VASSP Member Update, January 23, 2023

Articles of Interest

Prince William County superintendent apologizes for National Merit ‘oversight’ | Headlines |

Albemarle parents at odds over SROs in schools

Virginia schools receive $15 million grant to expand mental health services | WJLA

Dual enrollment education in Roanoke Valley gets boost through federal funding

Dozens of Prince William County students weren’t notified of merit commendations | Headlines |

Richmond school board gives update on Fox, George Wythe, cell phone policy | WRIC ABC 8News

Student behavior out of control, Newport News teachers and community members say

Proposal to change how Virginia schools are alerted of employee arrests, convictions gets bipartsian support | WRIC ABC 8News

Proposal to make meals free for all Virginia students at all schools

No more snow days in Virginia public schools? |

School board approves changes to rules for citizens’ time | News |

Amherst board’s opt-in measure on sexually explicit material policy draws concerns from educators           

DOE Updates

Granville P. Meade Scholarship

The Granville P. Meade Scholarship provides financial assistance to students who have achieved academically, but who are financially unable to attend college. The Granville P. Meade fund provides scholarship awards to worthy and financially disadvantaged Virginia high school seniors to attend one of Virginia’s public or private colleges or universities.

Principals of all public and nonpublic senior high schools are requested to assist in making students aware of the scholarship opportunity. In the past year, each scholarship was in the amount of $2,000 per year for four years, provided the student continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

Beginning on January 30, 2023, to March 3, 2023, students can apply for the scholarship using the Office of Student Services Application Portal. After submitting the application, students can receive updates on the status of their application through the portal and via email.

Canvas’s Training Services Portal Weekly Sessions

Educators can participate in training sessions each week via Canvas’s Training Services Portal. To find any of the sessions listed below, first make sure you are logged into your Canvas account. The upcoming hour-long sessions are appropriate for Division and School Leaders, Statewide LMS Admin, Instructors, and Support. Join for:

1/19 at 10:30 a.m.: Course Communication Tools

1/20 at 10:30 a.m.:  Exploring the Canvas Commons

Practical Assessment in Your Classroom

Designed for middle and high school teachers, William and Mary is hosting an interactive half-day workshop on January 30 to explore the ins and outs of practical classroom assessment. The focus is on engaging in meaningful day-to-day formative assessment. This is a great refresher on foundational principles of assessment and an opportunity to gain practical strategies for effective classroom assessment and feedback. Register today.  

Ed. Department Updates


On the eve of MLK Day, the Department announced Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grants to three additional Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that experienced bomb threats last year.  North Carolina Central University was awarded $213,500; Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $149,963; and Hampton University in Virginia was awarded $214,317 (press release). 

Earlier, Project SERV grants were awarded to Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi; Fayetteville State University in North Carolina; Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Project SERV provides short-term funding for school districts and postsecondary institutions that have experienced a violent or traumatic incident to assist in restoring a safe environment conducive to learning.  The Department expects more grants to be awarded in the coming weeks and continues to work with HBCUs impacted to support them in the grant application process and in expediting applications once received.