better decisions about the use of technology in our schools. By implementing a custom survey, we will be able to gather data more focused on our division and school priorities, as well as provide you with data that can be cross-referenced with academic and demographic data sets. We have created separate surveys for elementary students (grades 3-5), secondary students, all ACPS school families, faculty, and school administrators.
At this time, we invite faculty to visit bit.ly/acpstechstaff23 to take our ACPS Technology Survey. The survey will remain open until February 28, 2023, and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. Continue reading
Interested in Earning a Master of Library and Information Studies Degree?
February 19 or 21, 2023 | 7 p.m. | Zoom
On Sunday, February 19, and again on Tuesday, February 21, faculty from Old Dominion University’s Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program will be hosting an informational webinar about their MLIS program, the only one of its kind in the state. You can join either info session at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Continue reading
iOS Update for K-2 iPads on Feb. 3
Attention K-2 Teachers: The Department of Technology will push the latest iOS update to all K-2 iPads this Friday afternoon, February 3. Please leave these devices on and plugged in at the end of the day.
Updating our K-2 iPads helps ensure that the devices are safe and secure to use and that they work properly for students. If you experience any issues after the update has occurred, please contact the Service Desk at 434-975-9444.
Connecting with Students & Families, Especially on Remote Learning Days
Whether you’re hosting virtual meetings on Zoom, using your personal cell phone to call families, or engaging with families through BrightChat, our instant messaging app, please keep reading for helpful hints and guidance on connecting with students and families. And, as always, if ever you’re in need of technical support, please contact the Service Desk at 434-975-9444 or ServiceDesk@k12albemarle.org.
Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity on Feb. 6
Interested in supporting students who are experiencing mental health challenges? Consider signing up for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Mental Health First Aid training, open to all staff. Right now, there are 24 seats still available in our next course coming up on Monday, February 6. You can register online through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). To learn more about this training, please see our September 27 Compass post.
National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference: Submit Interest Form by 4 p.m. on Jan. 24
Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and fueling your inspiration so that you can face the future with more confidence when teaching STEM? Consider attending the National Science Teaching Association’s National Conference in Atlanta this March 22-25: Where Professional Learning for Educators of Science Comes to Life. This conference is perfect for educators who want to explore best practices, innovative instructional strategies and techniques, and next-level engagement approaches for inspiring students in science and STEM.
ACPS will be selecting 10 educators to attend this conference. (Registration and travel costs will be covered by ACPS.) If you are a K-12 teacher who is interested in participating, please complete this interest form by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. Continue reading
DPLC Schedule for Jan. 24
Teachers: We are looking forward to Division Professional Learning Community (DPLC) meetings on Tuesday, January 24. Click here to open the schedule for the day.
Elementary Teachers: During our January DPLC meetings, we will be looking at an investigation lesson together that we will all try to do before the February 20 DPLC meetings. If you are ahead and have already done the lesson, don’t worry; you will still be able to participate in our work! If you are behind and aren’t sure you will get to that lesson in time, the same applies: You will still be able to participate and use the work for that and future lessons. If you want to look ahead at the lesson we will be discussing, the units are listed below by grade level: Continue reading