VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS

  • Virginia Regional Superintendents of the Year Recognized at VASS Spring Conference
  • Hampton Superintendent Jeff Smith Selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year
  • Jeff Smith receives Award for Outstanding Leadership as President of VASS
  • Secretary of Education Addresses VASS Members
  • VASS Professional Development Committee Recognized at Annual Conference
  • 2019 National Teacher of the Year Opens 2019 VASS Annual Conference
  • Big Question Conversation
  • 2019-20 VASS Officers
  • It's All About Equity
  • Significant Partner and Business Affiliate Support
  • Student Panel Discussion A Big Hit
  • Changing of the Guard
  • Virginia Regional Superintendents of the Year Recognized at VASS Spring Conference

    Eight Regional Superintendendents of the Year receive their awards at the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference (left to right): John Ferguson, Scott County Superintendent and Region VII Superintendent of the Year; John Busher, Botetourt County Superintendent and Region VI Superintendent of the Year; Andrea Whitmarsh, Greene County Superintendent and Region V Superintendent of the Year; Mike Gill, Hanover County Superintendent and Region I Superintendent of the Year; Jeff Smith, Hampton City Superintendent and Region II Superintendent of the Year; Scott Baker, Spotsylvania County Superintendent and Region III Superintendent of the Year; Peter Noonan, Falls Church City Superintendent and Region IV Superintendent of the Year; and Nancy Leonard, Charlotte County Superintendent and Region VIII Superintendent of the Year.
  • Hampton Superintendent Jeff Smith Selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year

    Jeffery Smith (center), Hampton City Superintendent and VASS President, is recognized as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year during the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.
  • Jeff Smith receives Award for Outstanding Leadership as President of VASS

    Superintendent of Hampton City Schools Jeff Smith (left) receives the VASS Award for Outstanding Leadership as the outgoing President of the organization from VASS Executive Director Ben Kiser (right).
  • Secretary of Education Addresses VASS Members

    Secretary of Education Atif Qarni addresses over 200 VASS members during the 2019 VASS Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in Roanoke.
  • VASS Professional Development Committee Recognized at Annual Conference

    Members of the VASS Professional Development Committee are recognized during the Annual Awards Luncheon for their outstanding work on the VASS Professional Development Strategic Plan and the program for the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference (left to right): Scott Kizner, Division Superintendent, Stafford County and At-Large Representative; Nancy Leonard, Division Superintendent, Charlotte County and Region VIII Representative; Mark Johnston, Division Superintendent, Shenandoah County and Region IV Representative; Laura Abel, Division Superintendent, Town of West Point and Region III Representative; Melinda Boone, Division Superintendent, Norfolk City and Region II Representative; Marcus Newsome, Division Superintendent, Petersburg City and Region I Representative; Amy Griffin, Division Superintendent, Cumberland County, VASS Secretary/Treasurer and Region VIII Chair; Doug Schuch, Division Superintendent, Bedford County and VASS President-elect; Rob Graham, Division Superintendent, Radford City and Region VII Representative; Gena Keller, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Learning, Virginia Department of Education and At-Large Representative; and Jeff Smith, Division Superintendent, Hampton City and VASS President. Gena Keller, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Learning, Virginia Department of Education and At-Large Representative
  • 2019 National Teacher of the Year Opens 2019 VASS Annual Conference

    2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson, who is a Richmond City Schools Social Studies teacher, greeted VASS members at the opening of the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.
  • Big Question Conversation

    Panelists prepare to discuss the relationship among equity, social-emotional learning and deeper learning during the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference. From left to right: Ithaca City School District Superintendent Luvelle Brown; Lynchburg City School Division Superintendent Crystal Edwards; Turnaround for Children Executive Director Michael Lamb; and Virginia Consortium for Student Learning Executive Director Pam Moran.
  • 2019-20 VASS Officers

    Newly elected VASS Officers (left to right) President Doug Schuch, Superintendent of Bedford County Schools; Secretary/Treasurer Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Schools; and President-elect Amy Griffin, Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools, hold a conversation on issues important to the organization as well as to their school divisions during the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.
  • It's All About Equity

    Stafford County Schools Superintendent Scott Kizner discuss how he addresses equity in his school division during his presentation at the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.
  • Significant Partner and Business Affiliate Support

    The 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference received $65,000 in support from 85 VASS Partners and Business Affiliate members such as VASS Senior Partner Moseley Architects whose representatives are featured here.
  • Student Panel Discussion A Big Hit

    The panel discussion by Virginia students on how talk to students about social-emotional learning was well received by the audience of superintendents and business representatives at the VASS Annual Spring Conference. Left to right: panel moderator and Superintendent of Ithaca City School District Luvelle Brown; Galax sophomore Emily Espinoza; Goochland sophomore 'Bibby' Raines; Chesapeake sophomore Aaliyah Freeman; Loudoun junior Alexandra Lopez; and Wise senior Jeffrey Hunsaker.
  • Changing of the Guard

    VASS President Jeff Smith (left) passes the gavel to incoming VASS President Doug Schuch (right) at the closing of the 2019 VASS Annual Spring Conference.

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  • Dr. Jeffery O. Smith named Virginia's Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Jeffery O. Smith named Virginia's Superintendent of the Year

    Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, Superintendent of Hampton City Schools, was named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year at the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) Annual Awards Luncheon today  in Roanoke.  He was selected by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 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, and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the President-elect of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

  • Eduquality Conference Set Stage for Improving Equity throughout Virginia

    Eduquality Conference Set Stage for Improving Equity throughout Virginia

    The VASS Spring Conference on “Eduquality” held May 5-7, 2019, in Roanoke, Va., featured inspirational speakers, engaging discussions, and a call to improve equity in every school division throughout the Commonwealth.

    Kicking off the conference was Rodney Robinson, the newly named 2019 National Teacher of the Year who teaches at the school inside the Richmond, Va., Juvenile Justice Center. He became a teacher to honor his mother and struggled to receive an education after being denied one as a child due to segregation and poverty in rural Virginia.

     

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  • Job Well Done!

    Job Well Done!
    Collective voices of Virginia division superintendents can be impactful within the right arena and with the right audience. Four outstanding Virginia superintendents had the opportunity to have their collective voices heard by the Virginia Board of Education during its Retreat on April 24, 2019. Dr. Brian Austin, Lee County, Dr. Melinda Boone, Norfolk City, Dr. Scott Brabrand, Fairfax County, and Dr. Kim Evans, Greensville County served on a panel to share perspectives on the Board’s work to propose changes to the Standards of Quality. Emphasis was placed on deeper learning, emotional well-being of students, every child having access to a quality Pre-K experience, continued efforts to having the high school diploma serve as a passport for life, pursuing a further reduction of standardized testing and enhancing performance assessments that more accurately reflect what students know and are able to do, and an ongoing effort to improve the accreditation process and how schools are evaluated and labeled. All of the superintendents recommended the State Board’s influence in having Virginia step up and increase its share of funding public education for all school divisions. Flexibility of funding allows division superintendents to direct funds toward the needs of children in their divisions, recognizing that not all have the same needs. Kudos to Dr. Austin, Dr. Boone, Dr. Brabrand, and Dr. Evans again for your advocacy. Job well done!
  • Four VASS Members Selected for Scholarships to Finland and Estonia

    Superintendent of Southampton County Schools Gwendolyn Shannon, Halifax County Schools Superintendent Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Richmond County Schools Greg Smith, and Hanover County Schools Superintendent Michael Gill have been selected to receive educational travel scholarships to Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia, July 6-12, 2019. The VASS members will have an opportunity to meet with the Finnish National Board of Education, visit local schools and interact with Finnish educators during their experience which is a comparative study of educational systems.  This is the fourth year in which this scholarship has been provided to VASS members by VASS Senior Associate Partner EF Education First.  Several superintendents have had great learning experiences in Europe through this program.

  • VASS Member Highlight

    Dr. Lisa Floyd, Director of Educational Services for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Services, and a VASS Member has created the video below that highlights the work she and her team are doing to move education services toward personalized learning.  Dr. Floyd is making tremendous progress in transforming the educational delivery for incarcerated students.  She is providing hope for students who traditionally may not have hope.  Enjoy the video.

     

    Click Here to View the Video

     

  • 2019 Superintendents’ Professional Conference

    The Region VIII Superintendents Study Group is pleased to announce that  the 2019 Superintendents’ Professional Conference will be held at Virginia Beach at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on September 29th – October 2nd, 2019.  You will be joined by other Superintendents across the Commonwealth as they are motivated by informative professional sessions.   This conference is for Superintendents only. Here is a link for additional information regarding registration and hotel stay: https://sites.google.com/view/2019-conference/home  Hope to see you there!

  • "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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