1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Tom Murray Workshop: "From Schooling To Personalized Learning"
VASS and its co-sponsors are providing three free webinars this Spring. On March 23, VASS Legislative Liaison Tom Smith and VSBA Government Relations Coordinator Emily Webb will review the 2015 Virginia Legislative Session. On March 31, Dr. Mark Frost of TalentEd will examine best practices for protecting HR records. And on April 28, another TalentEd specialist, Dr. Lisa Andrejko, will focus on teacher performance data. Click on the Headline for complete information.
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has announced that Dr. Samuel T. King, the Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools, is among the first superintendents in the country--and the first superintendent in Virginia--to earn National Superintendent Certification through AASA. Dr. King was honored at AASA’s 150th Anniversary celebration in San Diego during the organization’s National Conference on Education in late February. Please click on the Headline to read more.
As a member of the Assessment and Accountability Roundtable, VASS backs the group's recommendation on the pending re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Click on the Headline for more.
Tom Smith, the VASS Legislative Liaison, is providing regular updates from the Winter 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly. Please click on the Headline or on the "Advocacy" tab for links to Dr. Smith's updates
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.
Dr. Patrick Murphy, the Superintendent of Arlington County Schools, was honored by the State Board of Education on Thursday, January 22, 2015, as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year. The ceremony also recognized and celebrated Dr. Murphy’s selection as one of four finalists nationally for the AASA Superintendent of the Year Award, which will be given in late February. Representatives of Arlington County Public Schools were present to support Dr. Murphy and his recognition by President Braunlich and Dr. Staples. VASS is proud of Dr. Murphy and his representation of Virginia. Click on the Headline for more.
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.