Roberta Branch

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Presentation Materials from the 2019 Mathematics Deeper Learning Institutes are now available!

The VDOE 2019 Institutes provided teachers and mathematics leaders with professional development focused on the implementation of rich mathematical tasks to support deeper learning opportunities for students and to strengthen locally-designed curricula. The materials from the Institutes have been included for use by teachers and teacher teams.

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Spotlight on Literacy: Grammar Reimagined Workshop-July 29

Join Sean Ruday at UVA as he leads interactive discussions about teaching grammar in the context of writing instruction, using mentor texts, and enhancing student metacognition of grammatical concepts and writing strategies. All participants will receive a signed copy of one of his books on grammar instruction. Register today!

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North TIER Online Professional Development Offerings

North TIER runs online professional development courses created for Virginia educators by Virginia educators. Registration for the spring session runs now through February 14. Courses begin February 17. Optional graduate credit is offered through Colorado State University. Find out additional information from North TIER.

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Library of Congress Summer Institutes

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. This opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge. The institute …

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The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project

Applications are being accepted for fellowship seats in the Invitational Summer Institute held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester. Accepted PreK-University fellows from every content area collaborate for four weeks beginning June 22 and ending July 16. Fellows earn graduate credits, explore effective approaches to teaching writing, and actively participate in peer writing. Apply today!

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VCTM Professional Development Grant

The Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics is accepting applications for its Professional Development Grant from current VCTM K-16 members. Selected applicants would receive up to $1,000 each to attend conferences, workshops, or to provide tuition reimbursement in mathematics education within the year in which the recipient applies. Submissions will be considered as applications are received.

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Whole Teacher for the Whole Child-January 31

Adults need social-emotional learning too! Learn how to transform classroom culture for both teachers and students using the science of well being. You will gain tools grounded in science to help you be your best so that you can give your best to the students in your care. Learn how to collect positive experiences, maintain …

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Teaching for Creativity-March 17

Creative expression is for all classes! In every academic area and grade level, we have opportunities to develop students’ creative thinking while learning academic content; when students find their own unique ways to express what they’re learning, they’ll love it more and remember it longer. Join VASCD at Blue Ridge Community College to explore ways to develop …

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Virginia Civics We the People Training Program!

We the People training program provides participating educators with the pedagogical preparation to be effective teachers of civics and government.  Cohort members receive PD hours, a classroom set of We the People textbooks, access to top scholars and mentor teachers and more! Deadline for submitting applications is April 30.

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eMediaVA Winter Webinar

DescriptioneMediaVA is offering a series of four webinars with four brief, easy to complete assignments. Upon completion of all four sessions and the assignments, participants will be issued a certificate indicating that they have completed five hours of professional development. Check with your teaching license advisor prior to participation to ensure that the certificate will …

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Webinar: Information and Updates on ELD Standards and Materials

Join your peers on January 13, 3:30-4:30, to learn about the 2020 materials for Virginia’s English Language Development Standards that support equitable instruction for ELs.  See sample materials, ask questions, and provide input to WIDA directly on how these materials can better meet the needs of Virginia’s ELs.   

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Spotlight on Literacy: The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project

Applications are being accepted for fellowship seats in the Invitational Summer Institute held on the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester. Accepted PreK-University fellows from every content area collaborate for four weeks beginning June 22 and ending July 16. Fellows earn graduate credits, explore effective approaches to teaching writing, and actively participate in peer writing. Apply today!

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Dred Scott Presents: Sons and Daughters of Reconciliation

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7 p.m. At the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center at Norfolk State University. The four panelists will be descendants of plaintiffs and judges in two 19th-century U.S. Supreme Court cases that denied basic rights to black people – the Dred Scott Decision and Plessy v. Ferguson. A University of …

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Spring 2020 Course Offerings

Registration opens on October 30th (returning students) and November 30th (new students). All are three credits unless otherwise noted. Visit UVA’s website to enroll HERE. EDIS 7700 Foundations of Reading Instruction EDIS 7710 Reading in the Content Areas EDIS 7720 Word Study EDIS 7310 Children’s Literature EDIS 5410 Young Adult Literature EDIS 5435 Writing Across the …

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EDIS 5235: Dyslexia and the Classroom (One-Credit, Web-Based Course)

This one-hour course is designed to acquaint classroom teachers with the current research on reading development and dyslexia, the occurrence of dyslexia in classrooms, and the type of instruction needed to support reading development. Students in this course will examine the causes and consequences of reading disabilities as well as explore effective interventions. Participants will …

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Literacy Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers

These four-day non-credit academies are designed for teachers of all grade levels who teach reading. Topics include an overview of literacy development, evidence based practice in reading assessment and instruction, including targeted instructional practices in the following sub component skills of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Across the sub component skill areas, …

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Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Hi there!You’ll be happy to hear that starting January 27, our free Monday Afternoon Webinar Series will resume. I urge you to book your space now; seats are already filling fast.This season you can look forward to live webinars with John Hattie, Jeff Zwiers, Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, Julie Stern, and Debbie Diller—to name just a few. It doesn’t …

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Mathematics Education Leadership Training

Registration is Now Open for the 2020 Summer MELT program.  You can investigate the MELT Summer Institutes website (https://mathsci.appstate.edu/melt/summer-institutes) or go directly to the registration form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfE1kH74xXZg9bq09JymQfOpgtUFJJNZ3CY_ovQeexHpkzLMQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1).  We will soon be finalizing room rate agreements with local hotels.  The new hotel rates for 2020 will be posted in February.  You are encouraged to begin exploring and making your …

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Announcing the National Portrait Gallery’s 2020 Summer Teacher Institutes!

Spend a week with the National Portrait Gallery this summer! Discoverhow integrating portraiture into your classroom illuminates history, biography, visual art, and more.  Learning to LookJuly 6-10 | July 20-24, 2020 Choose from two week-long sessions, during which participants will:Gain expertise in teaching with portraiture from museum educators, curators, and historiansLearn to use portraiture in the …

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Professional Development at the Jamestown-Yorktown FoundationJamestown-Yorktown Foundation is offering a free teacher institute for upper elementary and middle school teachers, July 13–16, at the American Revolution Museum. Participants will collaborate to develop lessons and performance tasks. Each participant will receive a kit of reproduction artifacts to inspire hands-on activities. Applications and accompanying materials due April 12, 2020. 

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Camp Community College

Subject Area Catalog Nbr Class Section Dates Description ART 115 E40A 1/13/20 – 3/8/20 Current Issues in Web Design ASL 125 E05N 1/13/20 – 5/11/20 History & Culture of the Deaf BUS 205 E05W 1/13/20 – 5/11/20 Human Resource Management BUS 265 E80W 1/13/20 – 5/11/20 Ethical Issues in Mgt. CAD 201 E05N 1/13/20 – …

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

VMFA Teacher WorkshopsThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers a variety of teacher workshops. All workshops are aligned with SOL and model strategies for incorporating works of art into K-12 curricula. Participants receive resource packets with background information, lesson concepts, access to images and more! Pre-registration is required.

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Mathematics Education Leadership Training

Registration Open in January for the 2020 Summer MELT program.  We will soon be finalizing room rate agreements with local hotels.  The new rates for 2020 will be posted in February.  However, all other information is now available.  You are encouraged to begin exploring and making your summer PD plans.   Mathematics  Education  Leadership  Training Since 1998, the Mathematics Education …

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2020 National Family Engagement Summit-April 16-17

Join hundreds of educators from around the nation in Norfolk to gain strategies to promote equitable family engagement. Participants will learn techniques to build the capacity for strategic family and school partnerships. Register today!

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History and Literacy

TeachingHistory.org offers guidance for teachers incorporating literacy strategies into their history classrooms. This resource provides best practices surrounding adapting primary source documents for classroom use and provides examples for the elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.

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Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Speaker proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 VCTM Conference:  Focusing on Mathematics for the Future to be held March 13-14 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional speaker proposal information is available.  Registration is now open!

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North TIER Online Professional Development North TIER

North TIER runs online professional development courses created for Virginia educators by Virginia educators. Registration for the winter session runs now through December 6 and courses begin December 9. Courses cost $55/member and $100/non-member for 30 recertification hours. Optional graduate credit is offered through Colorado State University. 

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OPEN’s Yoga and Mindfulness Module

Check out this module designed to help students experience the benefits of mindful practice and incorporate stress-reduction techniques into their everyday lives.

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National History Day in Virginia

National History Day is a project based learning program for students grades 4-12. Students may choose a topic related to this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History, and conduct primary source research on their topic. Contact Sam Florer, Virginia History Day Coordinator, for any questions or see the website for details.

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2020 Children’s Engineering Convention – EARLY BIRD Registration

Greetings PreK-5 Educators: Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! On September, 6 2019, Superintendent’s Memo #221-19  announced the 2020 Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention. The convention will be held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia, February 6-7, 2020. In 2019, nearly 800 teachers, principals, and central office staff attended the convention. We invite you …

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Announcing Comprehensive Literacy Webinar Series

Webinar PURPOSE / INFO Date Best Practices in K-2 Reading Instruction     Participants will review researched best practices in early literacy and learn how to spiral learning structures to promote beginning reading skills.    Tuesday, January 14 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, January 16 at 2 p.m.       Best Practices in Grades …

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Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Accepting Proposals

Virginia Council of Teachers of MathematicsSpeaker proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 VCTM Conference:  Focusing on Mathematics for the Future to be held March 13-14 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional speaker proposal information is available.  Registration is now open!

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