Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 31

McCauliffe Makes Position Known on A-F Schools Grading

During his first “Ask the Governor” call-in radio program, Governor McAuliffe made his position well known on the A-F grading system for Virginia’s public schools. He advocated for “dismantling” the grading system for rating Virginia’s public schools noting that it stigmatizes students and teachers and could have an adverse economic impact on the schools’ communities. …

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Jan 30

Career and Technical Education Month

February is recognized this year as Career and Technical Education (CTE) month by Governor McAuliffe. This provides us an opportunity to celebrate the positive learning opportunities that CTE programs offer to our students. In addition to programs in February, this is also an appropriate time to recognize the CTE professionals and business and computer partners that make a difference …

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Jan 30

Digital Learning Day – February 5th

Digital Learning Day, an opportunity for teachers and students in the commonwealth to participate in and showcase digital learning activites will take place again this year in February. Promoted by the Virginia DOE and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, Digital Learning Day provides an opportunity “to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that …

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Jan 29

Crirical Issues Confronting Educators

If you had the opportunity (and time) to sit down and develop a list of critical issues facing educators and education, what would you list?  Technology, the need for more funding, interfering legislators/governors and perhaps many other issues may be in your list. Rather than developing your own list, one writer has already developed a …

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Jan 29

Home Schoolers/Athletics…Again

In what has become an annual contest for the past six years between Delegate Rob Bell and the Virginia legislature/Virginia High School League and high school administrators is on the docket again this session.  HB63, Public School Interscholastic Programs; participation by students receiving home instruction is making another appearance in the Virginia General Assembly.  As …

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Jan 10

VADOE Announces New Digital Learning Resources

On Monday, January 13, Dr. Patricia I. Wright will unveil new digital resources for Virginia teachers and students. The new resources that will be announced and demonstrated include a virtual astronomy course and online platform that students and teachers can use to create interactive digital learning content for devices and the web. You may access …

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Jan 10

General Assembly 2014 Is In Session

Our legislators are gathering in Richmond beginning this week to ponder, participate and pass legislation for the Commonwealth.  While education issues are not their total focus by any means, for building principals education policy and the associated guidelines are significant to school operation and instruction.  A quick review of the proposed legislation, both for the House …

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