March 2013 archive

Please Contact Your Legislator Now!

 To:  All VASSP Members  Dr. Randy Barrack has asked for region directors to contact administrators across the Commonwealth to ask you to contact your Virginia legislators today in regard to Governor McDonnell’s support for Budget Amendment 12 and SB 13245 (  Please let them know that you are in opposition to this legislation if it returns …

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Extra Thoughts For Principals FromTeachers

 A previous post listed in NASSP’s  “The Principal’s Difference” blog site listed several positive and desirable characteristics for building administrators.  This original post has now generated several other comments in the form of recommendations for principals. This new post is one that does provide building principals some new thoughts on common issues.  You may access it at:  

Topic of Interest for Your Staff

Occasionally, issues arise from comparisons of public school educated students and home schooled students. In Virginia, we are well aware of the repeated issue of home school students missing out in participation for VHSL sports.  It seems that there are other differences between the two schooling options, and the article from EdWeek brings two of them …

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Professional Information Insights from the National High School Center

Dr. Kathleen Smith, Director, Office of School Improvement at the VDOE has provided VASSP with links to a blog site that should be of interest to high school administrators.  The site is and the blog information is listed in High School Matters. Listed below are two sample blogs for school issues that you may wish …

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Narrated SOL Practice Tests

The Virginia DOE has announced narrated demonstrations for the new technology enhanced Reading, Writing and Science SOL test items. You may access them at  

NASSP Research Memo: Universal Design for Learning

 A recent  report in the March 2013 NASSP Principal’s Research Review offers a strategy that you may wish to share with your staff. The system given includes implementing an inclusive learning strategy known as Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  The goal of this program is to reach a broader diversity of learning styles which does not …

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March: A Time to Celebrate the Magnificent Middle

 March is National Middle Level Education Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the unique learning and social characteristics of middle level students. Patti Kinney and Dru Tomlin posted an early March blog which is posted in the  ASCD  Smart Brief (March 11, 2013).  If you would like to review it, please go to:  

ODU Effort to Get More Mathematics and Science Teachers into Virginia Classrooms

 If you are the administrator in your building/school division tasked with locating qualified applicants to interview for vacant positions in your building, then you are aware of the level of difficulty faced in finding these applicants. Note the use of the term “qualified.”  There are individuals looking for jobs who feel they can work well in …

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Virginia Principal Is Excellence In Education Award Recipient

Congratulations are in order for Mrs. Carolyn Bernard, principal at Grassfield High School, Chesapeake City School Division, as the recipient of the Advanced Ed Virginia Excellence in Education Award.  Carolyn’s career in education started as a classroom teacher and over a 41 year span, culminated in her current position as high school principal.  Carolyn Bernard has …

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Governor McDonnell’s “Opportunity Educational Institution”

 Education lobbyists (VASSP etc.), representing every major education association in the state, worked diligently against passage of legislation instituting a statewide board that would usurp the role of the local school board for schools with unaccredited status.  It was difficult having to refer to the proposed entity to take over public schools as the Governor’s …

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