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Catch the VIBE this summer!

Catch the VIBE this summer! To kick things off, please invite your personnel to register for Catch the VIBE, a summer series of free 30-minute webinars highlighting best practices in blended instruction presented by Virtual Virginia, VSTE, and Canvas. Register: Catch the VIBE Ready to feel the VIBE? Learn more on the Virtual Virginia website.

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English Language Development Standards Framework Introduction

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English Language Development Standards Framework IntroductionThis session is for any educator working with an EL as an overview of the components and possible applications of the 2020 edition. Part 3, on June 21, will provide examples of and tools for differentiation. Part 4, on June 28, will explore resources and strategies for collaboration.

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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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Trauma Support for Schools Virtual Summit – August 16-17

Trauma Support for Schools Virtual Summit – August 16-17Join the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia for their free Summit for educators, leaders, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who support PreK-12 educators and students experiencing trauma. The two-day event will run daily from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. If you have specific questions, email CCSSOC.RELAP@sri.com.

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Brown Teacher Institute Options

Brown Teacher Institute OptionsJoin the Library of Virginia for the twelfth annual Brown Teacher Institute focusing on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Virginia Constitution.  The Institute is scheduled with both in-person and virtual options and will feature guest speakers and live Q&A sessions. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in …

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Summer Mini-Institute: Inclusive Practices for English Learners with Disabilities

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Summer Mini-Institute: Inclusive Practices for English Learners with DisabilitiesThe Institute is designed to address instructional strategies and considerations for EL with disabilities in all classrooms. Teams of classroom teachers, English Language Development (ELD) teachers, and special educators/service providers are the primary target audiences. This event will be virtual on July 15 from 8:30 a.m – …

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VDOE English Language Instructional Webinars

VDOE English Language Instructional WebinarsSeveral summer workshops will be offered to support English Learners for general educators, ELD teachers, and/or leaders. Offerings include:June 30 at 10-11 a.m. Leading for Equity for English Learners. This session is for school and division leaders to explore a sample classroom walkthrough tool and make connections to the main components of …

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Bring the Library of Congress into Your Classroom! July 12-16

Bring the Library of Congress into Your Classroom! July 12-16This free course, by Teaching with Primary Sources Virginia, is open to Virginia teachers of all subjects and grade levels. Classes will be held July 12-July 16 from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. synchronous session followed by independent work. Participants will have access to ready-to-use primary source sets, lesson plans, and …

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Virtual Learning Strategies for K12 Educators

REGISTER NOW   There is a fee for this workshop. The division will not be paying for this workshop. Virtual Learning Strategies for K12 Educators Planning to achieve results in an online learning environment  The Virginia Tech Richmond Center is excited to present this new virtual workshop. Participants will gain experience in online teaching and course design …

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Registration is Now Open for the 2021 Education Equity Summer Institute

This year’s conference will convene over two days:  June 15-Teaching African American History Through Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies   June 16-Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Education Practices For the full agenda, click here.  To Register: Step 1:Click here to access the registration page through the Virginia Tech Office of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE).  Step 2: Complete keynote registration. Please note …

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Transformative Teaching Master’s Degree Program – Summer 2021

Transformative Teaching Master’s Degree Program – Summer 2021This program is a fully online, 30-credit master’s degree cohort program for working educators who want to further develop their anti-racist, social justice-oriented teaching and leadership skills. It offers a seamless experience between work as an educator and engagement with the course material and participation in the cohort …

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2021 VCU Summer Learning Academy

2021 VCU Summer Learning AcademyRegistration is now open for this Academy focused on preparing educators to create a culture of educational excellence and equity in schools through innovative and practical techniques. There are over 50 different virtual sessions covering over 20 topics, with a variety of formats to suit all schedules. Reduced prices are in place from last year in respect to the …

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Trauma Support for Schools Virtual Summit – August 16-17

Trauma Support for Schools Virtual Summit – August 16-17Join the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia for their free Summit for educators, leaders, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who support PreK-12 educators and students experiencing trauma. The two-day event will run daily from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. If you have specific questions, email CCSSOC.RELAP@sri.com.

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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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Moton Museum Children of Courage: Virtual Teacher Institute

Moton Museum Children of Courage: Virtual Teacher InstituteDo you want to be a citizen leader? Join the Moton Museum to learn more about civil rights in education in Farmville. In this virtual class, K-12 teachers will engage with both live and recorded lectures, while reviewing Civil Rights, Massive Resistance, and Desegregation histories. Moton Museum will follow the …

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Planning for the Future: Principles to Guide Teaching and Learning in the New Normal

Planning for the Future: Principles to Guide Teaching and Learning in the New Normal Description Research has shown that teaching online can improve teaching in person. While the last year has been difficult for teachers and students, teachers have learned a tremendous amount that can improve teaching and learning even after everyone is back in …

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Not What Works–What Works BEST: Making Mathematics Meaningful for ALL Students Series

Not What Works–What Works BEST: Making Mathematics Meaningful for ALL Students Join T-TAC ODU as we offer a series of Professional Learning opportunities focused on evidence-based strategies that make math meaningful for ALL students.  All sessions will take place virtually. Registration Is Now Open! Teaching Mathematics Strategically to Struggling Learners 3-5 When: July 20, 2021, …

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STAYING CONNECTED: FACILITATING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE DURING and AFTER CANCER TREATMENT

This free 6.5 hour online continuing education (CE) program is designed to be completed at a time that is convenient to you – following registration, you will have up to 16 weeks to complete the program in its entirety and receive CE credit or up to 3 weeks for the non-accredited track. An email confirmation …

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Equity in CTE Programs

Equity in CTE Programs: Reflecting on Policies, Procedures, and Practices to Avoid Disparate Impact May 25, 2021 3:00-4:30 PM Register here! Presenters include: Dr. Casey Roberts, Executive Director, New Horizons Regional Education Centers Kate Kreamer, Deputy Executive Director, Advance CTE Mimi Lufkin, CEO Emerita, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity What’s Culture Got to Do With …

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SU 2021 Webinars for for Graduate Degrees in Educational Leadership –

Become a School Leader – Earn your education administration endorsement with SU.  The education administration endorsement programs will be offered online with weekly live virtual sessions.  The Master of Science (MSEd) in Education Administration is designed for those who hold an active teaching license and want to earn a master’s degree while simultaneously earning the …

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Climate Generation’s 16th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Climate Generation’s 16th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change EducationThis is a three-day, July 28-30, virtual conference for teachers to learn new tools, skills, and resources to teach climate change. Register or find out more information today!

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Virginia Health and Physical Activity Virtual Institute, July 12-14

Virginia Health and Physical Activity Virtual Institute, July 12-14VDOE and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance extend an invitation to all administrators and teachers to attend the fully virtual Healthy Kids, Healthy Virginia 2021 Health and Physical Activity Institute. The 2021 Institute will feature several nationally acclaimed educators, National and State Teachers of the …

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2021 VASCD Annual Conference: Turn the Page

2021 VASCD Annual Conference: Turn the PageThis is a new kind of Hybrid! Participants choose the way you want to attend with three options. Find out more information or register now for Early Bird prices with increases after June 18. Options:In-person: December 7-8. Conference will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge.Virtual Conference: December 8-9. Attend from your own location! …

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Virginia Geographic Alliance #YouCanMapThat Online Workshop-June 22-23

Virginia Geographic Alliance #YouCanMapThat Online Workshop-June 22-23This online workshop, #YouCanMapThat: Using GIS to Enhance the Classroom is for grades K-12 faculty and pre-service teachers limited to 40 participants so register by June 13! Participants will have access to 100+ classroom-ready 15-Minute GeoInquiries, create customized Web Maps that embed text, primary source images, register school for a free site license for …

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Co-Teaching Elementary Reading and Mathematics Summer Academy

Co-Teaching Elementary Reading and Mathematics Summer AcademyThis Academy is designed for elementary school teams of general education and special education teachers who teach reading and mathematics together to enhance all student outcomes, especially students with disabilities in the general education classroom. This four-day virtual Academy will be held on June 21-24. See details and register at the Co-Teaching …

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Free Virtual Summer Learning Opportunity at JMU for New Teachers

We are offering a New Teacher Academy that will provide an engaging, edge-of-your-seat learning experience this summer – ON ZOOM!  Please take a look at the attached brochure and an example schedule for additional information.  Early-career teachers will spend four action-packed days from 10:00am – 3:00pm with colleagues and instructional coaches from across the Commonwealth, diving into …

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New VDOE SOL English Instructional Support

New VDOE SOL English Instructional SupportVirginia SOL Tracking Logs for grades Kindergarten through English 12 have been developed to assist teachers with determining which standards students have had sufficient exposure and experience with prior to the COVID-19 school interruption and to make decisions regarding when and how experience with new standards might occur moving forward. Each log …

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Integrate Physical Activity Throughout the School Day

Integrate Physical Activity Throughout the School DayActive Academics is a free online educational resource offering teachers activity and lesson ideas to integrate physical activity in the classroom, at home, and throughout the day. Register to access activity ideas created by teachers for teachers, span a variety of grade levels (PK – 8) and subject areas (health, physical …

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Registration is Now Open for the 2021 VCU Summer Learning Academy

Registration is Now Open for the 2021 VCU Summer Learning AcademyThe Academy will focus on preparing educators to create a culture of educational excellence and equity in schools through innovative and practical techniques. There are over 50 different virtual sessions covering 24 topics, with a variety of formats to suit everyone’s schedule. Reduced prices are in place from last year in respect to …

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Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute: From Context to Classroom Online- July 12-23

Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute: From Context to Classroom Online- July 12-23This opportunity is open to teachers who have never completed the Alexander Lebenstein Teacher Education Institute. Historian-lead lectures and learn about practices and resources that you can use in the classroom when teaching the Holocaust. Sessions focus on the Holocaust’s historical background and pedagogy …

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Journey into Teaching Academy: A PD Initiative for Selected Second Year Provisionally Certified Special Education Teachers

Journey into Teaching Academy: A PD Initiative for Selected Second Year Provisionally Certified Special Education TeachersVDOE Office of Special Education Instructional Services is announcing the third cohort of the Journey into Teaching Academy, a yearlong professional development initiative for teachers completing their second year as a provisionally licensed special education teacher. This year-long initiative (May 2021-May …

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Virtual Virginia’s Summer Session 2021 registration is now open for all learners in grades 6–12

Virtual Virginia’s Summer Session 2021 registration is now open for all learners in grades 6–12. This summer Virtual Virginia will offer 72 online courses, including core, world language, and elective courses. Available to all students of Virginia public middle schools and high schools, Summer Session 2021 is ideal for students who want to complete courses during the summer to meet graduation requirements or …

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Summer Literature Classes at Camp!

Summer Literature Classes  at Camp!  Summer literature classes at Camp   Community College bring rich   opportunities to K-12 teachers.   Recertification points can be gained in five   weeks during the summer for elementary,   middle school, and high school teachers.  Choose From:  Introduction to Literature  ENG 125-71A, 3 credits  Not sure about taking a literature course? “Introduction to …

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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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“Discipline Update: Understanding State Law and Issues in the Virtual Environment” Webinar

The latest webinar presented by the attorneys at Sands Anderson titled “Discipline Update: Understanding State Law and Issues in the Virtual Environment” has been uploaded and is available for staff access on the Special Education Website. The website is available on the SPS Staff Portal. Click on Special Education Resources to access the site. The …

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SPS Aspiring Leaders_ Lunch and Learn Series 2021

SPS Aspiring Leaders_ Lunch and Learn Series 2021 SPS Aspiring Leaders_ Lunch and Learn Series 2021

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CodeVA Professional Development Opportunities

CodeVA Professional Development OpportunitiesElementary and middle school programs prepare educators to explore Computer Science and to learn how to integrate the VA CS SOL into their core curriculum. The secondary elective courses prepare teachers to teach a high school elective in computer science or to teach an Advanced Placement level course. Find out more information today!

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SPS ITRIT Workshop Offerings

Below you will find a list of the live workshops that we are currently offering. ITRTs are available on Fridays for in person training. This training can be building wide at a staff meeting or even for grade level teams. If you are interested in signing up for a Friday Live PD, please email helpdesk@spsk12.net …

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Solving Global Problems Self-Paced Course —

The U.S. Department of State is excited to announce Solving Global Problems — a free, self-paced online course for U.S. educators! Problem solving ignites students’ critical thinking and creativity. It teaches students how to apply knowledge and skills to complex problems and it empowers students to make a difference in the world. Global competence equips students with the skills, knowledge, …

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Teacher Leadership

I am excited to share that Virginia Wesleyan University is now offering an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Teacher Leadership. The program is especially designed for licensed teachers who are passionate about teaching and learning and hope to expand their careers and increase effectiveness as leaders in the profession. We hope you will …

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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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Master’s and Professional Studies Certificate Programs

Become a School Leader – Earn your education administration endorsement with SU.  The education administration endorsement programs will be offered online with weekly live virtual sessions. The Master of Science (MSEd) in Education Administration is designed for those who hold an active teaching license and want to earn a master’s degree while simultaneously earning the …

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English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework Implementation Timeline and Support

New Series on Supporting Language Development for Multilingual/English Learners in Early Childhood Coming in Fall 2021: Preview Sessions Planned for April and May To support a focus on language development within the early childhood years, VDOE’s Early Childhood and English Learner Instruction Programs are collaborating to provide interested early childhood caregivers and educators with a …

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GenCyber Summer Professional Development

GenCyber Summer Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers ( Norfolk State University) The purpose of this two-week professional development workshop is to introduce a curriculum that teachers in the STEM area and other interested teachers can use to introduce the GenCyber concepts in their classrooms in a fun and engaging approach. High school teachers …

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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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Self-Paced WIDA eWorkshops

Self-Paced WIDA eWorkshopsThese self-paced eWorkshops are on a variety of topics for teachers, principals, and educational leaders including Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry, WIDA Writing Rubric, Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics, Doing and Talking STEM, Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough; School Improvement Planning for Multilingual Learners and more! Email to set up a free account.

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Teacher Institute

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Teacher InstituteThis free institute is for upper elementary and middle school teachers from July 12 – 15 at Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg. The focus will be on 17th century Virginia history and cultures that converged at Jamestown. Participants will explore primary sources and collaborate with fellow teachers to develop lessons and performance tasks to …

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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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GenCyber Summer Professional Development Workshop

Norfolk State University GenCyber Summer Professional Development Workshop for High School Teachers The purpose of this one-week professional development workshop is to introduce a curriculum that teachers in the STEM area and other interested teachers can use to introduce the GenCyber concepts in their classrooms in a fun and engaging approach. High school teachers will …

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Career and Technical Education New Teacher Institute-Due June 11

Career and Technical Education New Teacher Institute-Due June 11 VDOE, in collaboration with UVA, will offer the CTE New Teacher Institute from July 12-16 as an online course. The Institute is designed specifically for CTE teachers who are transitioning directly from business and industry to the classroom. Participants will need to complete an online enrollment …

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Blending Learning Virtual Conference

Save the Date! Blending Learning Mixing Up Your Digital Pedagogy May 1, 2021 A Free, One-Day Virtual Conference for Virginia Public School Educators More details coming soon! #BlendVVAVSTECanvas21 Presented by Call for Presenters Educators, you are doing amazing things in Virginia, and we want to hear about them! Submit your proposal to present at “Blending Learning: Mixing …

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VASCD Micro-Credentials

Spring 2021Micro-Credentials Facilitate Respectful Student-to-StudentConversations In order for both academic and social-emotional learning to occur, students must feel safe and confident sharing their ideas and perceptions with each other. Respectful and robust interactions are foundational to a deeperlearning classroom. This micro-credential demonstrates the teacher’s skill in developing and supporting students’ engagement with each other in …

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eMediaVA Winter Webinar series

Want to learn more about how to use digital tools and eMediaVA for blended learning? We’re excited to announce four upcoming webinars to support Virginia educators in creating dynamic digital instruction. Led by WHRO Education staff, this webinar series will focus on effective and interactive digital tools to prepare for successful distance and blended learning …

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UVA WISE Center for Teaching Excellence Spring Semester

February 15 – May 7, 2021Registration Deadline: February 8, 2021 This spring we are offering almost fifty online courses to meet teacher licensure and professional development requirements. Classes are offered at a reduced tuition for Virginia educators, who will receivethree credit-hours that can be used to meet Virginia Department of Education requirements for provisionally licensed …

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Upcoming Events “VSCA-Virginia School Counselor Association” Annual Conference March 4 – 5, 2021 Hampton, VA Register Today!

Upcoming Events VSCA Annual Conference March 4 – 5, 2021 Hampton, VA Register Today!

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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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Supporting Teachers to Foster Authentic Digital Interactions – NAELPA

On February 4, join one of social media’s favorite EL professionals and virtual instruction innovators, Esther Park, for a session packed with ideas for engaging ELs in a virtual learning environment. Division, school, and professional development leaders will leave the session with ideas for tools and templates to add to their virtual instructional leadership toolbox as …

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Tools for Learning Dance: Middle School

Tools for Learning Dance: Middle SchoolThese dance modules and activities build in complexity by teaching and reinforcing skills focused on middle school. The content uses social and emotional strategies to create positive engagement, personal enjoyment, and strategies to develop an appreciation for all movement forms. Check out the complete module packet today.

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Virtual Vocabulary Instruction with the ExC-ELL Model- February 2

Virtual Vocabulary Instruction with the ExC-ELL Model- February 2 Join this free one-hour webinar to learn how to use The Seven Steps for Preteaching Vocabulary during virtual learning. Participants will then engage in a Q&A session with Dr. Margarita Calderon, the creator of ExC-ELL. Register today!

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Special Education-General Curriculum Add-On Course Series

Register here for the Online Special Education-General Curriculum Add-On course series:  Teachers holding an Elementary Education (such as preK-3 or preK-6), Middle Education (grades 6-8), or Secondary Education endorsement are eligible for the Special Education – General Curriculum K-6 add-on endorsement.  Teachers holding any other endorsement, including K-12 or preK-12 endorsements, are not eligible to add the special education endorsement through …

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Professional Learning Opportunities and Events of Interest for Mathematics Educators:

Schema Based Instruction for Word Problem Solving Webinar As shared in the Evidenced Based Specially Designed Instruction in Mathematics Webinar, Schema Based Instruction is an evidenced based strategy for teaching word problem solving to students with disabilities.  Participate in this webinar to be held on February 23 from 4:00PM – 5:30PM to learn more about …

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Canvas LMS Course

ENROLL IN THE COURSE BELOW: spsk12.instructure.com/enroll/F34BJX ENROLL IN THE COURSE: spsk12.instructure.com/enroll/F34BJX

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The Fast and the Curious

The Fast and the Curious 30 minutes to power up your practice! Virtual Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) and Canvas, will host a series of 30-minute webinars highlighting best practices in synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid/concurrent instruction.   Virginia public school division educators in Outreach and non-Outreach programs are invited to join us to learn …

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Virginia Dual Language/Immersion Day-February 27

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Join VDOE and VADLEN for a virtual DLI in A Day conference on February 27, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Anyone interested in Dual Language Immersion Education is invited to attend. Registration is free and available online through January 29.

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Webinar: Putting the ‘AT’ in mATh: Making Math More Accessible with Assistive Technology-February 2

Webinar: Putting the ‘AT’ in mATh: Making Math More Accessible with Assistive Technology-February 2This webinar will look at strategies to make math instruction more accessible by improving the structure of materials, incorporating low-tech assistive technology, and using text-to-speech, handwriting, and speech recognition supports. Register for a one-hour webinar held on February 2 at noon or 3p.m.

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Digital Equity Training Support

Digital Equity Training SupportA relatively new Virginia-specific organization, UnisonEDU’s mission is to provide world-class training support to all school districts in need, at reduced rates, just as they have done with West Point Public Schools. The group offers PD in many areas including Google Workspace, Tech for online and hybrid learning, leadership, and more! Check …

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Collaborative Planning for Content and Language Integration

Collaborative Planning for Content and Language IntegrationJoin educators from across the Commonwealth for a “Watch Party” to watch a recording about collaborative planning on January 27 at 4 p.m. Participants will stop at key points to share ideas, reflect, and ask questions. Ideas and questions in the January series will help guide the development of Standards Crosswalks and …

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Catalyzing Change in K-12 Mathematics Book Talks

Catalyzing Change in K-12 Mathematics Book TalksVDOE and the Virginia Council of Mathematics Specialists are excited to partner in offering Catalyzing Change in K-12 Mathematics Book Talks beginning in February.  The sessions will provide an opportunity for mathematics teachers, specialists, and coaches to engage in critical conversations around the need for change in mathematics education in Virginia. Participants …

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Content Instruction with Multilingual Learners

Content Instruction with Multilingual LearnersJoin Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira (researcher, educator and author), as she shares what she has learned about quality instruction for ELs within content area settings. Sign up for the January 25 webinar.

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New World Language Teaching Methods Online Course

New World Language Teaching Methods Online CourseThis is a new asynchronous online course in World Language Teaching Methods at UVA. EDIS 5490- World Languages Teaching Methods will be available from February 1–May 6. PreK-12 educators may be eligible for discounted tuition. For more information, email Courtney Sullivan.

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Virginia Dual Language/Immersion Day-February 27

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Virginia Dual Language/Immersion Day-February 27Join VDOE and VADLEN for a virtual DLI in A Day conference on February 27, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Anyone interested in Dual Language Immersion Education is invited to attend. Registration is free and available online through January 29.

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VKRP Fall Survey Remains Open Through January 29!

Did You Know? VKRP Fall Survey Remains Open Through January 29!  Share your experiences with instruction, assessment, and data use this fall on the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program survey by January 29. Teachers and administrators received a unique link to the survey via their division email accounts. The survey can be completed over multiple sessions if …

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Grant for Tuition Scholarships for Licensed High School Teachers to be Considered Faculty to Teach Dual Enrollment

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Grant for Tuition Scholarships for Licensed High School Teachers to be Considered Faculty to Teach Dual Enrollment:  The criteria for the grant was revised during the Special Session of the General Assembly. No longer do teachers need to be enrolled in a teacher preparation program to be eligible for the tuition scholarships. School divisions may apply …

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Digital Tools to Help English Learners-January 14

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Digital Tools to Help English Learners-January 14 The Institute for Student Achievement presenters will demonstrate digital tools to use with English learners in the virtual or blended classroom. Participants explore the use of apps to promote EL’s speaking, reading, and writing skills and ways to use these tools to differentiate. The theme of social-emotional support for ELs …

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GMU School of Education Webinar Series

GMU School of Education Webinar SeriesGeorge Mason University is hosting a series of free webinars for Virginia Teachers on various topics to support instruction. Click on the session links for more information: Jan. 7:  Creating and Maintaining a Community of Learners at a DistanceJan. 12:Math Routines and Rich Tasks for Distance LearningJan. 13:Engaging in Authentic Community-based Mathematics …

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Basic Computer Course

The link below is the registration link for the Basic Computer Course being offered. We would like to offer this course to ISS Monitors, Safety Monitors, Teacher Assistants, and Maintenance. Location: CCAPTime: 5:00 PM – 8:00PM Choice 1: 1/25, 1/26, 1/28Choice 2: 2/1, 2/2, 2/4 Registration Required: Interested staff contact Denise Russell, 757-925-6754 *This course is offered as a part of the …

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Teacher Institute-Due April 30

This free institute is for upper elementary and middle school teachers from July 12 – 15 at Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg. The focus will be on 17th century Virginia history and cultures that converged at Jamestown. Participants will explore primary sources and collaborate with fellow teachers to develop lessons and performance tasks to use in the …

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Shared Services Distance Learning Course Offering@Paul D. Camp

CAMP Community College has a long list of online classes that are offering this spring semester.  Please search the college website “Shared Services Distance Learning” to see a list of great online courses.  You may also contact me at alawrence@pdc.edu.  

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The ESOL Praxis Preparation Workshop

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The ESOL Praxis Preparation Workshop is intended for kindergarten through grade 12 educators seeking to add an ESL endorsement to their Virginia teaching license. The virtual training will present and engage participants in research-based instructional strategies for the instruction of English Learners (ELs), while providing preparation for the ESOL PRAXIS subject assessment exam.   The ESOL Preparation Workshop is offered free …

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Webinars

CBF is offering a series of webinars for teachers. Whether it’s a connection between critters and habitat that we weren’t aware of, a research paper that changes thinking, or an innovative technology  that shows promise for promoting cleaner water, CBF experts are bringing a variety of webinars directly to teachers. Space is limited so register today!

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Educational Leadership at Old Dominion University Transforming Today’s Educators Into Tomorrow’s Leaders Monarch Lead Cohorts & Ph.D. Cohort

Would you like to be a lead teacher, assistant principal, principal, work at the central office, or serve in another school leadership position?  Become a transformative leader through Monarch Lead at ODU!  You can continue to work full-time and earn your Master’s or Educational Specialist degree and PK-12 Administration and Supervision endorsement in a convenient live and online format.   Or, if …

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Virginia ASCD

Fostering a Strong Community in a Virtual ClassroomLeah Henry shares her steps for transitioning her classroom culture from the school room to the digital platform. Create an Inclusive, Supportive School Culture — Even (and Especially)During Distance LearningEmily Doerr offers advice to administrators and teachers for maintainingpositive, inclusive cultures during remote learning. 7 Activities to Build …

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UVA Curry School of Education M.ED. IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION (ONLINE)

Dear Educator, The fully online M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development has added two new areas of emphasis. Recently, the online master’s programs were ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The Professional Studies area of emphasis will provide provisionally licensed teachers an …

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Virginia Wesleyan University National Board Certification Support Program (CCSC)

Learn More at the following website: https://www.vwu.edu/enrollment-aid/evening-and-weekend/national-board-certification-support.php The website describes the many benefits of this certification on K-12 students, their schools, and the school district as a whole. Teachers may be surprised at the increased income that the Virginia Board of Education provides for NBCTs as well.

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SUFFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATIVE COHORT

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How to Build Strong Relationships with Students if You’re Starting the Year Online: Principles and Practices

So you’re starting the school year as a distance educator and you have no idea how to build strong relationships with students you’ve never met in person. Before the hyperventilation kicks in, let’s center on a few grounding principles. Please check out this article about building relationships with students when starting the school year virtually.  

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Equity Learning Institute

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Please check back frequently. We’ll be adding more free and paid content soon! Welcome to the Equity Learning Institute, the virtual learning portal of the Equity Literacy Institute. In addition to offering the courses listed below, we create customized professional learning modules for schools, school districts, institutions of higher education, and other organizations. Use the …

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Kahoot Certification

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What is Kahoot! Certified for schools? Email notification needs to be submitted, not the certificate in Frontline.  Welcome to Kahoot! Certified for schools, our free program to help you become the ultimate Kahoot! superhero. You can maximize learning with Kahoot!, score awesome diplomas and digital badges, and you could be eligible to claim professional learning …

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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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Regent University Discount for ALL SPS Employees AND THEIR FAMILIES

Earn a degree that will challenge you with higher learning to advance your career, and greater knowing to transform your character. That’s what makes for real power—and real difference. Regent University’s programs are rooted in educational excellence and structured to promote leadership skills. And with our flexible online degree options, you’ll be able to fit …

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