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  • VASS thanks our Business Senior Partners
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • Governor McAuliffe at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • VASS Thanks our Business Partners and Senior Associate Partners
  • First Lady Leads Panel Discussion on Virginia's Early Childhood Education Initiatives
  • General Assembly Members Address Budget and Legislative Issues At Winter Conference
  • VASS Thanks Our Associate Partners For Their Generous Support
  • VASS Professional Learning Committee at Winter Conference
  • Governor Northam at VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • First Lady of Virginia at Annual Winter Conference
  • VASS Thanks All Of Our Business Partners For Their Generous Support
  • Past Presidents
  • Happy Hosts
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • VASS Thanks All Of Our Business Partners For Their Generous Support
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • VASS Thanks Our Business Partners For Their Generous Support
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • 2020 VASS/VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • VASS thanks our Business Senior Partners

    VASS Senior Partners: Amazon Business, American Fidelity, Crisis Go, Forcast 5 Analytics, Horace Mann, & Moseley Architects
  • 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.
  • VASS Thanks our Business Partners and Senior Associate Partners

    VASS Partner: Pierce Group, and VASS Senior Associate Partners: Dreambox Learning, Edgenuity, RRMM Architects, & ST Math
  • 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 Thanks Our Associate Partners For Their Generous Support

    VASS thanks all of our Associate Partners for their support of public education in Virginia. Learn more about how our VASS Partners can help school divisions by clicking their logo to the left and visiting their websites.
  • 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.
  • VASS Thanks All Of Our Business Partners For Their Generous Support

    VASS thanks all of our Business Partners for their support of public education in Virginia. Check out VASS News and Announcements to find out about current offerings to school divisions by VASS Business Partners.
  • 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.
  • VASS Thanks All Of Our Business Partners For Their Generous Support

    VASS thanks all of our Business Partners for their support of public education in Virginia. Visit the Coronavirus Information and Resources page to learn more about the goods and services Partners are providing to address school division needs during the pandemic.
  • 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.
  • VASS Thanks Our Business Partners For Their Generous Support

    VASS thanks all of our Business Partners for their support of public education in Virginia. Visit the Partner Resources page to view Videos on products and services that support school divisions.
  • 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.

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  • Introducing Cohort 2 of the VSLA

    VASS is proud to introduce Cohort 2 of the Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy (VSLA). Congratulations to our superintendents who were recently accepted into the program. They are positioned to continue the outstanding development of the VASS VSLA, an exclusive Professional Learning Community, uniquely designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of Virginia superintendents.

    VSLA is a 12-month competency-based training program designed for current Virginia superintendents who desire to serve as leading change agents through innovation and deeper learning in their school division. The Academy bases its curriculum on the acquisition of leadership competencies identified in the Profile of a Virginia Leader, which was presented to the Virginia Board of Education in July 2020. There are a number of superintendent academies throughout the country; however, the VASS VSLA is the only academy uniquely designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of Virginia superintendents. Participants who successfully complete VSLA requirements will receive a Certificate of Recognition from VASS, and from the Governor, as well as recertification points for their licensure renewal.

    Participation in the VSLA is a significant investment in personal and professional growth, providing participants with the opportunity to institutionalize lessons learned within their own school divisions that lead to student success. The academy is structured around a series of in-person and virtual meetings, and each participant completes a Capstone Project, which is focused on a contemporary problem of practice. Participants are each assigned an Executive Coach—a current or recently retired superintendent, whose primary responsibility is to help support the superintendent and facilitate their Capstone Project. During the year-long program, participants examine, analyze, and investigate approaches to innovation, deeper learning, and engagement for superintendents as lead change agents who demonstrate outstanding instructional leadership and address the needs of increasingly diverse student populations through the lens of equity for all students.

  • Supporting Students with Dyslexia

    Learn about how dyslexia may affect your students and how screening—combined with best practices in reading instruction—can foster confidence and academic growth. Support students with dyslexia with this e-book from NWEA.

  • Closing Equity Gaps

    By Marcus J. Newsome

    According to Tory Frerichs, vice president of investment services at Country Financial, “There are many reasons Americans could be feeling good about their financial futures right now. Savings rates have gone up, we are hearing positive news about a Covid-19 vaccine and the stock market is at an all-time high.” As more Americans are staying home, personal savings rates have hit a record high fueling hopes for a strong economic recovery. Conversely, groups including people of color, lower earners, women and workers with less education, continue to struggle (Dickler, 2020).

  • 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.

  • 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.

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