Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 10

VASSP / NASSP Membership Brochure

Hopefully by the time you read this short blog, you will have received in your mail a pocket sized brochure from VASSP/NASSP entitled “Membership Opportunities for Virginia School Leaders“.  This brochure, published jointly by VASSP and NASSP, contains important professional information, lists of professional services and fee schedules for your professional organizations. As a member, …

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Oct 10

National Student Mock Election

In the October “Principals Memos” on the DOE website, the following is listed and may be of interest to many principals. The Pearson Foundation is combining  two initiatives to involve U.S. students before, during, and after this fall’s  national election with a new program, the My  Voice National Student Mock Election.   The My Voice National Student …

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Oct 10

Leadership Tip: It’s Sometimes Best to Keep Silent

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.” ~ Napoleon Hill A sage individual once commented that there is a reason why we have one mouth and two ears: listening is the better of the two options when you really do …

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Oct 09

AP, Dual Enrollment and Academic Rigor: Where is Virginia Going?

On Sunday, there was an article in the Lynchburg News And Advance on the expansion of Advance Placement (AP) courses in central Virginia. Reading the article and reviewing the charts demonstrated that many more students are taking AP courses and getting college credit. While not the subject of the newspaper article, the 2012 General Assembly …

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Oct 09

Economic Factors and K-12 Education

I recently came across a strategy paper from the Hamilton Project titled “A Dozen Economic Facts About K-12 Education.The purpose of the project is to encourage development of public policies that are connected to a 21st century education and which foster “ economic growth and broad participation in that growth.”  The authors argue that public …

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Oct 06

Virginia High School Students Earn Microsoft Master Certifications

In an announcement from the Governor’s office on October 4th, the high schools in the Commonwealth  having students that achieved the Microsoft Master Certificates were listed. As  a result of Virginia’s ITA partnership during the 2011-2012 school year: Approximately  45,000 students were enrolled in 28 high school career and technical education  courses that were aligned to …

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Oct 03

Let’s Return to Sequestration Again

If you recall, a blog this summer with information from NASSP brought sequestration to your attention and the potential issues which could result from congress implementing this policy. Now, it seems that this ominous financial calamity may be put on hold. In a recent blog in National Journal,  Sara Sorshen writes “…when congress returns in mid-November, members …

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Oct 01

October is National Principals Month

Congratulations! October is National Principals Month and hopefully your local school division, school board and superintndent will provide you with special recognition this month. You might have to stir up their thoughts so let them know that the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals want to recognize their members this …

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Oct 01

Five Buzzwords in Education

Education, like any other profession, has a language all its own.  The following is a short list of some of the words and phrases you are likely to come across this academic year. It’s by no means all-inclusive, and some of these terms are not new, but it gives you a sense of some of education …

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Oct 01

Thoughts on Bullying

As I was reading the October 2012 issue of Educational Leadership (ASCD), there were several articles that drew my attention. One of those articles (“Joining Hands Against Bullying,” p. 26) focused on a topic that many schools face. What got my attention was a request to students to ask questions of adults in their school …

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