September 2012 archive

DOE Website Contains New Principal Memos

The Virginia Department of Education has just posted two memos with information for building principals: Memo #1014-12  Teacher Direct: A Web Site Just For Virginia Teachers –  this new site provides information directly to teachers regarding SOL News, SOL Events and an SOL Library. Memo # 1013-12  Governor’s Cyber Challenge –  Governor McDonnell is hosting the first …

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Virginia DOE Announces 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools

The Virginia Department of Education announced Friday, September 7th the names of seven Virginia Schools that are recognized as the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Among the schools receiving this prestigious recognition are two high schools: Grundy High School, Buchanan Division, Mrs. Leslie Horn-Principal West Point High School, Town of  West Point Division, Mr. Mark …

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More Thoughts on Teacher Evaluation Frameworks

The August 28th Principal Insight blog entry provided viewpoints on revised teacher evaluation processes from school divisions in various parts of our country.  Shortly after this blog was posted, an article appeared in Education Week  that offers a position challenging the multi-step, time consuming processes associated with many of the revised evaluation programs. Mike Schmoker’s article, “The Next Education Fad – …

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