Sponsored jointly by VASS, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia School-University Partnership, and the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Virginia Alternative Assessment Summit will take place at the Hotel Roanoke on October 5 & 6, 2015. Featuring presentations by state and national education leaders, the Summit will provide practitioners and policy-makers with new resources to enhance their understanding of alternative assessments. Click on the Headline for more information.
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.
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.
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.
Links to the resources provided by speakers and presenters at the 2015 VASS Spring Conference are available in the "Key Resources" section to your left.
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.
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.