Introducing Zearn

Zearn logo FB

We are excited to announce that ACPS is able to launch Zearn as part of ALL In tutoring and as a resource for our elementary and middle school teachers and students. The app is now available via ClassLink, and all math sections in grades K-8 have been rostered. If your school or grade level needs classes rostered in another way, please reach out to SIS Support. Rosters will update each night, so new students should have an account within 24 hours.

Any school that has been using the free version of Zearn can sync the data (so students can keep their historic progress). Continue reading

Game Changer Award: Nominate a Colleague by March 22

Comic Balloon Power Word: Game Changer

This year, the Department of Instruction has implemented a “Game Changer Award.” Nominees can be anyone within a school (teacher, school counselor, etc.) or the division (instructional coach, equity specialist, etc.). Each quarter, three winners will be selected for the award.

Any ACPS employee can submit a nomination! Nominations for the 3rd quarter will close on March 22.

Continue reading

Homebound Instructors Needed!

tutor working with student at home

If you are a licensed teacher, or provisionally licensed, and would like to supplement your income doing homebound instruction, please contact Ashby Kindler via email or by phone at 434-249-6491. The pay rate is $30 per hour. Typically, students receive 10 hours per week of academic instruction for high school, 8 hours per week for middle school, and 6 hours per week for elementary school. Instruction may be provided in person or virtually.

Currently, we are in immediate need of a teacher for a first grader, 6 hours per week, virtual instruction preferred.

Opportunity to Participate in Paid Study of K-2 Social Studies Inquiry Units

case study icon with book computer, magnifying glass, and papers with graphs

K-2 Social Studies Teachers: Our division is collaborating with a JMU elementary social studies methods professor, Alexa Quinn, to study the implementation of our new K-2 inquiry units developed through Reframing the Narrative. If you’re interested in contributing to this study, please complete this survey to provide feedback on any of the inquiry units you’ve taught so far this year. This first part of the study is unpaid; regardless, your feedback is super valuable!

If you wish to participate in the second part (the paid portion) of the study: Continue reading

Update from the High School Schedule and Workload Taskforce

high school teacher with two students who are building a robotic vehicle

High School Staff: As you may recall, in January, Dr. Haas and I visited each of our high schools and Center I to discuss the High School Schedule and Workload for both staff and students. During our visits, we shared a few things that we’ve learned: Through climate surveys, it’s clear that our comprehensive high school environments are not as conducive to learning as they could be. We also know that our high school students have not performed as well on SOL tests since our transition to an 8-period day back in 2010. And, perhaps most importantly, we recognize that rapid shifts in our student demographics demand greater focus on knowing each individual student. Continue reading

Homebound Instructors Needed

tutor working with student at home

ACPS is seeking teachers to provide temporary academic instruction to students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods that prevent normal school attendance. Hours are flexible. If you are interested in serving our homebound instruction program, or know someone who would be, please contact Ashby Kindler for more information. Instructors earn the standard ACPS tutoring rate of $30/hour and must hold or be eligible for a Virginia teaching certificate with endorsement in the applicable subject area.

Book Approval Committee

magnifying glass and open book

Monday, March 28, 2022 | 4:15 to 5 p.m. | Zoom

Attention ACPS Employees: Are you interested in being part of a diverse team that reimagines our division-wide book approval process? If so, please join us on Monday, March 28, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. on Zoom to learn more about how you can join the team that will help guide the selection of books for ACPS students. If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Gibson or Catrina Sims.

Interested in Designing Career Learning Communities?

High School Redesign intro slide

In the fall of 2023, ACPS will launch new Career Learning Communities for high school students. As part of the strategic plan, ACPS will increase student engagement in their own learning, in the school culture, and in student governance. One strategy for this objective includes the development of learning pathways that align with Virginia’s Career Clusters.

The division is now looking for secondary teachers to develop Career Plans of Study for each Career Learning Community this spring. Continue reading

Social Studies SOL Testing for 2021-22

bubble test sheet

This school year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is requiring students to take Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in Virginia Studies, Civics & Economics, World Geography, World History I, World History II, and Virginia & United States History. In Virginia Studies, Civics & Economics, and Virginia & United States History, students will be assessed on the 2015 standards. In World Geography, World History I, and World History II, students will be assessed on the 2008 standards. Please note: The only students who will need to take SOL tests in high school EOC courses (World Geography, World History I, World History II, and Virginia & United States History) are those who still need to earn a verified credit in Social Studies. Continue reading