VDOE TeacherDirect August 21, 2019

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Virginia Department of Education

Teacher Direct

August 21, 2019

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Welcome Back!  VDOE is presenting a series of webinars focused on equity strategies and resources for schools and school divisions.  Instructional leaders and administrators may register for the webinars by visiting the Virginia is For Learners website.


VDOE Understand Scoring Update
To support school divisions in implementing local high school performance assessments to verify credits in writing, the Understand Scoring application has a new section with anchor papers and practice sets written by Virginia students in response to performance tasks. Educators will be able to review the anchor papers with annotations, the rubric for scoring local performance assessments, and then practice scoring student papers. For teachers who need to create an account, select the “Sign Up” button on the Understand Scoring home page and use the keyword “Virginia” when prompted. By using the "Guest User" function, this program may be used with students to facilitate student understanding of the expectations in each of the domains. 

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Write to Learn Fall Conference
The Shenandoah Valley Writing Project will be holding their annual Write to Learn Conference on September 14. on the Shenandoah University campus in Winchester.  This year’s keynote workshop will be held by A.J. Juliani, an educator who focuses on inquiry and project based learning.  The annual conference is open to all teachers in every content, K-University.

New WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops-Sept 1
WIDA offers Professional Learning that you can complete when you want, where you want, and at your own pace.Complete the eWorkshops individually or expand your learning with your local professional learning community. Sign up today!

Virginia LinguaFolio Online Pilot Project
Encourage your students to be autonomous language learners by setting and documenting their own goals. LinguaFolio Online, an e-portfolio tool, is centered on learner proficiency and learner agency. Free accounts are still available to all Virginia public and private school language teachers. 

7th Annual Essay and Video Competition
Submissions for the 7th Annual Essay and Video Competition should assess the contributions of Henrietta Lacks to modern medicine and may include essays or multi-media video. For additional information and a copy of the contest flyer, email hlackslegacy@gmail.com.

Hamilton Education Program
The goal of the Hamilton Education Program is to help students see the relevance of the Founding Era by using primary sources to create a performance piece, following the model used by Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical Hamilton. See Hamilton Education Programs for more information.

2019 FLAVA Conference
Let Languages Unlock Your World will take place on October 3-5 at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg. Register online before Sept 15 to take advantage of Early Bird specials.

Introducing Catalyst – Reflective Learning for Educators.
Catalyst is a free tool that allows world language educators to set professional goals, identify their strengths, and upload evidence and reflections that document their ongoing growth.

2019-2020 Virginia SOL Test Administration Dates
The statewide 2019-2020 Virginia Standards of Learning Test Administration Dates are now available on the VDOE website and detailed within Superintendent’s Memo 103-19. Please share this information with appropriate personnel so that Standards of Learning testing and other activities for the 2019-2020 school year may be scheduled without conflicts.

New Report Available – “Making Languages Our Business”
Have you checked out the “Making Languages Our Business” report? This new data shows a  rising demand for language skills among US employers. Visit the Lead With Languages website to download your copy!

World Language Teaching Methods Modules
The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning has created a series of modules focusing on twelve different aspects of language teaching, each taught by a different expert instructor. Find out more information today!

VaSCL Professional Development Opportunities:

Superintendent's Memo of Interest to Teachers