This year’s workshops feature proven VASS presenters Dan Mulligan, who returns to lead two workshops on the Virginia SOL, and Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis, who will dive deeply into Alternative Assessments. In December, VASS will co-sponsor two drive-in workshops on budget issues with VASBO. VASS will also hold its annual Fall Conference, Winter Conference, and Spring Conference. For more information, click on the links to your right or consult the calendar to your left.
VASS offers its division members the opportunity to provide links to announcements of open professional employment opportunities in public education throughout the state. For current openings, view the links under "Job Postings" toward the bottom of the column to your left.
The Conference will feature keynotes by State Superintendent Steven Staples and Barry DuVall, the president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and will include a hospitality suite and numerous opportunities for social and professional networking. Click on the Headline for more information.
Veteran Virginia educator James Lane was honored at the VASS Spring Conference as the 2017 Virginia Superintendent of the Year. He was feted along with the other eight Regional Superintendents of the Year at the VASS Annual Awards Banquet, the capstone of this year’s conference. Click on the headline for more about Dr. Lane and the other award winners.
Dr. Seibert, the Superintendent of Salem City Schools, is the past president of VASS and a leader on the SOL Innovation Committee. He has been a catalyst for innovation in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the use of meaningful data in his school division, and is a strong advocate for statewide reforms in public education. He is also admired for his strength of character and dedication to serving others. State Superintendent Steven Staples presented the award to Dr. Seibert at the VASCD Conference in Williamsburg on December 3. VASCD was thrilled to recognize such an effective leader--and valued colleague.
Dr. Patrick Murphy, the superintendent of Arlington County Schools and the 2015 Virginia Superintendent of the Year, has published “Standards of Learning: Quiet Please, Ready on the Set, Take 2,” a compelling argument for offering students a “second chance” on an SOL test. Citing the need for multiple measures, Dr. Murphy details the work done in his division to improve SOL results through “re-takes.” Click on the Headline for a link to Dr. Murphy’s article.
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. Click on the Headline for more information.
If you are a superintendent looking for new insights into how best to implement digital learning in your division, you will want to take a hard look at "Future Ready District Pledge," a new program from the U.S. Department of Education. The program seeks to encourage and support superintendents who commit to taking a leadership role in digital learning and wish to share their best practices with colleagues across the country. Click on the Headline for more information.