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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.
Resources and supporting material provided by presenters at the 2015 VASS Spring Conference are available through the links at the top of the column to your right.
After undergoing careful review and revision by superintendents and other education leaders in Virginia, "The New Blueprint for the Future of Public Education" was officially released to the public by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Making the announcement was Dr. Ben Kiser, the Executive Director of the organization. Dr. Kiser, joined by Associate Executive Director Andy Stamp and Legislative Liaison Tom Smith, discussed other policy issues as well at the broad-ranging press conference.Click on the links to the right to read the Blueprint and the Blueprint Executive Summary. Links to other news from the press conference are also to the right.
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.
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.