VASSP Member Update, January 30, 2023

Articles of Interest  

Harrisonburg Schools working to improve teacher morale

Henrico school board votes to keep challenged book

Virginia Beach students urge school board to reject trans policies – The Virginian-Pilot

Proposal would require Virginia students to pass citizenship test to graduate | WRIC ABC 8News

Bill to require more transparency in Virginia’s education standards revision dies | WRIC ABC 8News

Madison County School Board removes 22 books from high school library

Arlington school system gets more aggressive in reporting unexpected student absences

Albemarle County Public Schools to strengthen crisis response

Henrico schools to add metal detectors next month

Mandatory internet safety education proposed for all Virginia public schools   

DOE Updates

Multilingual Learners 101 Workshop-January 30

SURN is calling all middle and high school general and special education teachers to join them for this half-day interactive workshop in Norfolk. Participants will explore how English Learners acquire social and academic language and literacy, and participants will learn how to build background knowledge, identify and teach academic language, and provide language and reading practice across the content areas. Register or find out more information about this workshop today!

Behavior Intervention Begins with Prevention: Fostering a Safe Learning Community-Feb. 14 Register for this series sponsored by the Virginia School Consortium for Learning. This interactive workshop will focus on practical ways to support and respond to student behavior. Participants will deepen knowledge and skills to manage the ever-changing classroom environment in ways that promote behavioral competency over compliance. Megan Williams, behavioral specialist, will focus with participants on how to prevent behavior issues from occurring in the first place as well as how to intervene when behavioral issues begin to escalate.

Lessons of WWII High School Education Program

Learning the lessons of World War II has a strong positive impact on the ideals and aspirations of our nation’s young citizens. Contact Holly Rotondi, Executive Director of the Friends of the National WWII Memorial for more information on how Alex Kershaw, historian and author of The Bedford Boys can visit secondary history classrooms in Virginia through a grant.  

Infusing Data Literacy Across the Curriculum for Grades 4-12- Feb. 16

The Virginia Data Science Team leads will immerse you in hands-on data literacy experiences and guide you through some of the free tools to see the power of big data. In the afternoon breakouts, you will team up with educators from your content area: Math, CS, CTE, Science, SS/Humanities, and Elementary.  See the connections to your Virginia Standards of Learning and Competencies and try out data sets related to your content. Leave knowing how to add the relevance of real-world data to any content! Register today!

Practical Assessment in Your ClassroomDesigned 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.