Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28

Education Questions Related To Sequestration

An article by Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil regarding sequestration and education appeared in the February 27th edition of EdWeek.  Listed below is a portion of the article that should help to clarify questions for which administrators have not received answers.  1) What exactly is sequestration? Sequestration is a series of across-the-board cuts to a broad …

Continue reading »

Feb 28

Virginia College Students Demonstrate Educational Perseverance

 The governor’s office released the results this week of a study which shows that Virginia students in higher education have a significanlty higher graduation completion rate that students from most other states.  The report, released by the National Student Clearing House, shows that most Virginia college students complete their degrees at a rate far above the national average. …

Continue reading »

Feb 25

K-12 Budget Initiatives

  The following list includes  K-12 budget initiatives. Note: Teacher salary funded for instruction *(includes principals and AP’s) and support, for 11 months.    Other K-12 Initiatives in FY 2014 §School Division Consolidation Issues.  •Changes the consolidation agreement policy by requiring DOE to use a blended local composite index (LCI) instead of the lower LCI of …

Continue reading »

Feb 22

Need Help To Boost Your PLC’S ?

If you are looking to create a PLC or thinking of making your PLC’s more effective, you may want to read “How to Make the Most of Your Professional Learning Community” in the February 20 issue of Education Week Teacher.  This article may provide you with an opportunity to inject new ideas or procedures with your current …

Continue reading »

Feb 22

Job Frustration Among Building Principals

If you have , at times, wondered the wisdom of taking on the responsibility of being a building principal, apparently you are not alone. The job description for principals, elementary, middle and high school has evolved significantly since the early 2000’s when technology innovation, instructional/learning challenges, demographic changes and the political climate of local boards …

Continue reading »

Feb 21

Mark Your Calendar: VASSP Conference & Exposition Will Be Held June 23 -26

To:  All VASSP Members From:  Dr. Randy Barrack, Executive Director/CEO, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals VASSP will hold its annual election of officers and board members in June during the Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition. The election of VASSP candidates for the 2013-2014 year are directed by the Association bylaws. …

Continue reading »

Feb 15

Home-schoolers Bill Fails Again

The push again this year by Delegate Robert Bell, R-Albemarle for home-schooled students to be allowed access to participation in public school athletic programs has failed.  The bill, Senate Bill 1442, failed yesterday by a vote of 8 – 7.  Senator Harry Blevins, R-Chesapeake, sided with several democrats on the committee to defeat the bill. …

Continue reading »

Feb 11

Virginia Middle Schools Recognized

 The Virginia Department of Education released a memo February 8, 2013 listing the middle schools in the commonwealth selected for the Schools To Watch Program.  This program, sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, has been established to identify and recognize outstanding middle schools based on four criteria: academic excellence; developmental responsiveness; …

Continue reading »

Feb 08

Middle School Students Use Smartphones For Learning

A recent article in Education Week (February 8, 2013) reported the results of a survey for student use of smart phones for homework completed by the Verizon Foundation. The data from this survey indicated that a significant numberof middle school students responded to using their smart phones at home/out of school to do homework. Keeping in mind the …

Continue reading »

Feb 06

Does the “Tyranny of the Urgent” Sound Familiar?

In late January, I received the monthly copy of the “Lancer Letter”  a staff communication letter from Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax County.  Principal Abe Jeffers, member of the VASSP Board of Directors, graciously forwards a copy to me and it is nice to keep in touch with what goes on in Abe’s …

Continue reading »

Older posts «