Arlington Public Schools announces an
opening for the position of Supervisor of World Languages in
the Department of Instruction, effective immediately. This
is a twelve-month administrative and supervisory position,
Grade P-15, with a salary range of $92,203 to $136,483. Click here for more.
Speaking on behalf of the Virginia Assessment and Accountability Roundtable, David Ellena, the principal at Tomahawk Middle School and the president of VASSP, told the SOL Innovation Committee that the Roundtable was supportive of all of committee’s recommendations for education reform in Virginia—but that in addition, the Roundtable recommended eliminating all compulsory SOL assessments not mandated by federal law. Click on the Headline for more.
Drawing on both his personal experience in public school environments and VASS’s official position on the issue, Tom Smith supported the VASS/VSBA letter about the Study of Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools in response to the Commission’s request for public comment. Click on the Headline for more.
At the September 18 Virginia Board of Education meeting, VASS President-elect Rosa Atkins, VASS Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer Parish, and VASS Legislative Co-chair Scott Kizner made remarks in favor of the proposed revisions to the Guidelines for Local Alternative Assessments. All three VASS members expressed their support for the provisions in the guidelines for flexibility and innovation in the development and application of local alternative assessments. Click on the Headline to read more.
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.
Teachers in grades 6 - 12 will want to take a look at an exciting new MOOC presented by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE): “Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Develop Performance Assessments for the Common Core.” Work individually or collaboratively with school colleagues to develop a performance task and implement it in your classroom. Click on the Headline for more information.
Come in out of the winter cold for Dr. Dan Mulligan’s action-packed, hands-on presentation for teachers in all subject areas (grades 3 – 8), instructional leaders, and administrators: “Designing Performance-Based Assessments to Meet the New State Guidelines.” The February 12 workshop will feature an in-depth evaluation of current research into performance-based assessments as well as practical activities designed to involve you and your workshop colleagues in reviewing and rating a wealth of different assessment strategies and rubrics. The day will be punctuated by the development of concrete ideas for implementing performance-based assessments that are grounded in the Virginia SOLs. Click on the Headline or the link to your right for more information.
Speaking at the opening convocation for Mathews County Public Schools, Dr. Ben Kiser, the Executive Director of VASS, said that education faces a critical moment in time. “Our energies to redirect the conversations away from test data and more toward children will not happen overnight,” observed Kiser, who served as the superintendent of Gloucester County Schools before taking on the leadership of VASS. “But it will happen. The stars are aligned for reasonable discussion about public education in Virginia.” Click on the Headline for the full story.