VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

  • Regional Superintendents of the Year of Virginia
  • Virginia Superintendent of the Year Jared Cotton
  • Teaching with a Passion
  • What Makes a Great Teacher
  • Students Ignite
  • What Every Virginia Graduate Must Know and Be Able To Do
  • It's a Bird....It's a Plane....It's Super Intendent!
  • Adios!
  • The Leadership of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents
  • Virginia First Lady Mrs. Northam and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser
  • Dr. Laura Jana Speaks at VASS Annual Spring Conference
  • Stephen Chang at VASS
  • Acting State Superintendent Constantino Makes Impressive Presentation
  • Wrapping Your Head Around Wrap-Around Services
  • Engaging Conversation
  • VASS Staff and 2018 Board of Directors
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • Regional Superintendents of the Year of Virginia

    Regional Superintendents of the Year of Virginia (from right to left): Region I – David A. Myers, Division Superintendent, New Kent County; Region II – Jennifer Parish, Division Superintendent, Poquoson City; Region III – Robert B. Benson, Division Superintendent, King George County; Region VI – Jared A. Cotton, Division Superintendent, Henry County; Region V – Doug Schuch, Division Superintendent, Bedford County; Region IV – David T. Sovine, Division Superintendent, Frederick County; Region VII – Brian C. Ratliff, Division Superintendent, Washington County; and Region VIII – Amy Griffin, Division Superintendent, Cumberland County
  • Virginia Superintendent of the Year Jared Cotton

    Henry County School Superintendent Jared Cotton (center) is presented with the Virginia Superintendent of the Year award by VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (left) and VASS President Brian Ratliff (right) at the VASS Annual Spring Conference
  • Teaching with a Passion

    Michelle Cottrell-Williams, 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year and Social Studies Teacher, Wakefield High School, Arlington County Public Schools, presents a five minute Ignite Session on "What Motivates Me to Continue Teaching" at the 2018 VASS Annual Spring Conference
  • What Makes a Great Teacher

    Chris Jones, a Petersburg High School Senior and the school's football team captain who was recently offered a full scholarship to UVA, talks about what makes a great teacher at the VASS Annual Spring Conference
  • Students Ignite

    Osbourn High School Senior Gladys Gonzalez, who plans to pursue a Music Education degree from Liberty University, shares her views about what makes a great teacher with over 320 participants at the VASS Spring Conference
  • What Every Virginia Graduate Must Know and Be Able To Do

    Superintendent members in Region IV discuss how they will meet the new state requirements in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate during the Spring Conference
  • It's a Bird....It's a Plane....It's Super Intendent!

    Jack McKinley (right), Amelia County Superintendent and Member of the VASS Board of Directors, hams it up with one of the VASS Business Partners during the VASS Annual Spring Conference
  • Adios!

    Retiring VASS members share their elation during their recognition at the Spring Conference for their years of service to public education. From left to right: Jim Roberts, Division Superintendent, Chesapeake City; Cathy Magouyrk, Division Superintendent, Manassas City; Brenda Tanner, Division Superintendent, Orange County; and Pam Moran, Division Superintendent, Albemarle County
  • "The Young Turks" (Now Older and Wiser)

    From left to right: Moseley Architects President & CEO Stewart Roberson; VASS Associate Executive Director Andy Stamp; Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Staples; and Former President of the Virginia Board of Education Billy Cannaday celebrate Steve Staples' retirement from the State Superintendent position during the VASS Annual Spring Conference. All began serving VASS at the same time in the early 90's. Stamp had named Roberson, Staples and Cannaday, who were division superintendents at the time, "The Young Turks" for their innovative leadership in the organization and the state.
  • The Leadership of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents

    VASS Officers from left to right: Incoming VASS President-elect Doug Schuch; Incoming VASS Secretary/Treasurer Amy Griffin; VASS Past President Jennifer Parish; Incoming VASS President Jeff Smith; Outgoing VASS President Brian Ratliff
  • Virginia First Lady Mrs. Northam and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser

    Virginia First Lady Mrs. Northam and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser discuss the First Lady's Pre-K Initiative during the VASS Spring Conference
  • Dr. Laura Jana Speaks at VASS Annual Spring Conference

    Dr. Laura Jana, a reknowned pediatrician, health communicator and award-winning author, discusses her latest book The Toddler Brain at the Spring Conference
  • Stephen Chang at VASS

    Stephen Chang, Managing Director of the National Equity Project, delivers an engaging presentation on equality and equity in public education during the Spring Conference
  • Acting State Superintendent Constantino Makes Impressive Presentation

    Acting State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Constantino gives a dynamic presentation on leadership for deeper learning during the VASS Spring Conference
  • Wrapping Your Head Around Wrap-Around Services

    Leigh Colburn, Founder of the Centergy Project, discusses wrap-around services with superintendents to help them meet their students basic needs
  • Engaging Conversation

    Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni (left) engages with VASS Annual Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Ravi Hutheesing (right) about the leadership qualities of Millennials in public education
  • VASS Staff and 2018 Board of Directors

    Members of the VASS Staff and 2018 Board of Directors from left to right: Tom Smith, VASS Education Legislative Liaison; Jared Cotton, Region VI Chair; Peter Noonan, Region IV Chair; Terry Arbogast, Region VII Chair; Rob Benson, Region III Chair; Scott Kizner, Region V Chair; Doug Schuch, VASS Secretary/Treasurer; Jennifer Parish, VASS Past President; Jeff Smith, VASS President-elect; Andy Stamp, VASS Associate Executive Director; Brian Ratliff, VASS President; and Ben Kiser, VASS Executive Director
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    Governor Northam (left) and VASS President-elect Jeffery Smith (right) at VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference

    VASS President Brian Ratliff (left), VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (center), and Governor Northam (right) share a light moment before the Governor's speech at the VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference.

News and Announcements
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  • Henry County Superintendent Selected Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Henry County Superintendent Selected Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Jared A. Cotton, Superintendent of Henry County Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday in Roanoke. He was selected by the Acting State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a member of the Virginia State Board of Education, and the Presidents of the Virginia Education Association, the Virginia Parent and Teacher Association, the Virginia School Boards Association, the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.

  • Chesapeake Superintendent Jim Roberts’ Response to Virginian Pilot Editorial

    Chesapeake Superintendent Jim Roberts’ Response to Virginian Pilot Editorial

    I was very pleased to see the editorial by Gordon Morse in Sunday’s Virginian Pilot. Virginia is slipping on funding for schools; in fact, it may have hit rock bottom.

    Over the past eight years, I have shared the same message to stakeholders in Chesapeake: We are now in a funding crisis in public education. We continue for the 10th straight year to deal with revenues that have not been restored. The economy has largely recovered, yet state funding reduced in 2009-2010, particularly in support positions, has not been restored. Although dedicated lottery funding has been restored to some extent, sixty percent of lottery funds are still being used to supplant the general fund (tax dollars). State funding to public education as a whole is still below the 2008/2009 levels

  • VASS Keynote Speaker Ravi Hutheesing Provides Special Offer to Virginia School Divisions

    VASS Keynote Speaker Ravi Hutheesing Provides Special Offer to Virginia School Divisions

    Ravi Hutheesing, who recently presented on “Disrupting Education under Millennial Leadership” at the VASS Annual Spring Conference, lives near Charlottesville. He has expressed an interest in working more closely with Virginia school divisions by giving convocation speeches and facilitating interaction between Virginia students and their peers through his Ravi Unites Schools global exchange network. Both the convocation speech and online student interaction opportunity are available to Virginia school divisions at a discounted rate through generous sponsorship. The cost is $6,900.00 per division for the first three contracts. The offer represents more than 50% off his keynote fee, is limited to Virginia, and applies only to 2018 convocations. If you are interested, please contact Ravi directly at Ravi@RaviUnites.com or 202-838-7088.

  • Members in the News: Jeff Smith and Jared Cotton Showcase Career Path Programs in State Symposium

    Members in the News:  Jeff Smith and Jared Cotton Showcase Career Path Programs in State Symposium

    Jeff Smith, VASS President-elect and Superintendent of Hampton City Schools and Jared Cotton, Region VI Chair and Representative to the VASS Board of Directors and Superintendent of Henry County Schools, recently served as members of two key panels at the state Symposium on Strengthening the Pipeline from School to Work. The symposium, which was held at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, was organized by State Board of Education member Anne Holton who also serves as a Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government. Both Smith and Cotton discussed how they transformed schools in their divisions to better prepare their students for the world of work and they shared specific strategies for creating work-based learning opportunities and promoting career awareness.

  • 2018 Superintendents Professional Conference

    The 2018 Superintendents Professional Conference will be held at the Sheraton Ocean Front Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA, on September 30 - October 3, 2018. Mark your calendar now and spread the word!  

    For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/2018superintendent/

  • VASS Testifies on Amended Bill for State Performance Assessment in History

    VASS Testifies on Amended Bill for State Performance Assessment in History

    Five VASS members recently attended a House Education Subcommittee meeting to testify on behalf of an amendment to Senator Newman’s SB 969 which reversed the State Board’s actions to allow a locally developed performance assessment to be used in place of the current SOL test to earn a verified credit in high school history and social science. SB 969 explicitly prohibited the use of a locally developed performance assessment from being used.

    The amendment, which was supported by Senator Newman, was seen as a compromise in that it required the state to develop and score a performance assessment in high school history for a verified credit rather than having it done locally. VASS Past President and Poquoson City Schools Superintendent Jennifer Parish, VASS Board Member and Harrisonburg City Schools Superintendent Scott Kizner, VASS Legislative Chair and Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine, Salem City Schools Superintendent Alan Seibert and Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Amy Griffin were prepared to testify against SB 969 had the amendment not been offered. Due to the more positive language in the amended bill, only Jennifer Parish made remarks in support of the change. The subcommittee voted to pass the amended bill.

  • "VASS Buyers Guide" is Now Online

    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 


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    The companies that support VASS through business memberships are highlighted in the guide.

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