The "Resources for the 2016 VASS Spring Conference" link will take you to a web page where you can access material provided by conference presenters, the conference schedule, a list of exhibitors,a booth map, fliers for the Sunday afternoon activities, and more.
Dr. Seibert, the Superintendent of Salem City Schools, is the past president of VASS and a leader on the SOL Innovation Committee. He has been a catalyst for innovation in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the use of meaningful data in his school division, and is a strong advocate for statewide reforms in public education. He is also admired for his strength of character and dedication to serving others. State Superintendent Steven Staples presented the award to Dr. Seibert at the VASCD Conference in Williamsburg on December 3. VASCD was thrilled to recognize such an effective leader--and valued colleague.
Links to the blogs can be seen in the column to your left. If your school division is a member of VASS and you would like us to post a link to your blog on our home page, please use the link in the Member Blogs section to contact our webmaster, Cid Scallet.
Events this winter and spring include the VASS Winter Conference, which focuses on legislative issues; a professional development workshop on alternative assessments; and the 2016 Spring Conference. Event dates and locations can be found on the calendar to your left or in the "Featured Events: Winter and Spring 2016 " section to your right.
Dr. Patrick Murphy, the superintendent of Arlington County Schools and the 2015 Virginia Superintendent of the Year, has published “Standards of Learning: Quiet Please, Ready on the Set, Take 2,” a compelling argument for offering students a “second chance” on an SOL test. Citing the need for multiple measures, Dr. Murphy details the work done in his division to improve SOL results through “re-takes.” Click on the Headline for a link to Dr. Murphy’s article.
Dr. James T. Roberts, the superintendent of Chesapeake Public Schools, has authored “Educational Funding Needs a Readjustment,” a commentary on the state’s adjustments to its re-benchmarking formulas in 2009 and the importance of re-adjusting the benchmarks to reflect the state’s financial situation today. Dr. Roberts, a Virginia educator for 47 years, offers a veteran's perspective on the needs of Virginia's students and educators--and how budget issues play a role in the state's public education priorities. Click on the Headline for a link to his commentary.
VASS offers its division members the opportunity to provide links to announcements of open professional employment opportunities in public education throughout the state. For current openings, view the links under "Job Postings" toward the bottom of the column to your left.
VASS worked with Strategic Value Media to create the guide, a web portal to a large network of vendors that supply goods and services to educators. The guide, which highlights companies that are VASS Business Members, is designed to help school division leaders make efficient and fully informed purchasing decisions. Click on the Headline for more information.
If you are a superintendent looking for new insights into how best to implement digital learning in your division, you will want to take a hard look at "Future Ready District Pledge," a new program from the U.S. Department of Education. The program seeks to encourage and support superintendents who commit to taking a leadership role in digital learning and wish to share their best practices with colleagues across the country. Click on the Headline for more information.