VDOE TeacherDirect July 14, 2021

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July 14, 2021

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Did You Know? 
The statewide 2021-2022 Virginia Assessment Program Test Administration Dates are now available on the VDOE Test Administration webpage and detailed within Superintendent's Memo 182-21. It is important to share this information with appropriate personnel so that Standards of Learning (SOL) testing and other activities for the 2021-2022 school year may be scheduled without conflicts.


Guidance for One-year High School Extensions for Certain Students with Disabilities                                                                                                    VDOE has developed guidance for local school divisions in response to language provided in the 2021 Appropriation Act. As a result of the pandemic, a student with a disability eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), who turned 22 after September 20, 2020, and was scheduled to complete high school in the spring of 2021, shall be given the option for an extension to attend high school for the duration of the 2021-2022 school year.  Additional information is available in Superintendent’s Memo 124-21.

Mathematics Bridging Standards Documents 
These K-8 resources have been created as part of the Virginia LEARNS Resources to assist in the identification of content that can be connected when planning instruction and promoting deeper student understanding. Standards are considered a bridge when they: function as a bridge to which other content within the grade level/course is connected; serve as prerequisite knowledge for content to be addressed in future grade levels/courses; or possess endurance beyond a single unit of instruction within a grade level/course. 

VDOE Fine Arts Virtual Summer Offerings for All K-12 Educators!
Sessions are open to any K-12 educator including fine arts educators, leaders, and general educators interested in arts integration. These amazing offerings can be found on the 2021 VDOE Virtual Fine Arts Summer Institute schedule. Register today for one of the upcoming opportunities from VDOE Fine Arts!  

VAST 2021 Annual Professional Development Institute  
Registration is open for the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Institute which includes onsite and virtual sessions. The virtual institute will take place November 16-18. There will be an add-on in-person PDI PLUS in Harrisonburg on November 19-20. Register today!

SEL Guidance Standards Available to Virginia School Divisions 
VDOE Social Emotional Learning Guidance Standards are now available to Virginia school divisions. As a result of House Bill 753, passed during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly, the VDOE established a uniform definition of social emotional learning and developed guidance standards for social emotional learning for Kindergarten through grade 12. Visit the SEL Guidance Standards webpage for tools and resources to assist with implementation.

VCU 2021 Summer Learning Academy
There is still time! Registration for the VCU Summer Learning Academy has been extended through the summer. There are over 50 different virtual sessions covering over 20 topics, with a variety of formats to suit everyone's schedule. Reduced prices are in place from last year in respect to the financial impact COVID-19. Register today!!

New Time Capsule
Governor Ralph Northam has announced plans to replace a 134-year old time capsule embedded in the pedestal foundation of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond. The Governor is inviting Virginians to suggest new artifacts that will be installed that represents the inclusive, welcoming Commonwealth that is being built together. Artifact submissions will be collected through July 20. For more information about artifact requirements and how to participate in the creation of the new time capsule, visit governor.virginia.gov/timecapsule.

Digital Devices in the Classroom: Health and Safety Guidelines
In January 2020, Virginia legislators passed House Bill 817 requiring the VDOE, in collaboration with the Department of Health and medical professional societies, to develop health and safety guidelines related to the use of digital devices in the classroom. The guidelines and infographic are posted on the VDOE Virtual Teaching and Learning website. School divisions are encouraged to share this information with school personnel and post the information widely through web portals, learning management systems, and social media platforms. 

Trauma Support for Schools Virtual Summit - August 16-17
Join 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.

Literacy Study
SRI Education, a nonprofit research institute, and Age of Learning are  conducting a study of literacy skills in prekindergarten and KG classrooms during the 2021-22 school year. Interested divisions should contact SRI.

Upcoming Webinars from VASCD
Visit VASCD for details and costs on their upcoming webinars:
Session Series: Sept. 16, 21, 23. Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Rubrics. Presenter Eric Carbaugh shares performance tasks and rubric tools.
Session Series: Sept 22, Oct. 6, 22, and Nov 10. Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms-Preparing Learners for Their Future. Presenter Eric Sheninger will share how to prepare students for success now and in the future. 
September 30: Ongoing Assessment and Effective Feedback to Drive Learning. Presenter Eric Carbaugh explores using feedback and formative assessment.
October 5: Don’t Kick Me Out - Invite Me In! (Discipline Through an Equity Lens). Casey Roberts and Kambar Khoshaba emphasize self-regulation and social-emotional learning over exclusion.

Implementation of SB1196/ HB1904 and Cultural Competency Training Requirements
During the 2021 legislative session, the General Assembly passed SB1196 and HB1904 to advance cultural competency training for school staff. Each component of the law will be implemented via action by the State Board of Education. See Superintendent's Memo 164-21 for details. 

Superintendent's Memo of Interest to Teachers