VASSP Member Update, May 13, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Shenandoah County School Board votes to restore the Confederate Names of schools

Chronic absenteeism: Here’s how Stafford County says they’re keeping kids in school

Loudoun sheriff calls for school resource officers on elementary campuses

More of Youngkin’s lab schools approved, but future state funding still in limbo | WVTF

National Articles of Interest 

Rapid guessing on tests increases after lunch, study finds | K-12 Dive

Schools face diminished capacity to meet student mental health needs | K-12 Dive

When are students ready for Algebra I? | K-12 Dive

School districts’ gifted student support, identification ‘mediocre at best’ | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

New ActiVAtED Learning Podcast 

Article: 2024-18-162
Contact: Calypso Gilstrap, Associate Director, Office of Educational Technology and Classroom Innovation, Calypso.Gilstrap@doe.virginia.gov 

Blue Ridge PBS, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education are pleased to announce the release of season one of ActiVAtED Learning, a 12-episode podcast designed to elevate the profession of teaching and explore trends and best practices in instructional technology, including discussions with classroom teachers who share their own philosophies of learning. 

The series features interviews with thought leaders, award winning teachers, technology leaders and others focused on improving instruction in the Commonwealth. The series premiered in January with a conversation with Blended Learning expert and author Catlin Tucker. Recorded on location at the 2023 VSTE Conference in Roanoke before a live audience, the episode set the tone for the rest of the podcast series. New episodes have been released every other Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and Spotify as well as being aired on the ECHO Channel, a broadcast and streaming channel focused on Education, Community, Health and Opportunity. 

New episodes will continue to be released until the season concludes on June 19th.

Virginia War Memorial Summer Professional Development

The Virginia War Memorial is excited to announce that the registration for the Summer 2024 Teacher Institutes is now open!  Options include a one-day professional development session focusing on Connecting Students to History: A Workshop on Research, Writing, and Photography on June 18. The second option is a three-day session on Normandy and Beyond: The Fight for Freedom held July 16-18. These sessions are open to all educators at no cost and teachers are eligible to receive recertification points for daily attendance. Registration is open now.

Zearn Educator TrainingSchool divisions that have opted into Zearn Math for Virginia ALL In Tutoring are invited to join live training sessions this spring. In these sessions, facilitators will guide Virginia educators and leaders through their approach to math learning, materials to support tutoring sessions and how to navigate the Zearn platform. The next opportunities for educators are May 22 and June 14.