Roberta Branch

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Master of Science in Education with an Educational Leadership Concentration

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Master of Science in Education with an Educational Leadership ConcentrationThis Longwood University’s hybrid model is designed for working professionals, blending real-world applicability with flexibility. The program meets on-campus five Saturdays per semester with the remainder of learning occurring asynchronously online! Upon graduation, candidates are prepared for administrative, supervisory, and leadership roles in schools, school divisions, and educational …

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VASCD Summer Series

VASCD Summer SeriesSee VASCD for registration and information for their summer professional learning series. Topics include: June 21: The minimalist teacherJune 22: Increasing learning: Assessment journeysJune 23: Re-defining student and teacher roles for joyful learningJuly 12: Finding agility in the classroom and where you leadJuly 13: Aspire to ascend: Cultivating pathways to leadershipJuly 20: Take 2 for ’22- …

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Longwood School Librarianship Program

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Great news, everyone! Longwood is bringing the School Librarianship Program to a location near you! We are planning a new cohort of students from the Hampton Roads area to begin Fall 2022 (mid-August start). Whether you have always thought it would be great to be a school librarian, you are looking for a new way …

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Virginia Council on Economic Education Summer Teacher Workshops

Virginia Council on Economic Education Summer Teacher WorkshopsThe Virginia Council on Economics is offering a variety of summer programs for K-12 educators. Check out the variety of summer teacher workshops with topics such as The Stock Market Game, Personal Finance Teacher Forum, Teacher Decision-Making Skills Using Children’s Literature, Entrepreneurship Institute and more! 

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Formative Assessment: Professional Development for Teachers

Formative Assessment: Professional Development for TeachersJoin SURN at William & Mary’s School of Education this summer for a 5-week, online, asynchronous course designed to help you maximize the full potential of formative assessment in our ever-changing classrooms. The self-paced course is Engaging Students In Meaningful Formative Assessment will be held July 5-August 5 offering 30 re-certification hours. Registration is open.

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Teacher Leadership Opportunity

Teacher Leadership OpportunityEarn a Graduate Certificate or MEd in Teacher Leadership from James Madison University. Certificate program is 12 credit hours and be completed in two semesters. MEd program is 30 credits and can be completed in one year. Programs are hybrid or fully online; your choice. Learn how to be a leader in your own classroom, …

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Online Special Education Certificate Opportunity

Online Special Education Certificate OpportunityMarymount University’s School of Education is offering a fully online Special Education Certificate! Educators can earn their SPED Certificate with five courses or just 15 credits, taught by innovative professionals highly engaged in the field of Special Education. Learn more today!

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Webinar Recording: Our Resilience Story with Dr. Allison Jackson-Dyer

Dr. Jackson-Dyer was the keynote speaker for this virtual leadership conference. While this was created for nursing, education, and social work students and professionals, the social inequities and trauma exacerbated by the pandemic impact all of us and this topic is important for anyone wanting to be an effective leader and engaged citizen. Watch the …

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CHOICE Cohort Opportunity

CHOICE Cohort OpportunityVirginia Ed Strategies is currently recruiting school divisions and teachers to participate in their second Cohort of CHOICE! They have 700 openings for teachers desiring autonomy in their professional learning and access to $1500 annually to use for professional learning, materials, and travel. Virginia Ed Strategies is looking for high school science, math, computer science, & …

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World Languages Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

World Languages Summer Professional Learning OpportunitiesRegistration is now open for three opportunities for summer professional learning in world languages.  You may register for more than one event; however spaces are limited and acceptance is not guaranteed for all events.  Registration and workshop material costs are paid by VDOE. Some meals and lodging are also provided. Event 1: July …

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VASCD Summer Series

VASCD Summer SeriesA variety of summer professional learning opportunities are available to educators. See VASCD for additional information and registration:May 25, June 1, & July 6:When kids lead-virtualJune 1 & 15 & July 6:Cultivating an SEL system for student & staff safety-virtualJune 14:How to look a: student work to uncover student thinkingJune 21:The minimalist teacherJune 22:Increasing …

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s 2022 Summer Teacher Institute

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s 2022 Summer Teacher InstituteGet ready for the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution at this Institute July 11-14. This four-day, all expenses paid professional development opportunity is specifically designed for upper elementary and middle school teachers. Participants will take part in immersive learning experiences and collaborate with fellow teachers to develop lessons for students …

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Reading Specialist Endorsement Program

Reading Specialist Endorsement ProgramWilliam & Mary offers a post-professional online certificate for teachers who currently hold a master’s degree but would like to add a reading specialist endorsement. It is a 21-credit program, offered in 7-week terms over four semesters. More information and an online application is available now.  

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Virginia Forest Association Workshops

Virginia Forest Association WorkshopsThe Virginia Forest Association has several low-cost workshop for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The workshops on-site and virtual. Participants will receive activities that can be use with students.

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Reading Specialist Endorsement Program

Reading Specialist Endorsement ProgramWilliam & Mary offers a post-professional online certificate for teachers who currently hold a master’s degree but would like to add a reading specialist endorsement. It is a 21-credit program, offered in 7-week terms over four semesters. More information and an online application is available now.  

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Special Education Endorsement

Special Education EndorsementOld Dominion University offers grant funding/discounts for qualified Virginia school division personnel seeking endorsement in special education: general curriculum K-12. Teachers with valid provisional special education: general curriculum licenses are eligible and other school personnel with bachelor’s degrees may be eligible. Coursework is delivered using online and televised formats. Find out more information or email with questions.

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Special Education Add-On Endorsement

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Special Education Add-On EndorsementJoin Longwood for their online professional development and acquire the expertise necessary to support students with diverse learning needs. Take courses for recertification and professional development to add an endorsement to your license. The endorsement is 15 credits and can be completed in three semesters. It offers an elementary track or a …

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SURN Summer Professional Learning  

SURN Summer Professional Learning   SURN at William & Mary’s School of Education is offering teachers a variety of 5-week, online, asynchronous courses. Register for one or more summer events:●Deeper Learning: Unpacking the 5 Cs (July 5-August 5)●For the Joy of Learning: Cultivating Student Engagement (July 5-August 5) ●Engaging Students In Meaningful Formative Assessment (July 5-August 5) ●Mentoring and Coaching …

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Olga Lengyel Institute and LCPS

Olga Lengyel Institute and LCPSTeachers interested in increasing their capacities to engage students in exploring human rights in their classrooms are invited to apply to this seminar, sponsored by TOLI and supported by Loudoun County Public Schools. This seminar is offered at no cost to educators on June 20-24 in Sterling. Explore today!

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Learning Forward Virginia Learning Opportunities 

Learning Forward Virginia Learning Opportunities Join Learning Forward Virginia for upcoming learning opportunities. Find out more information about upcoming webinars, the annual conference, and available resources. 

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Take a “Byte” of Computer Science with CodeVA PD Opportunities

Take a “Byte” of Computer Science with CodeVA PD OpportunitiesAll Virginia K-12 educators are invited to join CodeVA for spring Learning Bytes, professional learning sessions that support Computer Science SOL integration and build knowledge and self-efficacy! CodeVA’s new flexible format includes a webinar-style instruction in the opening hour and an optional interactive second hour. All registrants receive …

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Grades K–5: Online Summer Enrichment Courses

Grades K–5: Online Summer Enrichment CoursesVDOE’s Virtual Virginia’s Summer Session 2022 will feature high-quality synchronous and asynchronous enrichment instruction for elementary students in grades K–5. These enrichment courses will be taught by Virginia-certified VVA instructors daily instruction in STEM, French, and Spanish. Find out more information about registration and start dates from VVA today!      

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Virtual VA Summer Session: Grades 6–12

Virtual Virginia’s Summer Session 2022 will feature 90 online courses for grades 6–12. These courses are taught by Virginia-certified VVA instructors core academic and elective courses. Check out the variety of subject areas credit recovery options for a number of core academic courses today!

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Grades K–5: Online Summer Enrichment Courses

VDOE’s Virtual Virginia’s Summer Session 2022 will feature high-quality synchronous and asynchronous enrichment instruction for elementary students in grades K–5. These enrichment courses will be taught by Virginia-certified VVA instructors daily instruction in STEM, French, and Spanish. Find out more information about registration and start dates from VVA today!       

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Updates from VASCD

Greetings! I’m writing to remind you that VASCD’s 2022 micro-credentials are open for enrollment between now and the end of March. A variety of micro-credentials are available,  all grounded in the Profile of a Virginia Classroom. These micro-credentials can be implemented for a variety of purposes, such as:  a focus for shared professional learning in a …

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VAST Experiences for Educators

VAST Experiences for EducatorsVAST is offering four experiences around Virginia that will include visiting a quarry in two different parts of the state, walking in the footprints of dinosaurs, and learning about modern mining in Virginia. The dates are between June 17 and July 29. See the VAST The Science Educator, winter edition, for more information and registration.

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New Children’s Storybook from NASA: You Are Going

Readers learn about the elements that will help make the mission possible and discover all of the exciting possibilities of going to space.  The site includes a free downloadable copy of the book, a read-aloud video with NASA astronauts, a coloring book, and a comprehension guide. 

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Green Strides Webinar Series

This Webinar Series provides participants with the tools to reduce their schools’ environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach effective environmental education. Additionally, schools will have access to the resources that help them move toward the Pillars of our U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition award.

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Dual M.Ed. in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators

The program leads to a M.Ed. with a concentration in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators degree from James Madison University and a Salamanca Masters for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language degree from University of Salamanca, Spain. The program format includes one summer at JMU, one summer at USLA, and three additional academic …

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VASCD Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

VASCD Upcoming Professional Development OpportunitiesSee the updated information about the upcoming opportunities for educators. See VASCD for more information and costs: 2 for ’22: Outstanding Virginia educators will lead 20-minute discussions on topics of current interest on February 2. Choose two topics in each one-hour session. No pre-registration, no fee. Join VASCD from 7-8 p.m. 2022 Whole Child Institute: …

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National Science Teachers Association PD Opportunities

National Science Teachers Association PD OpportunitiesNSTA has a variety of professional development opportunities presented by national speakers that are free to members or at a nominal cost for non-members. Explore the offerings today!

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Shenandoah Valley Writing Project Invitational Leadership Institute

Shenandoah Valley Writing Project Invitational Leadership InstituteThis Institute is open to any Pre-kindergarten-University educator and will be held entirely online from the end of June through July, 2022.  At the Institute, participants will examine issues in the teaching of writing, improve the use of writing to deepen and extend learning in all curricular areas, study research …

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Free Training for Virginia Public School Educators

Virtual Virginia’s Professional Learning Program empowers educators to explore new instructional practices and the flexibility to achieve more—all at their own pace. Virtual Virginia’s professional learning opportunities are available to all Virginia public school educators at no cost. Professional Learning

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Free K–12 Online Learning Resources

The Virtual Virginia Outreach Program provides free K–12 online learning modules for Virginia public school teachers to use in their own classes. Outreach Program

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Outdoor Education Program

This Program is restarting this fall after the pandemic shutdown. Visit the website to know more about their emphasis on learning outside.

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Virtual Virginia: Free K–12 course resources & statewide LMS access for public school teachers

Virtual Virginia Outreach Program Free K–12 course resources & statewide LMS access for public school teachers The Virtual Virginia Outreach Program is designed to assist Virginia public school teachers and students by providing access to online learning modules via the Virtual Virginia learning management system at no cost. Each Virginia public school division has access to its own instance …

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Computer Science K-12 Educator Opportunities

Computer Science K-12 Educator Opportunities          CodeVA is offering free training programs for K-12 public school educators. The elementary and middle school programs prepare educators to explore the content and learn how to integrate the Computer Science SOL into core curriculum. The high school training programs prepare teachers to teach an elective in computer science or an Advanced Placement …

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Professional Learning CHOICE

Professional Learning CHOICEVirginia Ed Strategies is inviting high school science, mathematics, computer science, and CTE teachers to consider joining CHOICE, offering $1000 a year to cover professional learning that teachers choose as well as associated costs such as travel or materials. Through this program, Virginia Ed Strategies is endeavoring to offer a community of practice …

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Virtual STEM Professional Development Teacher Camp

Virtual STEM Professional Development Teacher CampThis free virtual STEM PD camp by the ASM Materials Education Foundation has a variety of topics and dates for elementary as well as secondary teachers to attend. Kits will be supplied for teachers to learn about materials design. Register today! 

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Old Dominion University Special Education Grant/Reduced Tuition Programs

Special Education: General Curriculum K-12 Endorsement Old Dominion University and George Mason University offer grant funding/discounts for qualified school division personnel seeking endorsement in special education: general curriculum.  Teachers with valid provisional special education: general curriculum licenses are eligible and other school personnel with bachelor’s degrees may be eligible.  Tuition assistance is available for provisionally …

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Virginia Tech Opens EU Jean Monnet Center of Excellence

Virginia Tech Opens EU Jean Monnet Center of ExcellenceThe Center is partnering with the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, the Virginia Geographic Alliance, and other educational leaders in Virginia. More information is available about the VT Center for European Union, Transatlantic, and Trans-European Space Studies including a newsletter, educator programs and conferences, EU Council mock-debate for students, …

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K-12 LITERACY BEST PRACTICES

The VDOE English Office has developed a webpage of VDOE resource professional development packages focused on best practices in K-12 literacy instruction aligned to the 2017 English Standards of Learning (SOL). Packages are bundled and sorted by topic for ease of use and focused professional learning.  Suffolk Public Schools will provide Professional Development  points if you follow …

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Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8

This GUIDE from the US Department of Education, offers educators evidence-based recommendations that address the challenge of improving mathematical problem-solving in grades 4 through 8. It provides information on critical topics related to improving mathematical problem-solving. Check it out today!

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