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Upcoming Events-

 Principals Partnering with Teacher Leaders to Support High Quality Mathematics Instruction
June 19-20, Oct.3
South Boston
  
 
Coming this Fall!
 
Love Rick Wormeli??
So do we! 
Bring your team to 
Fair Isn't Always Equal!
September 12 - Richmond
 
 
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Building Mathematical Thinking Kindergarten Through Algebra: Strategies for Teachers
Oct 2 and 23 - Lynchburg
Oct 4 and 27 - Abingdon 
 
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Communicating, Collaborating, Coaching: How Great Instructional Coaches Work with Teachers
Oct 7 - Daleville 
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Effective Strategies to Improve Children's Abilities to Control their Behaviors and Emotions
Oct 9 and Nov 6 
Williamsburg
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Annual Conference
December 3-5 at
Doubletree by Hilton
Williamsburg, VA


Check our website 
for more information! 
An education isn't how much you've committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't. 
-Anatole France

June 2014 Newsletter 

Feature article

   

Developing a Playbook -
Coaching on the GO: COT-GO
By Yvonne D. Smith-Jones  
 
Education in the era of high accountability measures includes layers of reports and mounds of data waiting for interpretation. Response to the focus on test scores includes trial and error research as well as fads and gimmicks that promise to improve student achievement.  What is really going on inside the classrooms? Who knows the real story? School administrators who visit classrooms on a daily basis know when students are engaged in learning and when teachers are planning and delivering thought provoking instruction. Classrooms are visited more frequently than ever before. Leaders are collecting, documenting and interpreting observed students' behaviors. What happens to this information, and how can it impact student achievement?  
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Happening Now  

 

Governor to Sign "SOL Reduction" Bill

 

On June 11, Gov. McAuliffe will sign into law the bill eliminating 5 of the SOL tests currently administered to students in elementary and middle school. VASCD advocated for this bill, as we believe it provides opportunities for teachers to embed more authentic, performance-based assessment tasks into their instruction. We understand that this will be a difficult transition, and that there is confusion about exactly what will come next. We are working now on behalf of our members, asking the Virginia Board of Education to use restraint in developing guidelines for new assessments. We believe that teachers should be free to innovate and collaborate as they design and use alternate forms of assessment. To provide support for quality work in this area, we will also offer multiple professional development opportunities next year, beginning on Sept. 24 with the one-day conference described below. We hope to see you there!

 

Upcoming


Principals Partnering with Teacher Leaders to Support High Quality Mathematics Instruction

June 19, 20 and Oct 3, 2014

Join us and we will share with you the answer to these questions:

What should good mathematics instruction look like?  What supports are needed? What is the connection between high quality mathematics instruction and student performance? How can  school-based mathematics leaders lead and improve instruction and student learning?

More information and registration here

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Building and Using High-Quality Classroom Performance Assessment

September 24, 2014; William and Mary Conference Center, Williamsburg

Presenter: Chris Gareis, Associate Dean at the College of William and Mary and co-author of Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction and Student Learning and Virginia teachers.

This session is for teachers who are ready to build more authentic assessment into their instruction, and want to be sure they are doing it in a quality way. Join Chris Gareis, Associate Dean at the College of William and Mary and co-author of Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction and Student Learning  for a keynote session on 
the characteristics of high-quality performance assessments. Chris will also share a process/template for assessment design. Then, a team of Virginia teachers who are highly successful with performance assessment in their own classrooms will discuss their experiences, offer their advice, and share their work. 
This session is designed primarily for grades 3-8 teachers of science and social studies. More information and registration at this link.

 

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