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
One of the recommendations from the Bellwether instructional practices audit involves using a planning tool called a “Theory of Change” to identify strategies, actions and resources that can facilitate change and achieve desired outcomes. This process includes reflecting on the various roles of people in our school division and the influence of those roles on student success. As Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) begins this important work, we invite educators, administrators, support staff, students, parents and guardians, and community members to join us.
Our Nationwide Retirement Specialist, Lynn Robinette, is available for individual virtual consultations on an ongoing basis, but each month, she reserves a week of appointment openings for Albemarle County employees. Appointments are available this September 25-29!
The Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation Plan is available to ACPS employees who wish to save additional money toward retirement through pre-tax payroll deductions. Continue reading
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.
This is the third article in a series of Compass posts about the structure of the new ACPS Human Resources Department. As we explained in the first post in our series, Human Resources used to jointly serve the school division and Albemarle County Government. One of the major reasons for transitioning to separate HR departments to serve each organization was related to the nuances of recruiting and retaining school division employees, such as teachers, drivers, nurses, teacher assistants, Extended Day Enrichment Programs and cafeteria staff, office associates, and principals, compared to public safety and government office staff. Our ACPS HR Talent Acquisition Team is focused on and committed to recruiting, supporting and retaining a diverse workforce that is representative of the students and community we serve. Continue reading
Being a savvy healthcare consumer is a great way to maximize your benefits dollars; money saved here can be used elsewhere! Here are some quick tips for minimizing your healthcare expenses:
Use in-network providers whenever possible. Continue reading
TeacherDirect is a weekly e-newsletter published by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as a direct line of communication with classroom teachers and educators. The goal of TeacherDirect is to share new instructional resources created by VDOE staff and to make teachers aware of professional development and grant opportunities, SOL resources, and other information of special interest to teachers and their students. Subscribe to TeacherDirect to receive weekly updates from VDOE via email.
Throughout the month of September, acac Fitness and Wellness Centers is partnering with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson’s Research for their 30 days for $30 campaign. Try acac, commitment free, and enjoy 30 days of unlimited group exercise classes, aquatics, a state-of-the-art fitness floor, Kids Zone child care, and more at your local acac, all while supporting the development of new treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease (100% of your $30 pass will benefit the work of the MJFF). Get started at acac.com/30days or scan the QR code in the flyer below. Continue reading
Hello ACPS team! We have an extraordinary opportunity to make a real difference in our community by partnering with the American Red Cross for our second ACPS Blood Drive! Join us on Tuesday, September 19, by rolling up your sleeves to help save lives! The Red Cross has over 135 years of experience providing humanitarian aid, including more than 75 years of supplying blood to those in need. By donating just a small amount of your time (60 minutes or less), you can help save lives and contribute to a cause that truly matters.
📅 Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
⏰ Time: 1 to 6 p.m.
🏢 Location: Lane Auditorium, County Office Building, 401 McIntire Rd, Charlottesville VA, 22902