PD Opportunity for TAs & EDEP Staff: Responsive Classroom for Support Staff


Only a few seats remain in our Responsive Classroom for Support Staff workshop scheduled for Friday, September 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School. This session is for teaching assistants and EDEP staff. Participants will be compensated their hourly rate and lunch will be provided. Click here to learn more about what to expect in this one-day workshop.

Space is extremely limited! Register now through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). Please contact Megan Wood with any questions.

2023-24 DPLC & CRT Professional Development Schedule

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We are looking forward to our next Division Professional Learning Community (DPLC) and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) Professional Development (PD) Day on Friday, September 29. Please reference the schedule for the times and locations of your DPLC meetings and your Culturally Responsive Teaching PD.

Important Notes:

  1. Not all DPLCs are meeting based on level. Please check each DPLC offering to find your group.
  2. If you are unable to attend your grade-level CRT PD because it conflicts with your DPLC meeting time, please attend the session that offers the most benefit and convenience for you.

As a reminder, the following dates are reserved on our 2023-24 School Year Calendar for DPLC meetings and CRT professional development: September 29, October 30, January 25, March 5, and April 29.

More About Our Culturally Responsive Teaching Credential

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The ACPS strategic plan sets the goal for all licensed staff to earn an ACPS Culturally Responsive Teaching Certification or Micro-Credential by 2026 (or, for new teachers, within three years of hire). Currently, we have over 380 credentialed educators in the division, and another 530 have already registered their 2023-24 plan in the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). Keep reading for information about what you should register for prior to the launch of our current-year programs on September 29. Continue reading

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts: Classroom Residency Opportunity

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Attention pre-K through first-grade teachers: Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is once again offering an opportunity to participate in a 5-session classroom residency the week of November 27 – December 1. (There may be virtual options either that week or later in the school year.) Wolf Trap classroom residencies are creative partnerships between “Teaching Artists” (musicians, dancers, actors and puppeteers) and early childhood educators as they collaborate in using the performing arts to engage children, enrich their learning, and reinforce curriculum. Interested teachers: Please sign up by September 29. Continue reading

Reminder: Making Connections Call for Proposals – Submissions Due Sept. 22

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Mark your calendar! Our annual Making Connections professional learning event will be held Monday, November 6. Programming will consist of sessions facilitated by visiting educators as well as ACPS teachers and administrators. We are especially excited that Making Connections 2023 will again include opportunities for support staff to participate in professional learning! Sessions for instructional staff will be hosted at Monticello High School, while sessions for support staff will be offered at Albemarle High School.

As a reminder, any instructional or support staff member who is interested in presenting at Making Connections must submit a session proposal by Friday, September 22. Continue reading

Check Out Our Fall 2023 PD Offerings & Subscribe to Receive Updates!

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The Office of Professional Development has launched its Fall 2023 Professional Development Opportunities website! This site features both internal and external professional development (PD) opportunities, PD offerings for teaching assistants, and info about state conferences. Please use the tabs (Internal PD, External PD, etc.) to navigate the various offerings. Continue reading

ALICE Training Update

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Dear ACPS Employees,

ALICE Training is an important part of safety and security for our staff and our students. Thank you for your diligence and attention in taking part in the school-based ALICE Training during pre-service week. To date, a total of 2,461 employees have completed the eLearning component of ALICE, and 1,092 employees have completed the in-person training.

Please keep reading for information about receiving recertification points, providing training feedback, upcoming ALICE trainings, and volunteering to develop training modules for students. Continue reading

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting, Oct. 25-28


The NCTM Annual Meeting is the premier event for mathematics educators. ACPS will be selecting 10 educators (K-12) to attend in Washington, DC, October 25-28. This year’s theme, Creating Spaces for Change Through Community: It Starts With You, is designed to inspire and provide practical applications to improve your instructional practices.

Are you interested in staying on top of current trends in mathematics education? Do you want to be inspired and gain fresh ideas? Are you willing to share your learning with your peers in the division? If so, please complete our NCTM Annual Meeting interest form by Tuesday, September 12. Continue reading

Professional Development Updates: Steering Committee, PDRP & Making Connections


Would you be interested in serving on a committee to help guide the division’s professional development planning? Do you know that both teachers and classified employees are eligible for reimbursement for participating in professional development? Would you like to lead a session at Making Connections this November 6? Please keep reading for updates on all three of these topics! Continue reading

Community Engagement Corner

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The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) is active on Facebook, Twitter (X) and Insta! Please follow us and feel free to tag us! We will post information on culturally responsive practices, community events, news, and information.

Twitter (X): @EngageACPS | Facebook: facebook.com/EngageACPS

Community Partner Professional Learning Opportunities

We are fortunate to have incredible community partners supporting all aspects of ACPS, and this includes providing high-quality professional learning! Please see below for details on two opportunities coming up in September. Continue reading