VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

  • Regional Superintendents of the Year of Virginia
  • Virginia Superintendent of the Year Jared Cotton
  • The Leadership of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents
  • Virginia First Lady Mrs. Northam and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser
  • VASS Staff and 2018 Board of Directors
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS-VASBO Winter Conference
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference

    Travis Staton (right), President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Southwest Virginia, discusses the United Way's Ignite Program in which hundreds of SW Virginia students are being provided workforce skill development opportunities. VASS President-elect Doug Schuch (left) moderated the panel discussion on workforce skill development programs around the state.
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference

    VASS members discuss what they are doing in their divisions to address the Profile of a Virginia Graduate during the 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference.
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference

    Political pundit Bob Holsworth entertains VASS members with his prognostications for the 2018 state and national elections.
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference

    Left to right: Senator George Barker, Senator Mark Peake, Delegate Lamont Bagby, and Delegate Steve Landes share their views on important education legislative issues that will be addressed by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2019 Legislative Session.
  • 2018 VASS Annual Fall Conference

    Thirty one companies are currently VASS Partners contributing from $5,000 to $15,000 each to suppport the organization.

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  • Region 3 Superintendents Receive Legislative Update

    Region 3 Superintendents Receive Legislative Update

    At their regular meeting on November 1, 2018, Region 3 superintendents received a thorough legislative briefing from Tom Smith and discussed a number of topics including dual enrollment, shortage of qualified teachers, student discipline, alternative student assessments, and the state budget. Superintendents also heard an update from VDOE’s Shelly Loving-Ryder and had an opportunity to debrief the recent VASS Fall Conference and the Teacher Retention Summit.

  • Workforce Development a Key Focus of 2018 VASS Legislative Conference

    Experts were both on stage and in the audience at VASS’ Legislative Conference held on Oct. 21-23 in Charlottesville, Va., as attendees took an in-depth look at workforce development issues. Kicking off the conference were VBOE President Daniel Gecker and State Superintendent James Lane, who noted that today’s employers are asking for graduates to be self-directed and have a growth mindset.

    Regional breakout discussions of programs throughout the state showcased the depth and breadth of career prep opportunities and gave superintendents a chance to share their division’s successes. Small group discussions by division size provided the opportunity for superintendents to share their initiatives around Profile of a Graduate and other academic programs.

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  • Collaborative Workshop on Performance Assessments a Big Success

    Collaborative Workshop on Performance Assessments a Big Success

    One hundred eight elementary, middle and high school administrators attended the recent workshop on performance assessments presented by Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis. The workshop was Part I of a collaborative effort by VASS, VAESP, and VASSP to provide principals and assistant principals with an understanding of what constitutes quality performance assessments, how they are used to inform good instruction, and how to support teachers in their development and use in the classroom. Part II of “Understanding and Supporting the Development of Performance Assessments for Elementary and Secondary School Administrators” will be held on February 7, 2019 at the Hilton Short Pump.

  • VASS Members Gain National Perspectives at Personalized Learning Conference

    VASS Members Gain National Perspectives at Personalized Learning Conference

    Six VASS members recently attended the EdSurge Fusion Conference in San Francisco courtesy of travel subsidies by VASS, VaSCL and VADOE. Andrea Whitmarsh, Region 5 Chair and Superintendent of Greene County Schools; Bill Sroufe, Region 6 Chair and Superintendent of Patrick County Schools; Ken Nicely, Superintendent of Roanoke County Schools; Mark Church, Superintendent of Franklin County Schools; Cecil Snead, Superintendent of Orange County Schools; and Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Halifax County Schools attended three days of small group discussions and general session presentations by excellent speakers which focused on personalized learning and the development of the whole child. The superintendents gained insights on personalized learning from others around the country and they had many opportunities to meet as a group with national education leaders. Andrea Whitmarsh, Bill Sroufe and Ken Nicely shared what they learned during the 3:15 pm breakout session at the VASS Fall Conference on October 22. Also joining the Virginia delegation were VASS members Pam Moran and Gena Keller and VASS Associate Executive Director Andy Stamp. Pam Moran was a presenter at the conference. This may be the first of other superintendent cohort groups to be sent to the EdSurge conference each year.

  • New State Superintendent Addresses VASS Board Members at Recent Meeting

    New State Superintendent Addresses VASS Board Members at Recent Meeting

    New State Superintendent Dr. James Lane was welcomed by the VASS Board of Directors at its meeting on August 24, 2018, where he shared his priorities for the coming school year. Among his priorities will be working to make the current school improvement process a more effective way to achieve school quality as well as supporting the state’s emphasis on early childhood education. Other priorities will be focused on teacher shortage and retention, school safety, and re-alignment of the VDOE for efficiency and effectiveness. Pledging to wear a superintendent hat with every decision that he considers, Dr. Lane said he looked forward to continuing to work with VASS to improve public education.

  • Region 2 Superintendents Express Desire for VDOE Guidance on Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation Makeup Days

    Region 2 Superintendents Express Desire for VDOE Guidance on Mandatory Hurricane Evacuation Makeup Days

    At their regular meeting on October 3, 2018, Region 2 superintendents shared their desire to have guidance from VDOE on how to handle makeup days as a result of the mandatory hurricane evacuation imposed when Hurricane Florence threatened the safety of residents in the Hampton Roads area. VDOE Deputy Superintendent Kent Dickey fielded questions on that topic as well as on the new accreditation rating indicators. In addition, Region 2 superintendents heard from ODU Dean Jane Bray and Interim Associate Dean for Educator Prep Maggie Barber on the school’s progress in developing a four-year undergraduate teacher licensure program, which shortens the path to teaching by a year.

  • 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.

  • "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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