At the outset of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders are convening in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 15-17, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, released its sixth annual salary study to benchmark superintendent compensation and benefits.
The report, 2017 Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study, was released in two versions: a full version for AASA members, and an abridged version for wider circulation.
“This study remains a crucial way to examine how superintendents are compensated for their leadership,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We are thrilled to have six years of this data to best support superintendents and other educators aspiring to become superintendents. We know how important every community’s public schools are and how critical strong leadership is in these systems.”
Patrick County Superintendent Bill Sroufe, whose upbringing was one of neglect and poverty as well as physical and sexual abuse, has written an inspiring story about how one teacher helped him find the courage to rise above the chaos and evil in his life to create one with purpose and triumph. In his book Everyone Needs a Mrs. Bailey, Bill shares how we can all become champions for the children in our care.
Bill undertook the writing of his book after an encounter with former astronaut Leland Melvin when they were both presenters at a professional conference. Bill’s presentation was to be about the impact of teachers, specifically how his life was changed by his 6th grade math teacher, Mrs. Bailey. When he told Leland his story, Leland promptly changed his own
VASS and VA DOE are sponsoring a one-day workshop on Mastering Performance Assessments presented by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis on March 7 at the Hampton Embassy Suites and Convention Center. The workshop is a sequel to VASS-VDOE PBA workshops presented by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis, but it does not require participants to have attended those previous events.
IT IS NO SECRET that the nation is dealing with a shortage of teachers.
Compounding this problem is the complex nature of some preparation programs that are riddled with unnecessary credits. They are an institutional barrier for motivated candidates to enter the teaching profession.
More problematic for states is the sheer number of teacher shortages in key subject areas.
A recent study from the Virginia Department of Education found 10 areas with critical teaching shortages in the commonwealth: special education, elementary education (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade), middle education (sixth through eighth grades), career and technical education, mathematics (sixth through 12th grades, including Algebra I),
The Great Bridge High School football team deserves a better stadium. So does the Deep Creek High School football team. I also think the Western Branch track needs to be replaced, as well as the “new” Grassfield High School track, and probably more tracks at our middle and high schools.
But let’s look at why that has not been done. I have spoken and written many times about the importance of providing adequate public school funding for our school divisions’ needs. The state doesn’t provide any money for capital needs to school divisions. That funding falls completely on each locality.
Our city has provided funding for some of our outstanding
The VASS Professional Development Committee met last month in Richmond to begin its development of a strategic plan for the organization’s professional development program. Several members of the committee discussed the current status of the organization’s professional development and did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis which was facilitated by VASS Communications Consultant Barbara Hunter.
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.
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