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  • Aaron Spence 2018 Virginia Superintendent Of The Year
  • 2018 Regional Superintendents Of The Year
  • VASS Keynote Gary Marx
  • Phil Worrell, Marcus Newsome And Kevin Castner
  • State Superintendent And VASS Board Of Directors
  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Leland Melvin With Photos Of JFK And MLK
  • Leland Melvin With Rosa Atkins
  • Linda Reviea And Gena Keller
  • Steve Staples
  • Jack McKinley Presents Ignite Session
  • Honeywell Vendors
  • Adam Saenz Conference Presenter
  • Christiansburg High School Choir
  • VASS Officers Jennifer Parish And Brian Ratliff
  • Aaron Spence 2018 Virginia Superintendent Of The Year

    Virginia Beach City Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence receives the the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year Award from VASS President Jennifer Parish (left) and VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (right).
  • 2018 Regional Superintendents Of The Year

    2018 Regional Superintendents of the Year, from left to right: Aaron Spence - Region II; Rick Clemons - Region III; Eric Jones - Region I; Dave Jeck - Region IV; Scott Brabrand - Region V; Jeff Perry - Region VII; Merle Herndon - Region VIII; and Bill Sroufe - Region VI.
  • VASS Keynote Gary Marx

    VASS Spring Conference Keynote Speaker Gary Marx discusses 21 trends in the world that affect education leadership.
  • Phil Worrell, Marcus Newsome And Kevin Castner

    VASS members Phil Worrell (left), Marcus Newsome (center), and Kevin Castner (right) take time out to catch up between Spring Conference sessions.
  • State Superintendent And VASS Board Of Directors

    The VASS Board of Directors, VASS Executive Director, and State Superintendent from left to right: Peter Noonan; James Lane; Deran Whitney; Robert Benson; Jack McKinley; Jared Cotton; Rosa Atkins; Steven Staples; Scott Kizner; Jeff Perry; Jennifer Parish; Brian Ratliff; and Ben Kiser
  • Jeffrey Smith

    David White (left), Jeff Smith (center) and Michael Perry (right) enjoy time together during a Spring Conference break.
  • Leland Melvin With Photos Of JFK And MLK

    Lynchburg native, former NFL football player and space shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin uses pictures of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King to emphasize leadership during his presentation at the 2017 Spring Conference.
  • Leland Melvin With Rosa Atkins

    Former NFL football player and astronaut Leland Melvin with former VASS President Rosa Atkins.
  • Linda Reviea And Gena Keller

    Retiring superintendents Linda Reviea and Gena Keller enjoy a light moment before the Spring Conference presentation, "Lead Like a Pirate."
  • Steve Staples

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples takes questions from the audience at the 2017 Spring Conference.
  • Jack McKinley Presents Ignite Session

    Region VIII Chair and Superintendent of Amelia County Schools Jack McKinley gives an inspiring presentation on listening to students during his motivational Ignite Session at the 2017 VASS Spring Conference.
  • Honeywell Vendors

    VASS Business Affiliate members from Honeywell International Joyce Colburn and Wayne Verlander man the Honeywell espresso station during the conference.
  • Adam Saenz Conference Presenter

    Adam Saenz, Psychologist and author of "The Power of A Teacher," gives a motivational talk on balancing life and well-being during the Spring Conference.
  • Christiansburg High School Choir

    Members of the Christiansburg High School Choir pose before their performance at the 2017 VASS Spring Conference.
  • VASS Officers Jennifer Parish And Brian Ratliff

    VASS President Jennifer Parish and VASS President-elect Brian Ratliff change the guard at the 2017 VASS Spring Conference.

News and Announcements
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  • 2017 VASS Annual Fall Conference Presentations

    Over 200 superintendents, guests, and business representatives took part in this year's VASS Fall Conference. Presentations are available using the following link: View Conference Presentations.

  • 2017 Gallup Poll finds 42% of superintendents engaged in their jobs…..

    These are the key findings of the Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents from Gallup’s recent report on Leadership Perspectives on Public Education:
     
    Forty-two percent of superintendents are engaged in their job, a significantly higher percentage than Gallup finds among U.S. workers nationally and on par with the 45% of workplace “leaders” (those who manage teams of managers). Engaged workers tend to be more productive, and their work leads to better outcomes for their organizations. Superintendents in city, suburban and larger districts tend to show higher levels of work engagement.
     
    Superintendents are most likely to believe their greatest challenges are improving the academic performance of underprepared students, the effects of poverty on student learning and budget shortfalls. Compared with 2013, far fewer regard rising demands for assessment from the state and federal level and revamping curriculum as challenges.  Superintendents were most likely to name rising assessment demands as a challenge in 2013, but now it is a mid-range concern for them…….
     
  • Global Citizens Scholarship Program for Virginia Students

    VASS Partner EF Education First’s Global Citizens Scholarship Program is open to ANY high school student grades 9-11.  Recipients will earn a free trip to EF’s technology-focused Global Leadership Summit in Berlin, Germany next July where they will collaborate with other young passionate leaders to design solutions for the evolving technological landscape as well as compete to have those solutions featured in Stockholm’s Nobel Museum. The deadline for applications is November 1.  Two years ago, Virginia had a scholarship winner from Amelia County High School.   Please share this link with your school counselors, IB coordinators, and SCA sponsors:    http://www.eftours.com/global-citizen
     
  • VASCD 2017 Southwest Conference: Performance Assessment at Its Best

    Virginia teachers are making greater use of performance-based assessments, but how do we know if we're doing it well? Join Kristina Doubet at VASCD's Annual Southwest Conference to learn how Virginia has defined the qualities of effective performance assessment and how to apply them in your own classroom. Bring your own performance assessment or use one of our examples. We will use the Virginia Department of Education's Criteria for Quality Performance-Based Assessments to analyze and revise our assessments so they are the best they can be!    Register here
  • VASS Offers New Communications Consulting Service to Division Members

    VASS Offers New Communications Consulting Service to Division Members

    VASS has joined with Hunter Communications, led by former Fairfax Public Schools communications chief Barbara Hunter, to create "Communication Counselors on Call." This on-demand service, available to all VASS member divisions, gives superintendents up to two hours of free consultation on a broad range of communication challenges, including bond referendum campaigns, community engagement strategies, publications, Freedom of Information Act requests, crisis responses, speechwriting, and media relations.

  • Aaron Spence is the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Aaron Spence is the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Aaron C. Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday in Roanoke. The leaders of seven Virginia education organizations and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction selected him from among eight regional finalists.

  • Eight Superintendents Give Ignite Presentations During 2017 Spring Conference

    Superintendent representatives from each of the eight regions made brief Ted Talk-like presentations during the VASS Annual Spring Conference on what motivates them to do their challenging jobs on a daily basis.

  • "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.


Key Resources

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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