VASSP Member Update, March 18, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Va. legislature earmarks $100,000 for review of special education dispute resolution system • Virginia Mercury

Rockingham County Public School Board drafts book policy

Mentoring program to help Prince Edward’s first-year teachers | Farmville

ACHS Attendance Incentive Program

Why you should stop texting your kids at school

Prince William schools seeing a decrease in chronic absenteeism | Headlines | insidenova.com

National Articles of Interest 

Supreme Court protects public officials’ free speech rights in social media rulings | K-12 Dive

Hackers Targeting Students

Districts increasingly turn to 4-day school weeks to recruit, retain staff | K-12 Dive

Biden proposes 3.9% FY 2025 increase for Education Department | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Call for Applications: Paid Internship Scholarship for Aspiring Virginia Educators 

Audience: Institutions of Higher Education

Contact: Shawna LeBlond, Director of Apprenticeships, Shawna.LeBlond@doe.virginia.gov. 

The VDOE is pleased to accept applications for the 2024 summer and fall semester for the Paid Internship Scholarship for Aspiring Virginia Educators.  

Subject to available funding, this internship scholarship is for teacher or school counselor candidates enrolled in an approved education program at an accredited Virginia public or private four-year institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. Candidates must: 

(i) be enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved undergraduate or graduate education program or are participants in another approved education program such as school counseling,  

(ii) be nominated by the institution where they are enrolled, 

(iii) completing their final semester culminating clinical experience, such as an internship or student teaching experience.  

Institutions may nominate up to two deserving students and will be asked to give preference to students facing significant barriers, including those who demonstrate financial need and/or first-generation college students and those seeking endorsement in top critical shortage areas in Virginia. Individual scholarship awards of up to $15,000 may be awarded for the semester.  

Once an institution has identified up to two nominees per semester, the nominees must complete and return the application to the designated dean/chair, director or other authorized designee of the teacher education program in accordance with the procedures and deadlines established by the student’s home institution. Applications for the spring 2024 semester will be accepted through the Single Sign-on for Web Systems (SSWS) drop box feature until 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024.

Toolkits from Virginia ABC Community Health and EngagementVirginia ABC Community Health and Engagement offers free toolkits to aid prevention events and efforts on a variety of topics. The Being Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol (BOLT) program offers free online trainings and resources to increase the capacity of middle school prevention professionals as they work to reduce youth substance use among their students. BOLT materials support middle school prevention activities including in-classroom curriculum instruction and participation in substance use awareness weeks.

VASSP Member Update, March 11, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Catholic student sues Fairfax school board over transgender protections

Virginia budget deal includes 3% raises for teachers, state employees

Youngkin vetoes bills to prevent school book bans, return Virginia to anti-voter fraud compact | WRIC ABC 8News

Henrico Schools to launch teacher apprenticeship program for ‘hard-to-staff’ schools

Pilot Bathroom Program Brings Updates to Nine Loudoun Schools | Education | loudounnow.com

State watchdog fires back at Youngkin over K-12 funding      

Albemarle teachers gearing up for Literacy Act expansion

National Articles of Interest 

Concerns increase around ESSER underspending, fiscal cliffs in last year of aid | K-12 Dive

Child Care Tax Credit

As the Affordable Connectivity Program sunsets, what’s next for schools?

Biden’s State of the Union: High-quality tutoring is in, book bans are out | K-12 Dive

Florida district agrees to improve discipline practices for students with disabilities | K-12 Dive

New SAT Test Launches

No more ‘shake it off’: School athletic programs adapt to concussion research | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Virginia Literacy Updates

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers
Contact: Michelle Wallace, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Michelle.Wallace@doe.virginia.gov

Based on the feedback received from superintendents and local instructional leaders during the recent Literacy Network Implementation meetings, VDOE has released an extensive update on literacy planning for division leaders to use as a guide while creating their division literacy plans, planning for future training, and assessing their school division’s needs around full implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act.  

Additionally, to assist divisions in the creating of their literacy plans, VDOE has created an updated instructional document intended to provide division level guidance and support. 

Required by the VLA and as a best practice, school divisions should have a well-articulated Division Literacy Plan that can be shared with stakeholders and assist in communicating implementation expectations across all schools. The literacy plan is designed to improve early literacy outcomes for students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight by requiring school divisions to address how the local school board will align the following with evidence-based literacy instruction practices aligned with science-based reading research. All documents, including the most recent update, instructions, and new DLP can be found on the VDOE website.

VASSP Member Update, March 4, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

What’s the best approach to school disruptions? Democrats and Republicans disagree. – Virginia Mercury

Henry County boards prioritize pay boost for schools employees

Bills for local sales tax surcharge for new schools head to governor

Fairfax Co. considering how to implement later middle school start times – WTOP News

Virginia Beach School Board passes amendment to ban ‘sexually explicit content’ in elementary school libraries

Random Scans For Drugs To Take Place In Loudoun County High Schools | Ashburn, VA Patch

Virginia school divisions navigate complexity of Confederate flag displays | VPM

National Articles of Interest 

California proposes paid pregnancy leave for educators | K-12 Dive

How 2 schools are tackling chronic absenteeism | K-12 Dive

Texas policy allowing school chaplains spreads to other states | K-12 Dive

How prioritizing culture boosted attendance, academics in a Virginia middle school | K-12 Dive

renaissance Charter Schools

How do equitable grading practices affect expectations? | K-12 Dive

Is the end of federal relief money worsening a child care crisis? | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Application Window open for the Science Standards of Learning Revision Committees

The VDOE is seeking nominations for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on the Science Standards Revision Committee to review the K-12 Science Standards of Learning during the summer of 2024. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, reading specialists, or other educators who have expertise with the content area and current standards. The Committee will meet between June 25-June 27, 2024, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, to review and revise the standards. Individuals who wish to serve on a committee to review the K-12 Science Standards of Learning must submit an application using the SOL Teacher Committee Application Form by March 29.

VASSP Member Update, February 26, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Tensions flare over Henrico teacher’s Gaza comments

RPS looking to hire more tutors as a part of ‘All in VA’ plan

Supreme Court declines to hear high-profile school admissions case | K-12 Dive

https://virginiamercury.com/2024/02/22/democrats-propose-tweaks-to-parental-notification-law-to-discourage-school-library-censorship/

If a student goes into cardiac arrest, does your school have a plan?

Va. lawmakers pass bill requiring hazing training in high schools

General Assembly budget committees ditch Youngkin’s tax plan, increase spending for schools and mental health

National Articles of Interest 

National Newcomer Network urges supports, policies for newly arrived students | K-12 Dive

Georgia lawsuit claims veteran teachers threatened by curriculum restrictions | K-12 Dive

Federal discrimination complaints continued upswing in 2023 with no signs of slowing | K-12 Dive

Supreme Court will not hear case involving racial diversity at selective high school

DOE Updates

Implementation of the End-of-Course Integrated Reading and Writing Component of the Standards of Learning Reading Test?

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers, English/Language Arts Supervisors

Contact: Office of Student Assessment, Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov 

As noted previously, beginning in spring 2024, the Standards of Learning (SOL) Reading test includes a new Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) test component for grade 5, grade 8, and end-of-course (EOC). In the current implementation plan for the EOC IRW, for students enrolled in Grade 11 English the EOC IRW component is optional for divisions to administer at this time. Students are required to complete the EOC SOL Reading test for federal accountability requirements; however, divisions may a) determine not to administer the EOC IRW component within the division or b) make the component optional for their high school students completing Grade 11 English. In spring 2024, the IRW component will not be used for accountability purposes. Please note this option does not apply to the Grade 5 and Grade 8 IRW components. 

As a reminder, students must continue to earn one verified credit in reading and one in writing as part of their graduation requirements, and they must complete the EOC SOL Reading test to meet federal accountability requirements. A reading verified credit can be achieved by passing the EOC SOL Reading test or achieving the required minimum score on?Substitute Tests Approved for Awarding Verified Credit in?reading. A writing verified credit can be achieved by passing the EOC SOL Writing test, achieving the required minimum score on Substitute Tests Approved for Awarding Verified Credit in writing, or within a participating division, earning a verified credit through successful completion of local performance assessments. The EOC IRW component is not included in the current graduation or federal accountability requirements.?

Application Window open for the Science Standards of Learning Revision CommitteesThe VDOE is seeking nominations for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on the Science Standards Revision Committee to review the K-12 Science Standards of Learning during the summer of 2024. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, reading specialists, or other educators who have expertise with the content area and current standards. The Committee will meet between June 25-June 27, 2024, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, to review and revise the standards. Individuals who wish to serve on a committee to review the K-12 Science Standards of Learning must submit an application using the SOL Teacher Committee Application Form by March 29.

VASSP Member Update, February 19, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Virginia ACLU sues Department of Education over trans model policies

Frederick County School Board to consider weapons detection pilot program | Winchester Star | winchesterstar.com

Roanoke schools joining lawsuit against social media

State Education Department approves first-of-its-kind Roanoke school

Madison: ‘Growing Our Own’ through Teachers of Tomorrow

New implementations on drug prevention and security discussed at Rockingham County School Board meeting

Henrico Schools will implement new K-5 literacy curriculum, middle school reading intervention class in fall 2024

National Articles of Interest 

Half of states now restrict trans student athletes | K-12 Dive

Nearly two-thirds of teachers steer clear of charged topics

How HBCUs are building a stronger Black teacher pipeline | K-12 Dive

More Teens Seek Counseling but Parents are Unsure

4 strategies to spark engagement in summer programs | K-12 Dive

CDC considers end to COVID 5-day isolation | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

VDOE Literacy Network Implementation Series Underway

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals

Contact: Jill Nogueras, English Coordinator, jill.nogueras@doe.virginia.gov

VDOE’s Literacy Network Implementation Series is designed to support Division leaders in developing and implementing effective strategies to achieve the goals of the Virginia Literacy Act and increase literacy outcomes for students across Virginia.  

 Session #1 will review the process for leading impactful systems-level change to improve literacy outcomes for all of Virginia’s students. Participants will explore the Division Literacy Plan, deepen their understanding of the components of a coherent literacy strategy, and can develop and/or refine their school division literacy vision while planning to share and invest all stakeholders in this vision. 

Division Teams of up to seven people should be formed and should include the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction or CAO/Director of Instruction, Division Level Literacy Lead (supervisor/coordinator/director), and Principal(s) who can help carry the message back to the Division. Teams should also invite a Director of Special Education, Director of Multilingual Learning/ESL or special populations, or Reading Specialist(s).  Participants will receive professional development points for attending the three-hour long sessions.  

Superintendents or designee may register their team using the regional links HERE.   

Regional sessions will be held: 

Region 2: February 29 at 12:30 p.m. held at Mariners Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. 

Region 3: February 29 at 9 a.m. held at Spotsylvania Boardroom Administrative Services, 8020 River Stone Drive, Fredericksburg. 

Region 4: February 23 at 1 p.m. held at 121 Mustang Alley, Falls Church. 

Region 5: February 20 at 9:30 a.m. held at Center 1. 1180 Seminole Trl. Charlottesville, VA. 

Region 6: February 21 at 9 a.m. held at Salem High School, 400 Spartan Drive, Salem, VA.

Region 7: March 7 at 9:30 a.m. held at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Grand Hall 1 Partnership Cir, Abingdon.

National Security Language Initiative – Critical Languages Grant

The application period is now open for the VDOE National Security Language Initiative competitive grants. VDOE will award these grants to public school divisions to add or expand offerings in one or more world language courses currently identified as critical by the NSLI for Youth Scholarship Program.? School divisions may apply for this competitive grant program using the NSLI2024 online application. The deadline for divisions to submit completed applications is February 29.  More information about the grant is available on the VDOE NSLI Grant website.

Activated Learning

Ms. Emily Burrell has been a math teacher for over two decades and currently teaches at South Lakes High School in Fairfax. On February 14, Ms. Burrell will be featured on VDOE podcast ActiVAtED Learning. In addition to teaching advanced mathematics, she enjoys working with students in her Algebra Functions and Data Analysis courses, where her practical approach helps students see the connections between what students learn in class and their everyday lives. Tune in to Activated Learning!

VASSP Member Update, February 12, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Alexandria School Board authorizes collective bargaining and teachers union shuns draft proposal | ALXnow

Youngkin official sought to change transgender policy for high school sports

Bills requiring schools to send parents gun safety notices clear Va. House, Senate – Virginia Mercury

Bill requires Virginia school divisions update evacuation plans for students with mobility impairments – The Virginian-Pilot

House panel advances bill to allow localities to hold referendum on sales tax increase for schools – Cardinal News

Several Prince William schools set to upgrade security equipment thanks to state grants | Headlines | insidenova.com

Stafford County students could decide to opt in or out of virtual learning

National Articles of Interest

What does successful education reform look like? | K-12 Dive

Enrollment takes slight turn up, but still lags behind pre-pandemic levels

Tutoring Programs Post Pandemic    

DOE Updates

Updated Required School Screenings Guidance Document for Special Educators 

Audience: Superintendents, Directors of Special Education, School Principals, Teachers (Certain Grade Levels, including Physical Education Teachers), Audiologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Nurses, and Speech Pathologists

Contact: Bonnie English, Specialist – Related Services, Evaluation, and Eligibility, Bonnie.English@doe.virginia.gov

As part of Child Find under special education, school divisions are required to have procedures, including timelines, to document the screening of children enrolled in the division, including transfers from out of state (8VAC20-81-50 C.1.). These screenings must occur in the areas of hearing, vision, scoliosis, speech, voice, language, and fine and gross motor functions.  

The updated Required School Screenings Guidance Document for Special Educators provides users with regulatory requirements from the Code of Virginia as well as specific regulations from the Administrative Code at Chapter 81, more commonly known as the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia. It also includes suggested procedures for completing each of the required screenings. 

School divisions are asked to carefully review this document and use it to make necessary changes to their existing school screenings procedures.

VDOE Literacy Network Implementation Series VDOE’s Literacy Network Implementation Series is designed to support Division leaders in developing and implementing effective strategies to achieve the goals of the Virginia Literacy Act. Superintendents or designee may register a division team of up to seven people including the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction or CAO/Director of Instruction, Division Level Literacy Lead, and Principal(s) who can help carry the message back to the Division. Teams should also invite a Director of Special Education, Director of Multilingual Learning/ESL or special populations, or Reading Specialist(s). Sessions begin February 8.

VASSP Member Update, February 5, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Education coalition and lawmakers advocate for increased teacher pay

Senate committee advances Pillion’s bill to require Narcan in public schools – Cardinal News

Senate Democrats kill 3 Republican bills dealing with transgender students – Cardinal News

Va. lawmakers consider sweeping changes to special education – Virginia Mercury

Loudoun Schools Begin Tutoring Services as Part of All in VA Plan | Education | loudounnow.com

In gridlocked Congress, unlikely issue of cellphones in schools forges bipartisan bonds – CBS News

Virginia Senate passes bill to let localities increase sales tax to pay for school construction

Virginia education board discusses development of new accountability system

National Articles of Interest

Title IX regulations advance to White House after significant delay

5 principals to watch in 2024 | K-12 Dive

SCOTUS signals interest in K-12 admissions case

The K-12 outlook for 2024: Funds are waning, challenges aren’t

Technology Use in Schools

Ballooning chronic absenteeism requires state intervention | K-12 Dive

4 policy trends to watch in 2024 | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Virginia Department of Education’s Video Guide to the Special Education Evaluation Process for Families

Audience: Superintendents, Directors

Contact: Bonnie English, Specialist-Related Services, Evaluation and Eligibility, Bonnie.English@doe.virginia.gov

In response to feedback and collaboration with the field, as well as to legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has released a Video Guide to the Special Education Evaluation Process for Families as additional guidance to support accurate and consistent eligibility determinations and access to special education services across school divisions. These video modules will provide parents, families, and other stakeholders with a brief but comprehensive overview of the special education process on the following topics: Introduction (Overview of Series), Identification, Evaluation, Eligibility, Individualized Education Program (IEP), Reevaluation, Early Intervention, and What’s Next. Each module is designed to be viewed as a stand-alone resource or viewed in succession. 

For questions regarding the video modules, please contact Bonnie English, Specialist-Related Services, Evaluation and Eligibility, at (804) 750-8187 or Bonnie.English@doe.virginia.gov; or Dr. Zenia Burnett, Director of Instructional Services, at (804) 750-8666 or Zenia.Burnett@doe.virginia.gov. For general inquiries, email spedinstruction@doe.virginia.gov.

Hometown Teacher ProgramApplications are now being accepted for the Hometown Teacher Program.  It provides grants of $7,500 to low-income high school graduates who meet the specific program’s criteria. Each Superintendent’s Region may select up to four applicants to send forward for consideration for initial applications.  Find out  more information about the Hometown Teacher Program today!

VASSP Member Update, January 29, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Virginia education board discusses development of new accountability system

Virginia senate bill focuses on mental health of student-athletes

Newport News begins using canines in schools for firearm and drug detection

Lt. Governor Earle-Sears pushes school choice bills that are unlikely to get much Democratic support | WVTF

Virginia legislation would require school bathroom checks every 30 minutes

School choice advocates push for education savings accounts in Virginia, Dems say they’re bad for public schools | WRIC ABC 8News

Alleghany Highlands Public Schools’ ‘ALL In Virginia’ plan boosts learning and attendance

Virginia Senate bill would allow school boards to ban cellphones during school hours – Virginia Mercury

Overhaul of Virginia’s education funding formula underway | VPM

National Articles of Interest

How 6 high schools reformed to improve post-pandemic outcomes | K-12 Dive

Utah lawmakers pass bill banning DEI at public schools | K-12 Dive

FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program wind-down could widen homework gap | K-12 Dive

Ed Dept outlines 3 inequities to address in 2024 educational technology plan | K-12 Dive

Education Department pushes principals, districts to spread gun storage awareness | K-12 Dive

State budget changes could exacerbate impending fiscal cliffs | K-12 Dive

5 factors shaping AI’s impact on schools in 2024 | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Lexia ALL In Support

All divisions opting into Lexia’s All In support have access to live training as well as on-demand professional development content to learn how to successfully implement Lexia Core5 Reading and Lexia PowerUp Literacy programs. Explore the Lexia’s Professional Development one-pager to access training calendars, sign up for live training sessions, and access pre-recorded professional development content. 

Visit Lexia for Virginia: ALL In Tutoring for more information and additional resources.

VASSP Member Update, January 22, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Virginia’s first lab school launches quietly at VCU

House Democrats cast doubt on funding for Youngkin’s STEM lab schools

Democrats advance multiple bills out of House Education Committee

How a mentorship program is improving attendance rates at a Prince William Co. elementary school – WTOP News

Senate Dems challenge Coons as deadline to confirm her appointment nears

A new Charlottesville school gives some teens a different way to learn — at night

Democrats Pass Multiple Bills out of Committee

House Democrats cast doubt on funding for Youngkin’s STEM lab schools

Virginia legislators look to update outdated school funding formula | WVTF

Saturday school ready for launch in Danville. But it won’t be traditional classes.

School district benefits from state-issued grant to combat chronic absenteeism

National Articles of Interest

Ed Dept outlines 3 inequities to address in 2024 educational technology plan | K-12 Dive

Do grow-your-own teacher initiatives need a tighter focus?

SCOTUS punts once again on transgender bathroom access | K-12 Dive

Ed Dept funding levels maintained as Congress approves 3rd stopgap for FY 24 | K-12 Dive

Utah bill would ban schools from asking for diversity statements | K-12 Dive

Teacher Training Curriculum Update

How 3 districts spent down their ARP money | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Sample Winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Parent Report

The Winter VGA Parent report will show a child’s performance on the Virginia Growth Assessments. This report, combined with teacher input, classroom work, report cards, and the Student Detail by Question reports, will give families and teachers a more complete picture of student progress. Families can use these results to help identify areas where their child is doing well and areas where additional support may be needed. Click here to view a sample winter VGA Parent Report.

Release of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) Participation Decision-Making Tool and Accompanying Frequently Asked Questions Document

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to ensure the total number of students assessed in a subject using the alternate assessment aligns with alternate achievement standards and that the state may not exceed one percent of the total number of all students who are assessed in a subject. Virginia continues to exceed this cap for students participating in the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP).  

To create alignment with the VDOE’s Corrective Action Plan for exceeding the one percent cap for alternate assessment participation, VDOE has recently revised and augmented its guidance regarding VAAP participation. The purpose of the revision is to ensure Individualized Education Program Teams are identifying the appropriate students for VAAP participation. School divisions should plan implementation of the forthcoming VAAP Participation Decision-Making Tool by July 1, 2024.  

The VDOE continues support for school divisions on improving the implementation of the VAAP participation guidelines and ensuring that the appropriate students are assessed using this alternate assessment. Local school divisions’ Directors of Special Education will receive an email containing additional information, including access to an introductory recording and upcoming online and live question and answer sessions. Directors are encouraged to share the training information with their school division’s IEP Team members and school administrators.

National School Counseling Week is February 5-9This annual week of recognition highlights the positive impact school counselors have as school-based mental health professionals. Virginia school counselors are actively committed to helping students reach their full potential. Comprehensive school counseling programs play an integral role in enhancing students’ academic, career and social/emotional development.  Recognize and celebrate NSCW by downloading materials and more on the American School Counselor Association website.  

VASSP Member Update, January 15, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Richmond middle school one of six area schools to start new phone-free pilot program | WRIC ABC 8News     

Parental notification, Narcan policies among several bills Virginia lawmakers introduce to fight fentanyl crisis | DC News Now

https://roanoke.com/news/local/education/franklin-county-schools-funding-reductions-school-closings-under-consideration/article_cc697b16-af39-11ee-b675-831adcd07b33.html

National program helping veterans become teachers having an impact in Hampton Roads

Mountain Gateway Community College lab school proposal advances

Virginia Department of Education addresses teacher shortages with digital license program 

Weapon detection scanners in schools: Half a schoolyear in, here’s how it’s going in Prince William

Metal detectors to be installed in all Richmond middle schools | WRIC ABC 8News

Va. education leaders launch new effort on student mental health

National Articles of Interest

Current child tax credit leaves out historically marginalized children | K-12 Dive              

Bullying is linked to school shootings. What do schools need to know? | K-12 Dive

Can parents file civil suits over corporal punishment? SCOTUS declines to answer | K-12 Dive

Summer Food Program

Child care experts offer optimism amid growing challenges | K-12 Dive

Concerns rise over long-term financial sustainability of school meals programs | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

New Virginia Licensure Online System
VDOE has launched its Virginia Licensure Online system (VALO) to help modernize the teacher licensure process and make the application and renewal experience more user-friendly for perspective and current teachers. The system is designed to assist applicants as they move through the licensure process. VALO will make it easier for prospective teachers to submit complete and accurate applications, keep track of their application status, and timely correct any needed information. Read more from VDOE!

Creative and Critical Thinking with Art
This a self-paced, innovative and free online course was developed through a partnership of Virtual Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and uses the museum’s collections to explore creative thinking across different content areas. During this course, participants will explore how inquiry-based engagement with art objects might serve as a laboratory for honing the creative and critical thinking skills crucial to the discipline they teach.  Participants who successfully complete this course earn a certificate worth twelve hours of professional learning.     

Strategies to Support EL Students in the Secondary Classroom
This workshop provides strategies to support EL students in the secondary classroom sponsored by VaSCL. The target audience is Teachers Grades 6-12, Novice Teachers, ELL Teachers,  Special Educators, School Administrators and Coaches. The sessions will be held on March 11, March 14  &  March 18, 2024 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (virtual) Find out more information or register.
Session 1: Reading and Listening (receptive modes) with English Learners
Session 2: Writing and Speaking (productive modes) with English Learners
Session 3: Assessing English Learners Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the WIDA language expectations for their content area.

Virginia Statewide LMS Credentials 
Four free credential opportunities are available with two tracks for teachers and education personnel and two tracks for technology/infrastructure personnel. Each track includes a series of webinars and a brief online course. Participants who successfully complete a track will earn a certificate and digital badge worth five hours of professional learning. Register for the spring webinars beginning on Feb. 5.