VASSP Member Upodate, September 25, 2023

Articles of Interest  

Northumberland plans to address absenteeism with Saturday School | Rappahannock Record

Sexually explicit books removed from Lexington school library following complaints from parents

Inclement Weather Live Instruction

Virginia officials say school mental health pilot ‘successfully launched’ new services

AHSB Approves Attendance Awareness and Bullying Prevention Resolutions – The Virginian Review

Youngkin wants tutors for many students. Where will they come from?

Amherst School Board opts against adopting state’s model transgender policy

National Articles of Interest

Digital divide persists as 22% of low-income households with children lack internet | K-12 Dive

ChatGPT releases teacher guide for AI use in the classroom | K-12 Dive

Proposed Section 504 rule still being drafted | K-12 Dive

K-12 decision-making is subject of lawsuits contesting power, politics

Districts nationwide exploring, tweaking equitable grading policies | K-12 Dive

The pandemic is over. But American schools still aren’t the same.

Why some schools are embracing gender support plans for LGBTQ+ students | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Civics Education Week in Virginia
House Joint Resolution No. 627 passed in February 2007 designated the third week of September as Civics Education Week in Virginia.?The Joint resolution states in part,? “WHEREAS, the civic mission of schools is essential to the purpose of education; and WHEREAS, civic education teaches students the tools to maintain our democratic republic; RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly designate the third week of September, in 2007 and in each succeeding year, as Civics Education Week;” School divisions are encouraged to plan educational activities during Civics Education Week, September 18 – 22, 2023. 

Options for Transitioning to the 2023 Mathematics Standards of Learning
The 2023 Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) were approved by the Board of Education on August 31, and will be fully implemented during the 2024-2025 school year.  During the 2023-2024 school year, school divisions will select one of three transition options to prepare for full implementation in 2024-2025. Register in advance to join VDOE for a webinar, Options for Transitioning to the 2023 Mathematics SOL, on September 21, at 5 p.m.  Registered participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.   

Virginia School Consortium for Learning Upcoming Opportunities
VaSCL is offering several professional development workshops for teachers, educators and leaders focused on supporting educators with growing fluent reader, literacy, and language including:
October 3 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Effective Early Literacy for grades PreK-2 explores evidence-based strategies for engaging in intentional teaching and learning across the curriculum, including play.
October 5 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.:  A Strength-Based Approach to Scaffolding Adolescent Comprehension for grades 6-12  participants will identify challenges in science, social studies, or ELA texts and develop scaffolds to help readers overcome and access texts across the disciplines.
October 10 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.:  Effective Literacy Instruction for Learners  for grades 3-6, participants  will take a deep dive into the elements of effective literacy instruction and the Science of Reading focusing on: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Spanish Heritage Language Education Online Lecture Series
Join Dr. Tracy Quan, Dr. Yvette Bürki, and Dr. Claudia Cervantes-Soon for the 2023-2024 George Mason Spanish Heritage Language Education online lecture series. All lectures will be held via Zoom and they are free and open to the public. Visit the series webpage for more information and registration links.