January 25 Is a Workday for All Employees

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As a reminder, Tuesday, January 25, is a workday for all employees, even though students will not be in attendance. The January 25 workday is one of the changes to the 2021-22 School Year Calendar approved by the school board at their meeting on November 11. On this day, staff will attend professional development and training. Please see your supervisor for more information.

Kronos calendars have also been updated to reflect the changes approved on November 11: Continue reading

Division PLC Meeting Schedule & Zoom Links

The next round of Division PLC (DPLC) meetings is coming up on Friday, January 21. Please refer to the UPDATED Division PLC 2021-22 document for the meeting schedule and Zoom links. Please note that the remaining DPLC meetings for the year will take place in the mornings on February 18, March 4, and April 22.

Questions? Please email leadcoaches@k12albemarle.org.

Instructional Leader Book Study: Who Moved My Cheese? & Breakthrough Leadership

Book Study with Superintendent Haas

You’re invited! Join our Superintendent, Matthew Haas, in an 8-week virtual book study geared toward instructional leaders. The study group will meet virtually every two weeks beginning January 6, 2022, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

In ACPS, we strive for equity. In fact, equity is one of our four core values, and we support that value through a commitment to provide every student with the level of support necessary to thrive. Our group will read and study Breakthrough Leadership, by Blankstein and Newsome, and participants will expand their repertoire of strategies for meeting students where they are and providing them with the right support for success. Continue reading

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week: Participate in Hour of Code

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December 6-12 is Computer Science Education Week! Celebrate by participating in Hour of Code! Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities, but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Continue reading

Grading Guidelines PD Opportunity for High School Teachers

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High School Teachers: To further support you and your administrators in implementing the ACPS Grading Policy and our 2021-22 Grading Guidelines, we will offer professional learning sessions with each high school in December. These virtual sessions will be facilitated by veteran educator and professional writer and trainer, Rick Wormeli, and will give participants an opportunity to examine and unpack problems of practice regarding our grading guidelines.

Please see below for the session schedule and Zoom links. Continue reading

Assessment Tool Review: Illuminate

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Teachers: ACPS strives to provide the best possible instructional tools for you and our students. Industry best practice is to review instructional tools periodically to ensure they are meeting our school division’s needs. The contract for our assessment tool, Illuminate, is up this year for a comprehensive review.

We ask for a few minutes of your time to complete this survey to support the review of this very important tool used in your teaching practice. If you have questions, please contact illuminatesupport@k12albemarle.org

Product Team Interest Form: Respond by Nov. 15

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ACPS Educators: The Department of Instruction and Content Advisory Teams have identified projects that the division will develop in order to advance our curriculum, assessment and instruction in alignment with the Strategic Plan. The range of projects is diverse, from drafting curriculum frameworks to developing assessments to vetting potential curricular resources.

We are now looking for teachers across every discipline to work with a product team to develop these projects. Interested? Continue reading

We’re Looking for Teachers to Help Develop Field Experiences for Students

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Teachers: Are you interested in serving on a product team to vet and finalize field experiences for students in Albemarle County? In alignment with our strategic plan, ACPS will develop and implement a guaranteed viable curriculum. As part of this work, we will also develop and implement a set of guaranteed field experiences to support place-based learning for ACPS students. Continue reading

Making Connections 2021: Registration Continues

Registration is ongoing for Making Connections: Learning for All, which will be held this Friday, October 29. Sessions are filling up fast and we have added seats to our most popular sessions. 

Is the session you are interested in full? Register anyway and the system will add you to the Wait List. So far, we have been able to clear all of our Wait Lists by adding seats.

Want to change your registration? Continue reading

Making Connections 2021: Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for Making Connections: Learning for All, which will be held Friday, October 29. We hope you will find sessions that are engaging, relevant, and aligned with the mission and vision of Albemarle County Public Schools. We are incredibly thankful for our ACPS educators who have designed the day’s sessions, and we are excited to offer opportunities for you to learn with these visiting educators. As a reminder, all sessions are virtual.

To register, visit our new Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). Once you log in with your ACPS credentials, look for the link to register for Making Connections. Continue reading