The ESOL Office Is Now the “EL Office”

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To place more focus on our students (English Learners, per current U.S. Department of Education terminology) in the 2023-24 school year, rather than the subject we teach (English for Speakers of Other Languages), the ESOL Office is becoming the EL Office. We encourage everyone to make the switch when referring to our students as English Learners, or ELs—or even better, as emergent multilinguals to demonstrate an asset-based mindset! We will be referring to our teachers as EL teachers moving forward, and we have updated our email listservs to reflect this change, as follows: Continue reading

Calling All Musicians!

You’re invited to join the Albemarle County Concert Band! The band is open to employees of all ability levels and performance experiences who are interested in playing in a concert band and making music together. If you played in band during middle school, high school, or college, please consider joining us. If you need an instrument to use, let us know and we’ll try to help you locate one. If you’ve never played an instrument before, but always wanted to learn, let us know and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction.

We rehearse on Tuesday evenings during the school year from 6:30 to 8 at Burley Middle School, located at 901 Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please contact Jean Flaherty at or

Convocation Reminders & August PD Days

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We are looking forward to a successful start to the 2023-24 school year! In preparation for our upcoming division-wide professional development (PD) days on Tuesday, August 15, and Friday, August 18, please visit our August PD Days web page to access schedules for both days.

Again, we’re excited to see everyone at Ting Pavilion at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, for our division-wide convocation! Here are a few important reminders: Continue reading

Wanted: Teaching Assistants for Apprenticeship Program – Apply by Aug. 11

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Albemarle County Public Schools has received a $200,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to support a path to teaching via apprenticeship! Human Resources is now seeking dedicated and passionate teaching assistants with an associate degree to join our two-year apprenticeship program. In this unique opportunity, participants will train alongside a skilled Master Teacher for two years, developing valuable classroom skills. This two-year position leads to full licensure and preparation to serve as a teacher of record. Continue reading

You’re Invited: Paramount Teacher Reception – Aug. 17

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The Paramount Theater cordially invites you to attend their annual Teacher Reception on Thursday, August 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the evening. Meet and greet fellow educators, preview the 2023-24 arts education season, and learn about using The Paramount Theater as a classroom resource. All ACPS employees are welcome! An RSVP is encouraged: Please RSVP to Cathy von Storch at 434-293-1000 or

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8th Annual Equity Conference: Join Us on Aug. 10

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Since 2017, Albemarle County Public Schools has been dedicated to providing ongoing professional development to end the predictive value of race, class, gender, and special capacities for our students through our culturally responsive teaching (CRT) model. On Thursday, August 10, the Office of Community Engagement invites you to attend the 8th Annual Equity Conference: Don’t Stop Believin’. Come hear from this year’s CRT certification and micro-credential awardees as they share how they are making progress toward this transformation in practice. Family and friends are invited to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of our educators! Dinner will be provided. Attendees should register by August 4 (registration links below). Continue reading