New Translation Solution Coming to ACPS Website on May 3

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For the past few years, ACPS has used Google Translate’s website translator widget to provide free and automatic translation of our website content. However, Google announced in 2019 that they would no longer support their website translator widget. Eventually the tool will cease to work, likely without warning.

In order to ensure that our web content is accessible to users who prefer to read text in a language other than English, ACPS has partnered with a website translation service called Weglot (pronounced Wē-glŏt). Beginning Monday, May 3, Weglot will seamlessly integrate with our website to offer translation options. Continue reading

Winter PD Opportunities: Staff Wellness, Supporting English Learners & Culturally Responsive Teaching

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The following virtual professional learning opportunities are starting soon or ongoing. You can view more details on the ACPS Professional Development site and register on our internal PD Opportunities page. If you have any questions, please email Lauren Price or Jenn Sublette. Continue reading

Apology Regarding Recent Guidance for African American History Month

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With regard to the recent Guidance for African American History Month, the writing team for this guidance would like to express our apologies for taking an official stance on the name or interpretation of Black or African American History Month. We recognize that language and interpretation of this month is owned by the community. Continue reading

Guidance for African American History Month

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History and Purpose of African American History Month

African American History Month grew out of the efforts of Carter G. Woodson, a historian and native of Buckingham County. The meaning and scope has changed significantly since its inception in 1926; however, it still remains critical that we, as educators, make African American history and people more visible in our curricula. We believe that one of the most important shifts we can make is to use the month of February to commit and take action to center African American history, agency and excellence in our curricula and instruction throughout the year. Continue reading

CRT Intent to Pursue Form Due Oct. 23

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Attention all ACPS educators who are seeking Certification or a Micro-Credential in Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) this school year: An important step in pursuing CRT credentialing is the submission of an “Intent to Pursue” form. We use this form to keep track of and support all of our participants. The deadline to complete the appropriate form is this Friday, October 23: Continue reading

Feedback Requested on Demographic Survey Questions

We Want Your Feedback

Equity and inclusion are important values to Albemarle County Public Schools. As such, the school division would like to collect demographic information as a standard part of future community surveys. The intention would be to help the school division determine which voices are represented in survey results and which ones we need to pursue through alternate strategies.

The school division has drafted an initial list of demographic survey questions. We anticipate that survey takers will be able to answer our demographic questions in under two minutes. As part of our review process, we are asking employees to review the draft demographic survey questions, and then provide feedback, including suggestions for improvement, by Tuesday, October 20. Continue reading

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in the First Round of CRT Module Training!

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Are you interested in starting your Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) journey, but you’re not ready to commit to a cohort? Or, do you know of someone in your building or department who might be interested? Module training is a great way to begin—it’s not just for CRT Certification or Micro-credential candidates, it’s for everyone!

CRT module training introduces participants to the ACPS CRT Framework. Continue reading

2020 ACPS Equity Conference Will Be Held Virtually on August 28

2020 ACPS Equity Conference

Friday, August 28, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Registration

The ACPS 2020 Virtual Equity Conference, previously scheduled for August 7, will now take place on Friday, August 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The ACPS Equity Specialists and Conference Committee are pleased to offer this exciting virtual learning opportunity. Join us as we hear from educators who are engaged in our collective work to eliminate practices that produce inequitable outcomes for students, and discover what it means to be an ACPS Culturally Responsive Educator. Continue reading