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.
The new state guidelines for local assessments will go into effect this fall. If you are a superintendent, school board member, administrator, or instructional leader, you will want to attend the VASS September 23rd workshop, "Implementing the New Local Assessment Guidelines." Featuring a keynote by State Superintendent Steven Staples as well as a panel discussion and break-out sessions conducted by both state and national experts, the workshop will deepen your understanding of the new guidelines in particular and broaden your knowledge of assessment strategies in general. Click on the Headline or the link to your right for details and registration information.
VASS favorite Dr. Dan Mulligan will present a new workshop, "Achieving and Surpassing MATH K - 12 AMO This Year," in Richmond on October 2. Drawing on the latest research into high-stakes assessment tools, Dr. Mulligan will offer participants a host of state-of-the-art, research-based resources for improving student achievement on the Virginia Mathematics SOL and other standardized tests. If you are a K - 12 Math teacher or school administrator, you will not want to miss this action-packed approach to developing innovative content and pedagogical techniques for the classroom. Participate in this workshop and you'll be certain to take away with you valuable new resources to add to your educator's toolkit. Click on the Headline or the link to your right for details and registration information.
Are you a division superintendent, key school administrator, or instructional leader? If so, you will want to join your colleagues for a VASS workshop co-sponsored by Discovery Education, “Leading the Way in STEM.” Featuring a keynote address by Cindy Moss, the Director of Global STEM Education for Discovery Education, the workshop will blend formal presentations on the STEM movement nationally with break-out sessions focused on innovative new strategies for implementing STEM programs in Virginia schools. Spend the day sharing ideas and insights with national experts and Virginia educators committed to developing effective STEM programs and you will return to the classroom with a host of new ways to deepen and broaden the educational experience of your students. Click on the Headline or the link to your right for details and registration information.
Virginia superintendents (both active and retired) and their official designees will not want to miss this year’s VASS Annual Fall Conference. Featuring presentations from key figures in Virginia politics and public policy as well as panel discussions and break-out sessions, the conference will focus in particular on alternative assessments but will also cover a broad range of other issues of importance to Virginia educators. Formal professional development activities will be blended with a variety of social and cultural events that will provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their colleagues better and experience the many attractions of Charlottesville and its charming environs. Click on the Headline or the link to the right 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.
The new Executive Director of VASS, Ben Kiser, represented VASS on the Teacher Career Ladder Committee on Friday, July 18. The committee was empowerd by legislation enacted during the 2014 General Assembly. Click on the Headline for more information.
More than thirty members of the Governor's SOL Innovation Committee met for the first time on July 15 to begin the process of developing recommendations for the revision of Virginia's assessment and accountability system. Click on the headline for highlights and details.