Rosa Atkins, the superintendent of Charlottesville City Public Schools and a past president of VASS, has been selected as one of only two finalists for the 2017 AASA Women in School Leadership Award. The winner of the award will be announced during the AASA National Conference on Education in March of 2017. Click on the Headline for more about Dr. Atkins and the award.
Education First Education Tours, a Vass business affiliate member, is offering an exciting new scholarship opportunity—a free leadership tour of Europe in July of 2017 that ends with a two-day conference on the Future of Food in Milan, Italy. The application deadline for the scholarship is November 7, 2016. Click on the Headline or on the link under Key Resources to your right below for more details, including application information.
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. Click on the Headline for more information.
This year’s workshops feature proven VASS presenters Dan Mulligan, who returns to lead two workshops on the Virginia Mathematics 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.
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.