Learn More About JMU’s Ed Leadership Program on May 24

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | 5 p.m. | Zoom

Is school leadership in your future? James Madison University (JMU) is pleased to host an informational meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including master’s and certificate options, on Wednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. JMU is planning to start a new cohort in August 2023 for Albemarle County Public Schools and surrounding school divisions. Classes will be held locally, one night per week. Continue reading

Product Team Interest Form: Respond by May 31

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ACPS Educators: The Department of Instruction and Content Advisory Teams have identified projects that the division will develop in order to advance our curriculum, assessment and instruction in alignment with the Strategic Plan. The range of projects is diverse, from drafting curriculum frameworks to developing assessments to vetting potential curricular resources.

We are now looking for teachers across every discipline to work with a product team to develop these projects. Interested? Please review project information, descriptions, and compensation and complete the CAT Product Team Interest Form by Wednesday, May 31, if you are interested in participating in any of the projects. Continue reading

Reminder: Donate to Our Employee Fundraiser by Tomorrow!

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As of yesterday afternoon, ACPS employees have donated $1,200 in support of Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a local nonprofit that exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. We will continue collecting donations through tomorrow, Friday, May 19. We hope you will show your ACPS spirit and donate $1 or more to our 2023 fundraiser! Continue reading

Calendar Planning Survey

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ACPS has started its annual calendar development process earlier than usual with a plan to approve a two-year calendar for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years by this fall.

To help with our planning, the Calendar Committee would like to gather some initial feedback from you on such ideas as an earlier start to the school year, a shorter Winter Break, and an earlier Spring Break. We’re also interested in your thoughts about the timing of teacher workdays and professional learning days and the appropriate number of instructional days for students.

To provide your feedback, please review the two draft calendars below and then take our survey by Friday, June 2: Continue reading

VCU Reading Specialist Cohort: Application Night on May 18

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Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | Albemarle High School | Registration

If you are a VCU Reading Specialist Cohort candidate who would like assistance with the application process, please join us this Thursday evening, May 18, for an open work session with Dr. Jenna Lenhardt from the VCU School of Education. We will meet in the library at Albemarle High School from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and participants should bring their laptop. To help with our planning efforts, please complete our registration form if you plan to attend.

Questions? Please contact Megan Wood.

A Message from the Albemarle Foundation for Education During Teacher Appreciation Week

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The Albemarle Foundation for Education (AFE) wants to take a moment during Teacher Appreciation Week to share our gratitude with you. We can all identify a teacher who had a profound and lasting impact on our life trajectory. It is with these memories and stories of impact that AFE serves as a connector of resources to the important work you do for your students and the broader community. Our mission is to generate a community commitment to helping each student in Albemarle County Public Schools thrive. Our work is not possible without you.

We hope that you will consider applying for an Innovations in Education Grants award. Continue reading

Join Us: Friday Is ACPS Spirit & Jeans Day!

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This Friday, May 12, you’re invited to show your ACPS spirit by wearing jeans to work and donating $1 or more to our 2023 employee fundraiser!

All monies raised through Friday, May 19, will benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, a local nonprofit that exists to provide food assistance to families and individuals in need in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. Watch our video to learn more about our 2023 beneficiary: Continue reading

Medical Plan Dependent Eligibility Review Coming in June

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One of our most important organizational objectives is offering excellent and affordable health insurance coverage options to our employees. The past few years have been particularly challenging with regard to our health care expenses, and we expect these challenges to continue for the foreseeable future. Ever-increasing medical and prescription costs don’t just result in higher monthly premiums for our employees; they also limit the funds available to us as an employer, which impacts our flexibility when determining compensation increases.

As a part of our ongoing efforts to contain costs, this June we will begin a dependent eligibility review that will be conducted by an independent cost containment firm, Part D Advisors. Continue reading