Insider Express – Vol. 1, Issue 23

Volume 1, Issue 23

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Board Meeting Highlights

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Following are highlights from the school board meeting on May 9, 2024. You can view the full May 9 meeting agenda in ESB. You can also watch a recording of the May 9 meeting on our YouTube page.

Policy Review & Revisions

Virginia Code requires all school board policies to be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed. On May 9, three policies were presented for action:

  • GCL, Professional Development
  • JOF, Security Cameras
  • BHH, Student Representative to the School Board

Questions? Contact Dallas Hitt.

Recognition of Observances

Board members read the following resolution and proclamations in honor of three observances:

Spotlight on Education

Dan Redding, Executive Director of Human Resources, presented the nominees for 2024 Teacher, Classified Employee, and Leader of the Year. The winners of each category, listed below, also addressed the board:

  • 2024 Teacher of the Year: Sarah Reyes, English and geometry teacher and English Learners Department Chair, Albemarle High School
  • 2024 Classified Employee of the Year: Carla Dodson, Fiscal Administrator I, Murray Elementary School
  • 2024 Administrative Leader of the Year: Mark Leach, Assistant Director of Enterprise Applications and Web Services, Department of Technology
Senior Stay Day

Senior Stay Day is an annual, celebratory event co-hosted by ACPS and key partners to welcome graduates staying in the local area to the Albemarle County community and extend their networks of support, continuing educational opportunities, and meaningful employment. Following the 2024 event on April 23, staff presented an overview of Senior Stay Day.

Questions? Contact Amber Roberts.

High School Center II & Southern Feeder Pattern Elementary School

The design development plans for both High School Center II and the new Southern Feeder Pattern Elementary School were presented to the board. Approval to proceed to the construction document phase for both projects will be requested at the May 23 school board meeting.

Questions? Contact Matt Wertman.

PreK-12 Division Literacy Plan

In support of the adoption of a new K-5 literacy curriculum, Department of Instruction staff presented a PreK-12 Division Literacy Plan that outlines what ACPS believes about literacy for elementary and secondary education.

Questions? Contact Chandra Hayes.

Recent News

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TeacherDirect Newsletter

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TeacherDirect is a weekly newsletter designed to provide a direct line of communication between the Virginia Department of Education and classroom teachers and educators. Subscribe to TeacherDirect to receive weekly updates from VDOE via email!

Some highlights from the May 8 issue include:

  • VCEE Economic and Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Financial Foundations: A Personal Finance Conference For Educators
  • Virginia War Memorial Summer Professional Development
  • Celebrate with Authors and Literacy Experts, July 25-26
  • WIDA’s Digital Tools
  • FLAVA Awards: Nomination Deadline Extended to June 1
  • Moton Museum Teacher Institute 2024 – Hybrid Workshop
  • Zearn Educator Training, May 22 and June 14
  • Applications Open Through May 17 for the VSTE Certified Coach Program (#VCC)
  • Environmental Education Modules
  • ECODETECTIVES: An Environmental Economics Institute
  • Free Electronic Resource for World Languages
  • ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2024 Released
  • And more!

Virginia Education Update Newsletter

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Virginia Education Update is a weekly newsletter from Dr. Coons, Superintendent of Public Instruction, that serves to communicate official information from the Virginia Department of Education to school divisions.

The May 2 edition contains items that may be of interest to teachers and other school division employees, such as:

  • Decision Day in Virginia, May 15
  • VDOE Literacy and Mathematics Symposium – Starting June 10
  • Registration Open: Virginia Literacy Act Elementary and Middle School Principals Professional Development – Training Opportunities on June 14-27
  • VDOE-Sponsored Content Teaching Academies at James Madison University, June 24-27
  • Educational Opportunities from Sail250® Virginia
  • New ActiVAtED Learning Podcast
  • Spring Standards of Learning Parent Reports Available