VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • Governor McAuliffe at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • First Lady Leads Panel Discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives
  • General Assembly Members Address Budget and Legislative Issues At Winter Conference
  • VASS Professional Learning Committee at Winter Conference
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • First Lady of Virginia at Annual Winter Conference
  • Past Presidents
  • Happy Hosts
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    VASS Officers, staff, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction pose for photo opportunity with Governor Northam during the recent 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference in Richmond. From left to right: VASS President Doug Schuch; VASS President-elect Amy Griffin; VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser; Virginia Governor Ralph Northam; VASS Legislative Liaison Tom Smith; Virginia State Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane; and VASS Legislative Consultant Laura Fornash.
  • Governor McAuliffe at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and Nasser Chanda, CEO of VASS Associate Partner Paymerang, participate in a Q&A session on cybersecurity in Virginia's public schools during the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • First Lady Leads Panel Discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives

    Virginia's First Lady Pamela Northam (middle) leads the panel discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives during the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference. From left to right: VASS President and panel moderator Doug Schuch; First Lady Pamela Northam; Deputy Secretary of Education Holly Coy; VDOE Chief School Readiness Officer Jenna Conway; Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins; and Wythe County Schools Superintendent Scott Jefferies.
  • General Assembly Members Address Budget and Legislative Issues At Winter Conference

    Members of the General Assembly discuss public education funding during the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference. From left to right: Senator Mark Peake; Delegate Lamont Bagby; and Delegate Roslyn Tyler.
  • VASS Professional Learning Committee at Winter Conference

    Members of the VASS Professional Learning Committee pose for a group photo during their recent meeting in Richmond during the Winter Conference. Back row from left to right: Region VII Representative Rob Graham; Region VI Representative Gene Kotulka; VASS President Doug Schuch; Region IV Representative Mark Johnston; VASS Superintendents Leadership Academy Director Marcus Newsome; Region V Representative Doug Straley; VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser. Front row from left to right: VASS Associate Executive Director Andy Stamp; Committee Co-chair Scott Kizner; At-Large Representative Gena Keller; Committee Co-chair Laura Abel; VASS President-elect Amy Griffin; Region V Chair Andrea Whitmarsh; VASS Past President Jeff Smith.
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Governor Northam (left) shares a light moment with VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (middle) and VASS Legislative Liaison Tom Smith (right) during the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • First Lady of Virginia at Annual Winter Conference

    VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (left) and First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam discuss Virginia's Early Childhoold Education Initiative during the Annual Winter Conference.
  • Past Presidents

    VASS Past Presidents Jennifer Parish, Superintendent of Poquoson City Schools, (left) and Jeff Smith, Superintendent of Hampton City Schools, at the Annual Winter Conference.
  • Happy Hosts

    2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference hosts VASBO Executive Director Steve Batesman (left) and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser enjoyed emceeing the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Winter Conference participants enjoyed themselves while participating in the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Westmoreland County Schools Superintendent Mike Perry (left) and VASS Director of the Superintendents Leadership Academy Marcus Newsome discuss budget issues at the Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Virginia Education Legislative Liaison Chris Whitley (left) and VASS Legislative Committee Chair David Sovine at the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Left to right: Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education Holly Coy, VASS President-elect Amy Griffin and VASS Board member Andrea Whitmarsh at the 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Wythe County Schools Superintendent Scott Jefferies (center) discusses his division's early childhoold education pilot program as Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins (left) and Virgnia State Board of Education member Francisco Duran (right) listen during an Annual Winter Conference panel discussion on early childhood education.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    Stephanie Lennon, who is in charge of Strategic Partnerships in Virginia at EF Education First a VASS Associate Partner, (left) and Stan Jones, Superintendent of Danville City Schools, take time out at the Winter Conference.
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference

    VASS President Doug Schuch (foreground) relaxes in between sessions at the VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference as VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (background) checks his script for the next event.

News and Announcements
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  • Blueprint for Achieving Equity in Virginia’s Public Schools

    Blueprint for Achieving Equity in Virginia’s Public Schools

    No issue is more urgent in public education than achieving and ensuring equity in student learning throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Equity is a multifaceted issue that reflects variability in both geographic location and student demographics across the Commonwealth as well as per pupil expenditures and students’ access to the full range of instructional content and programs essential to success after graduation, regardless of where a student lives. As leaders of public education, we must take a comprehensive approach to achieving and ensuring an equitable education for all students in Virginia so that race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special education status, learning ability level, family circumstances, culture, and gender identity are no longer predictors of success. The Commonwealth can achieve these systemic improvements by ensuring that all students have what they need, exactly when they need it, to be successful in school.  In order to accomplish this, we must be deliberate in providing the appropriate supports, removing barriers, creating needed learning environments, closing current gaps in opportunity, and changing the current level of educational funding that will ensure equitable opportunities for all students.

  • Blueprint for Achieving Equity in Virginia’s Public Schools - Button Link

    View the 2020 VASS Blueprint for Achieving Equity in Virginia’s Public Schools

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2020 VASS BLUEPRINT

     

  • VASS Announces First Cohort of Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy

    VASS is proud to introduce the First Cohort of the Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy (VSLA). Congratulations to these twelve superintendents who were recently accepted into the program. They are pioneers in a new and exciting Professional Learning Community, uniquely designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of Virginia superintendents.

  • Hopewell Superintendent named Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Hopewell Superintendent named Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Melody D. Hackney, Superintendent of Hopewell City Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year during the virtual Ceremony to Celebrate Virginia’s Superintendents held today by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.  She was selected from among eight regional finalists by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Presidents of the Virginia Board of Education, 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, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

  • 2020 VASS Superintendent of the Year Ceremony Video

    View the 2020 VASS Superintendent of the Year Ceremony

    Click Here to View the Ceremony

     

  • Don't Let It Happen Again

    Don't Let It Happen Again

    Well over ten years ago, our country went through a terrible recession, or, as some called it, an economic downturn.  The circumstances of that economic crisis are much different than what we are facing today, but some of the results are similar.  The impact on the national, state, and local spending plans during this pandemic is not yet fully understood, but it will not be good news.

  • How to Develop Scalable Remote Learning Plans

    How to Develop Scalable Remote Learning Plans

    There have been many studies done and books written on what it means to be a good leader; however, few to none took into account the current circumstances. In the face of such high levels of uncertainty, anxiety, inequity, and angst, it is understandable that many leaders believe they need to create a whole new playbook. In most cases, though, the opposite is true. Now more than ever, leadership should rely on what research and practice have shown to work. More specifically, leaders need to consider frameworks, goals, and mission statements that were in place pre-COVID-19 to determine which elements still work and which need modification. After all, effective leadership traits focused on student success inform the familiar frameworks that ensure equitable instruction for all students. These frameworks drive the contingencies (continue, adapt, preserve, monitor) that facilitate continuity of learning in unfamiliar circumstances.

  • Rethink Ed Equity and Inclusion Track for Adults & Students

    Rethink Ed Equity and Inclusion Track for Adults & Students

     

    VASS Associate Partner Rethink Ed’s new Rethink Ed Equity and Inclusion Track for Adults & Students is a digital, K-12, evidence-based SEL program that can be implemented in both online and in-classroom learning environments. Social Emotional Learning provides the necessary tools for interrupting systemic inequity in our schools by building strong, respectful relationships founded on an appreciation of similarities and differences. This curriculum teaches you how to critically examine the root causes of inequity and develop collaborative solutions that create the inclusive school environments that are key to ensuring educational equity for all students. 

  • Transforming Professional Practice in a Time of Crisis Through Scholarships

    Transforming Professional Practice in a Time of Crisis Through Scholarships

    EF Education First has partnered with Southern New Hampshire University over the past years to provide professional development opportunities for educators. This year, EF is proud to provide 500 scholarships for teachers across the United States in an exploratory course on distance learning. EF and SNHU recognize the past several months have been the truest form of professional development.  In this course, students reflect upon their efforts to support students and their school during the COVID-19 crisis. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which teachers transformed their curriculum, pedagogy, instruction, and collaboration with one another to ensure the continued delivery of K12 education.

  • An Individualized, Research-Based Math Solution to Accelerate Student Gains

    Achieve3000Math image2xEquitable, engaging, and proven successful, Achieve3000 Math offers a powerful experience to support math fluency and skills mastery. Similar to Achieve3000 Literacy, the solution delivers differentiated practice and intervention that closes knowledge gaps and builds confidence for all students, grades K to 12. 

  • Can You Afford To Go 3 Months Without A Paycheck?

    Can You Afford To Go 3 Months Without A Paycheck?

    Could you afford to go three months without a paycheck? It’s something no one wants to worry about. Talk to your Horace Mann representative about how disability income insurance could give you extra peace of mind.

  • Five Leadership Strategies to Emulate During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Five Leadership Strategies to Emulate During the COVID-19 Crisis

    With schools out, businesses closed, and many working from their living rooms, leaders across the country have quickly found ways to adapt to the new virtual environment. Change was forced during this unexpected pandemic, and for many leaders, this is the first time you’ve experienced a crisis like the one we’re in.  While savvy managers understand how to motivate and unite teams outside of a national disaster, leading during turbulent times presents new and unchartered challenges. You’ve heard the saying “As goes the leader, so goes the organization.” Because everything rises and falls on leadership, what must leaders do to keep people engaged and motivated during this pandemic? 

  • Governor Northam Joins VASS Members During Coronavirus Webinar

    Governor Northam Joins VASS Members During Coronavirus Webinar

    Governor Northam recently participated in State Superintendent James Lanes’ semi-weekly webinar on K12 education’s  response to the Coronavirus.  After reviewing Virginia’s Coronavirus status and his decisions to address the pandemic , Governor Northam thanked Virginia’s superintendents for their work during the crisis and asked for their questions.  James Lane had asked three VASS members and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser to provide comments and questions with respect to the state budget.   In prefacing their remarks all four speakers thanked the Governor for his outstanding leadership in addressing the Coronavirus.

  • VASS Budget and Federal Stimulus Recommendations for Governor Northam

    VASS Budget and Federal Stimulus Recommendations for Governor Northam

    During a recent webinar hosted by State Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane, VASS Secretary/Treasurer and Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand asked Governor Northam to make several considerations concerning state budget revenue and the spending of Federal stimulus funds.  Brabrand had been requested by James Lane to join VASS members Rosa Atkins and Keith Perrigan and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser in communicating K12 public education concerns to the Governor during the webinar. 

  • Coronavirus Information and Resources

    Click on the LINK BELOW to access VA DOE Coronavirus Information and Resources, communication and recommendations from VASS, and VASS Business Partner Resources to assist educators.

    CLICK HERE FOR CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

     

  • "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 purchasing decisions.


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VASS Buyers Guide

  • The VASS Buyers guide offers VASS members an efficient way to browse for goods and services for their divisions.

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

    The VASS Buyers Guide

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