• VASS SPEAKS OUT FOR FLEXIBILITY AND INNOVATION IN LOCAL ASSESSMENTS AT BOE MEETING

    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.

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  • DR. DAN WANTS TO HELP YOU MEET YOUR MATH AMO . . . THIS YEAR!

    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.

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  • VASS WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATION LEADERS EXPLORES NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN STEM

    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.

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  • VSUP SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    The Virginia School University Partnership (VSUP), a professional non-profit organization serving numerous Virginia school divisions, is searching for a new leader to spearhead its professional development efforts. The part-time position involves the management of several programs, including a robust schedule of conferences for Virginia educators, a Test Item Bank, a Global Studies Initiative, an Annual Student Leadership Conference, and a Professional Communities of Practice for educators. The executive director will also have supervisory and budgetary duties. The application deadline is November 1, and the expected starting date is December 1. Click on the Headline for more information on experience required, salary, and other duties.

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  • DOE OFFERS DIGITAL SUPPORT

    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.

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  • STANFORD CENTER OFFERS ONLINE COURSE ON PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS

    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.

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  • VASS FALL CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO VIRGINIA EDUCATORS

    Virginia superintendents (both active and retired) and their official designees will not want to miss this year’s VASS Annual 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.

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  • JOIN DR. DAN IN ASSESSING ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENTS

    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.

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  • KISER TARGETS ASSESSMENTS AT MATHEWS CONVOCATION

    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.

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