The conference, which runs from noon on January 13 through the mid-morning of January 14 at the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Hotel, features presentations and break-out sessions on education-related budget and policy matters that the Virginia General Assembly is expected to take up during the 2016 Legislative Session. State division superintendents and other public education leaders in Virginia will find much to value in this conference. Click on the Headline or on the link under 2015 – 2016 Events to your right for details, including registration and hotel information, a list of presenters, and a conference schedule.
At a meeting on November 19, 2015, VASS membership approved the legislative positions that the organization intends to advocate at the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Focusing on budget and funding as well as assessment and accountability, the VASS position statement was fashioned to reflect the needs and priorities of Virginia’s public school divisions across the state. To view the position statement, click on the Headline above or on the link under Key Resources to the left.
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.
In his address to more than 100 superintendents from school divisions across Virginia, the governor offered his views on financial and policy issues that are paramount to public educators in the state. The conference, held in Charlottesville, also featured presentations and break-out sessions on a broad spectrum of issues of interest to Virginia’s superintendents and numerous opportunities for formal and informal networking. To read more about this year’s version of the annual must-attend event, click on the headline.
Resources provided by presenters at the 2015 VASS Fall Conference are available through the link under the "2015 - 2016 Events" heading to your right or the first link under the Professional Development menu heading at the top of this page.
You can access them through the link to your right or the link under "Professional Development" above.
Earlier this year, VASS Associate Partner Forecast5 Analytics conducted a survey of Virginia’s schools divisions that asked for responses to a series of budget-related questions. Key data from that survey can now be found through the link under “Key Resources” to your left or by clicking on the Headline.
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 is interested in receiving applications from retired superintendents, former superintendents, and others with experience at the management or policy level in public education to serve as consulants to school divisions who seek reviews of their programs and systems. Paid on a "fee for service" basis, VASS consultants work under the umbrella of the Educational Services Review Program, led by VASS staffer Tom Smith. To learn more about the open position in particular or the ESR Program in general, click on the relevant links at the top of the Job Postings category to your left or click on the Services tab above.
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.
Veteran Virginia educator Pam Moran, now the leader of Albemarle County Schools, was honored at the VASS Spring Conference as the 2015 Virginia Superintendent of the Year. She was feted along with the other eight Regional Superintendents of the Year at the VASS Annual Awards Banquet on May 5. Click on the headline for more about Dr. Moran and the other award winners.
Events in the coming year include professional development workshops by Dan Mulligan, a summit on alternative assessments, the 2015 Fall Conference, and the 2016 Spring Conference. Event dates and locations can be found on the calendar to your left or in the "2015 - 2016 Events" section to your right.
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.