VDOE TeacherDirect April 8, 2020

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April 8, 2020

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Did You Know? 
VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task  Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local county health departments, families, staff, and local boards of education.


VA TV Classroom
Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that four Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the Commonwealth’s academic standards. Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the VDOE to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options. “VA TV Classroom” will air instructional content beginning April 13 from 1-3 P.M., Monday through Friday. 

GoOpenVA COVID-19 Resources
#GoOpenVA is Virginia's home for Open Educational Resources. Visit #GoOpenVA:COVID-19 Extended Closing Resources  for materials provided by Virginia school divisions to support educational activities when schools are closed. Refer to the Quick Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) to learn more.

Barter Theatre Resources
Barter on Demand Virginia's State Theatre is offering a new On-Demand program to support remote learning. Preview the upcoming show "Peter Pan" and check out the educational resources!

Digital Content Provided by Arts for Learning
Arts for Learning has created “Take 10!” to make the arts virtually accessible to youth and families through live and recorded performances and workshops. Ten minute sessions for dance, music, and storytelling will be live streamed every Tuesday and Thursday, and the sessions can be accessed after they air. Check it out today!

Webinar: Coming Together to Meet the Needs of ELs- April 13
Explore the US Department of Education's Technology Toolkit for English Learners. This Toolkit brings suggestions and resources for educators who want to utilize new technology-based resources to help their ELs.   

VATESOL Town Hall Meetings
VATESOL is hosting weekly Town Hall meetings as a way to connect and share strategies for supporting ELs during extended school closures. Anyone can join. The virtual meetings will take place every Wednesday from 3-4 P.M. from now until June.

Online High School Courses
WHRO is offering to everyone in Virginia access to our twenty-five high school online courses for free during the COVID19 pandemic. Students, teachers, parents and administrators can access the courses at digitallearning.whro.org.

Early Math Teaching Video Collection
The What Works Clearinghouse practice guide Teaching Math to Young Children can be used to support children’s learning of number and operations, geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis. REL Central recently developed several videos to share information from Recommendations 1, 2, and 4 of the  WWC practice guide. Check them out today!

Tools for an Active Home
Games and calendar activities are available for families to use to make their home an Active Home. These resources provide meaningful movement opportunities that progress students toward physical education and social and emotional learning outcomes.

Resources from PALS (Corrected Link)
Visit the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening  PALS website for activities that are available to all families with students for grades PK-3. 

Hip Hop Public Health!
Keep your spirits up, stay healthy and get H.Y.P.E. using a collection of free, fun, standards-based dance breaks that encourage physical activity at home!

African American History Elective Course
On August 24, 2019, Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Virginia Department of Education would work with Virtual Virginia, WHRO Public Media, and committees of history and social science public school educators, university historians, and professors to develop a new African American history elective course for high school students.  VDOE will provide supplementary content and a comprehensive instructor’s guide for the course. Divisions are to use these components as supports to develop the local curriculum for this one credit course.

Coronavirus Information

Updated Coronavirus Information & Resources 
VDOE has been working closely with the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health, and other state agencies to ensure our public schools and communities have the most up-to-date information and resources. The health and safety of our children and staff are our top priorities. Visit COVID-19 & Virginia Public Schools and Frequently Asked Questions for the latest information.

VDOE Licensing of Instructional Personnel and Candidates
VDOE has been fielding questions related to the impact of closings on the licensing of instructional personnel and candidates completing approved educator preparation programs at Virginia colleges and universities. A series of questions and answers to address inquiries and concerns received by the VDOE can be found on the FAQ page on the VDOE website. When possible, modifications to regulations will be made regarding the issuance of licenses and requirements for candidates completing programs at our institutions of higher education. 

Superintendent's Memo of Interest to Teachers