Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Announces Grant Opportunities

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The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation annually presents ACPS staff with the opportunity to apply for grants supporting innovative and community-oriented programs in our school division. If you have been hoping to start such a program in your school, please contact Helen Dunn, ACPS Legislative & Public Affairs Officer, with some information about what you would like to propose, and she will give you guidance on next steps.

We encourage all of our creative staff members to apply for these grants, which have historically led to some very special opportunities for our educators and students! Continue reading

AVID Summer PD Opportunities

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Summer AVID professional development (PD) opportunities are now available in the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). This summer, all AVID PD opportunities will be offered through Zoom. Teachers who complete six courses will receive a certificate of completion for AVID PD. AVID’s professional learning is built around high-quality Communities of Practice designed to meet the diverse needs of educators. These courses are targeted toward secondary educators (6-12) and provide an understanding of how to create a thriving learning culture, raise the level of commitment to student success, and engage and inspire students with WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies. Continue reading

Reminder: Signed Teacher Contracts Due June 10

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Teachers who were reappointed by the school board on May 26 were sent contracts from the ACPSContracts@k12albemarle.org account on May 27. As a reminder, these contracts are due on Friday, June 10. If you have not already done so, please sign and date your contract and email it as a PDF to ACPSContracts@k12albemarle.org.

Questions regarding staffing should be directed to principals. Other questions can be directed to the HR Business Partners: Eirini Vlavianos for Elementary and Instructional Support, or Jennifer Weller Kim for Secondary.

Did You Work With an Instructional Coach This Year?

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Teachers: If you worked with an instructional coach this year and your time together exceeded 5 hours, you have earned professional development (PD) points! Instructional coaches were asked to submit the number of hours that they worked with teacher partners this school year, and these hours will be posted on each individual teacher’s PD transcript by June 10, 2022. Continue reading

JMU Educational Leadership & Certificate Cohort Starting in August: Additional Info Session on June 13

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Monday, June 13, 2022 | 1:30 p.m. | Zoom

Is school leadership in your future? James Madison University (JMU) will host another informational meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its master’s and certificate options, on Monday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. JMU is planning to start a new cohort program this August. Classes will be held locally and meet weekly, and APCS teachers are eligible for discounted tuition. View the program brochure »

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Division PLC Attendance

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Teachers: In order to get your professional development points for attending Division Professional Learning Community (DPLC) meetings this year, please complete the 2021-22 DPLC Yearlong Attendance form by Tuesday, May 31. Your points will be populated in the Professional Learning Management System based on your form entries.

Questions? Please contact a Lead Coach.

Registration Continues for Responsive Classroom & Developmental Designs Summer Institutes

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Interested in building a supportive and productive classroom community? Want to learn how social and emotional learning support student engagement and academic achievement?

Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs are two pillars of our commitment to meeting the social-emotional learning needs of our students. We are excited to offer both of these summer professional learning opportunities in person this summer. The schedule is included below, including a newly added Responsive Classroom session this August! Continue reading

Is School Leadership in Your Future?

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 5 p.m. | Zoom

James Madison University (JMU) will host an informational meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its master’s and certificate options, on Wednesday, May 18, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. JMU is planning to start a new cohort program this August. Classes will be held locally and meet weekly, and APCS teachers are eligible for discounted tuition. View the program brochure »

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Facilitators Needed for CoderDojo 2022; Interest Meetings on May 11 & 19

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Interest Meetings: May 11 at 7 p.m. or May 19 at 4:30 p.m. | Interest Form | Zoom Link

The Department of Technology is seeking facilitators for CoderDojo, Albemarle’s coding and computer science camp. CoderDojo provides elementary students with opportunities for creativity, innovation and fun in an academy-like setting. This camp provides the perfect environment for teachers to explore new instructional strategies and technology tools aligned with the Virginia Department of Education’s computer science standards.

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