National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) National Conference: Submit Interest Form by 4 p.m. on Jan. 24


Are you interested in expanding your knowledge and fueling your inspiration so that you can face the future with more confidence when teaching STEM? Consider attending the National Science Teaching Association’s National Conference in Atlanta this March 22-25: Where Professional Learning for Educators of Science Comes to Life. This conference is perfect for educators who want to explore best practices, innovative instructional strategies and techniques, and next-level engagement approaches for inspiring students in science and STEM.

ACPS will be selecting 10 educators to attend this conference. (Registration and travel costs will be covered by ACPS.) If you are a K-12 teacher who is interested in participating, please complete this interest form by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. Continue reading

Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity on Jan. 10

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Interested in supporting students who are experiencing mental health challenges? Consider signing up for Albemarle County Public Schools’ Mental Health First Aid training, open to all staff. Right now, there are 14 seats still available in our next course coming up on Tuesday, January 10. You can register online through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). To learn more about this training, please see our September 27 Compass post.

Seeking National Board Certification Renewal?


The Office of Professional Development is interested in supporting staff who are in the process of renewing their National Board Certification. If you are currently seeking certification renewal and would like to collaborate with others who are engaging in the renewal process this year, please complete this brief National Board Recertification form.

We will coordinate with those who are interested to create opportunities to support one another in this endeavor. If you have questions, please email Megan Wood.

Interested in Getting a Reading Specialist Endorsement? Attend Our Virtual Info Session on Dec. 8!

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Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 4:30 p.m. | Zoom | RSVP

Albemarle County Public Schools is exploring the possibility of creating a Reading Specialist Cohort to support current employees in obtaining a Reading Specialist License. We will be hosting a virtual information session on Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. for anyone who is interested in learning more about this opportunity. Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link to the session. If you have any questions, please email Megan Wood, Director of Professional Development.

Ready to Develop Your School Leadership Potential? UVA Offering Virtual Info Session on Nov. 30!

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Are you passionate about opportunity and access for all learners? Do you want to make a broader impact on your community? The UVA School of Education and Human Development’s Administration and Supervision Master’s program can help you become a well-prepared education leader, AND they are still accepting applications! Priority application review is currently underway; the Spring 2023 application deadline is December 8, 2022. Continue reading

Making Connections 2022 — It’s a Wrap!

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To all who participated in Making Connections this year: Thank you! As Superintendent Haas highlighted in his November 11 Weekly Check-in, we had a successful day of learning together at both Albemarle and Monticello high schools. Special thanks to all of our wonderful and talented staff who volunteered their time and efforts to present and share throughout the day. Without you, Making Connections 2022 would not have been possible! Please continue reading to watch a video of our day together, access materials from Making Connections presentations, and provide your feedback about the event. Continue reading

Empowering Our Multilingual Learners in All Classrooms


The ESOL Office is pleased to offer an ongoing series of professional development sessions to teachers who are looking to improve equitable opportunities for emergent multilinguals in their classrooms. These sessions, offered via Zoom with an in-person option, are now available for registration in the PLMS: Empowering Our Multilingual Learners in All Classrooms. Participants are encouraged to sign up and attend as many or as few of the sessions as they are able!

Sessions will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Continue reading