VDOE TeacherDirect September 11, 2019

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September 11, 2019

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Did You Know?
September will mark the seventh annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign and an opportunity to rally supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement. VDOE in collaboration with Attendance Works, has created a 12 module series entitled Attendance and Truancy Among Virginia Students. The modules include a Participant/Facilitator Guide and will assist schools and divisions in looking at current practice and at ways to improve future practice. See Superintendent’s Memo 205-19 for more information.


2019 History and Social Science Deeper Learning Conference Registration is Now Open!
Register today! This professional development will focus on engaging instruction that aligns to the 2015 HSS Standards and Curriculum Framework. Elementary sessions include support for literacy instruction and the development of performance tasks and assessments. Secondary sessions will focus on pedagogical practices for the use of information sources, reading and writing, the development performance tasks and assessments, and ways to integrate the Standards for a more comprehensive approach to instruction.  Questions about registration, email Nancy Rakes. Questions about the conference, email Christonya Brown, History and Social Science Coordinator or Brandi McCracken, Elementary HSS Specialist or Taylor Snow, English/HSS Specialist. 

2019 Mathematics Institutes
The K-12 Developing Deeper Learning through Rich Mathematical Tasks to be held in October/November were announced through a superintendent's email on August 26. The Institute will provide teachers and mathematics leaders with PD focused on effective mathematics instruction with particular emphasis on the implementation of rich mathematical tasks to support deeper learning opportunities for students and to strengthen locally-designed curricula. Each division superintendent or designee will select a division-level contact who will identify and register up to eight team members. For additional information, email mathematics@doe.virginia.gov.

2019 English Deeper Learning Conference Registration is Now Open!
This Conference will provide professional development that focuses on continued implementation of engaging instruction that aligns to the 2017 English Standards and Curriculum Framework. Elementary sessions include support for grades 3-5 literacy instruction, the development of grade 5 writing local assessments, and planning for instruction of K-3 students with UVA PALS. PALS will hold their annual division representatives meeting at each location. Secondary sessions will focus on pedagogical practices for middle school reading and writing, the development and scoring of local performance assessments to verify credits in writing, and integrating the Standards for a more comprehensive approach to instruction. Register today! Questions about registration, email Nancy Rakes. Questions about the conference, email Jill Nogueras, English Coordinator or Carmen Kurek, Elementary English and Reading Specialist.

Instructional Resources for September 11th 
The following is a list of a few resources for teaching September 11.  The lessons and resources will help provide context.

Performance Assessment: Opening Doors to Deeper Learning- Oct. 9
This VASS workshop will help teachers and administrators broaden their understanding of how performance assessments (PA) and tasks can be developed as part of a balanced assessment system. During the workshop, Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis examine the qualities of effective PA as well as explore their potential to enhance instruction, provide deeper learning, and assess the outcomes outlined in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Join your peers in Williamsburg and register today!

Learning Forward Virginia PBL Institute-October 24-26
Project Based Learning is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. For registration and additional information, please go to Learning Forward Virginia

Co-Teaching Mathematics Instructional Plans
Additional Co-Teaching Mathematics Instructional Plans have been added to the VDOE website for the new school year. Co-teaching teams are encouraged to utilize these plans! Check them out today!

VASCD Southside Symposium-November 9
This one-day professional development opportunity will be held at the New College Institute in Martinsville. Conference sessions are led by award winning teachers from across the Commonwealth. Conversations with mentor teachers will occur throughout the event, providing a small-group setting for questions and discussion. The registration deadline is October 25.

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
Read all about it! This article provides information about best practices when teaching English learners.

Virginia War Memorial Veterans Day Essay Concert
This year’s prompt asks students to write about a Virginian in the military from the 20th or 21st century who inspires you. Students are encouraged to think of members of their families and communities in addition to historical figures when considering the subject. The contest is open to all Virginia middle and high school students, and a winner will be chosen from each age category. Winners and their teachers receive a prize and will be given the opportunity to attend the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony to read their winning submission aloud. Apply today!

Check out the Newly Created VDOE Desmos Activities Log!
Many of the existing Desmos created activities, as well as activities created by Virginia educators, have been reviewed and aligned to the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and included on the Virginia Department of Education Desmos Activity Log.  This log, an Excel spreadsheet, contains a tab for each grade-level/mathematics course from Grade 2 through Algebra II.  Each grade level sheet includes a list of SOL-aligned activities with a brief description and direct link to the activity on the Desmos website.

8th Annual VACMS- October 4
The Virginia Council of Mathematics Specialists Conference, Coaching: Purposeful Planning for Visible Impact, will be held at the University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus.  The conference strands include Coaching for Effective Teaching: Enhance instruction and Enhancing Math Leaders' Skills. Register today!

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.

Superintendent's Memo of Interest to Teachers