VaSCL (Virginia School Consortium for Learning) Workshops in Charlottesville, VA

Topics for Deeper Learning

Computer Science for All… For the Rest of Us (Grades K-12) Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2019

Topics on Literacy and Numeracy

Math Learning Progressions: Building Pathways for Mathematics Understanding for All Students (Grades 3-8) MLP Workshop III: Algebraic Thinking Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Using Five Processes to Gain Deep Mathematical Understanding (Grades PreK-3) Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2019

Playing the Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game is based on real-life simulation of the stock market. It teaches students how the United States’ economic system functions. Students, in grades 4-12, compete in teams of 2-4 students to invest a virtual $100,000 in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds during a session.

  • Spring 2020 Session Dates: February 3, 2020 - April 17, 2020
  • Year-long Session Dates: September 23, 2019 – April 17, 2020

Each student team costs $10 for the Fall or Spring session and $20 per team for the year-long session. If you are only registering one team, then the cost is $25.

Teachers must pre-register teams online at www.stockmarketgame.org

Introduction to the Stock Market Game Workshop

  • Target Audience: Teachers of grades 4-12
  • Tuesday January 21, 2020
  • 4:30 —7:30 pm at University of Lynchburg in Schewel 110
  • In addition to being a true-to-life playing field for buying/selling stocks and teaching about the U.S. economy, the Stock Market Game™ (SMG) is correlated to the SOLs in economics, personal finance, math, business/marketing, language arts, social studies, and technology. Teachers DO NOT need any knowledge of the stock market to attend this workshop or play the game!
  • Teachers begin the workshop by learning (or reviewing) basic investment terms and strategies for personal and classroom use. After observing the SMG website navigation, teachers practice navigating the website on their own using a self-guided tour. Game participants gain access to a wealth of online curriculum materials designed to make playing the game almost effortless. Participating teachers and winning students will be recognized at the annual Economics Education Awards Reception on May 20, 2020.
  • Curriculum and Dinner provided at workshop.
  • Register by January 16!

VASS Professional Development Events

For more information and to register: www.vassonline.org

  • January 5-7 – Hilton Richmond Downtown – 2020 VASS-VASBO Annual Winter Conference
  • February 5 – Virginia Crossings – “Performance Assessment: A Deeper Dive into Deeper Learning” Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis
  • April 26-28 – Hotel Roanoke – 2020 VASS Annual Spring Conference

CRISS Training

Please see the information below regarding two opportunities to take the CRISS class this school year. We would like all teachers to participate in this workshop during their first two years of employment in BCPS. To earn credit for the CRISS course, participants must attend both dates within a session.

Instructors: Cathey Burks & Sherry Wiese

Dates: Saturday March 21 and Saturday March 28

Time: 8:30-3:30

Location: Bedford County School Board Conference Room

“Building C” at 310 South Bridge Street, Bedford, VA 24523

Workshop Description: This 2 day workshop covers practical strategies to assist students in reading, writing, discussing, and organizing in all content areas. It provides a framework for teachers to determine if they are preparing students for meaningful learning, offering opportunities for active engagement with the content, and providing time for purposeful, thoughtful reflection. The strategies facilitate student ownership of their learning as they become metacognitive and know how to select an appropriate strategy when confronted with unfamiliar content or text. CRISS does not focus on the content of learning, but rather the process.

Participants will be awarded 20 recertification points for attendance at the workshop and for submitting 2 lesson plans incorporating CRISS strategies.

To enroll in this workshop: Teachers should register at least one week prior to the start of class using the Electronic Registrar Online (ERO) system. This can be accessed on the “Human Resources” page of the Bedford County Public Schools website. Should teachers have trouble registering, they should contact Kim Hill khill@bedford.k12.va.us.

The class will be capped at 35 participants.

Children’s Engineering Convention

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council, is sponsoring the Children’s Engineering Convention for grades K-5 teachers and administrators. The Convention will be held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia, February 6-7, 2020.

The Children’s Engineering Convention special interest sessions will highlight best practices and classroom strategies that support instruction in grades K-5 through hands-on design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. These instructional experiences will assist participants in preparing students to:

  • explore how people create, use, and manage technology;
  • apply knowledge in mathematics, science, English, history and social sciences, and the Profile of a Virginia Graduate in solving problems associated with technology; and
  • use tools and materials to develop technological literacy and self-confidence.

You may access the Convention overview here and register here.

K-12 Threat Assessment 1 Day Course

  • Target Audience: K-12 threat assessment team members
  • Locations: (8:00-4:00)
    • December 10, 2019: Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center in Chesterfield , VA
    • March 5, 2020: Wytheville Community College (Grayson Hall, Room 219) 1000 East Main Street Wytheville , VA
  • Help schools comply with VA Code § 22.1-79.4 (creation of threat assessment teams) and § 9.1-184 (collection and reporting of data by threat assessment teams)
  • Goal: provide guidance and training to school threat assessment teams and processes in place as well as those who have new teams or additional staff members who need to be trained.
  • Topics to be covered include:
        • Rationale for a threat assessment approach to violence prevention
        • Why threat assessment is an alternative to zero tolerance and profiling approaches
        • How to conduct a threat assessment
        • The team approach and basic principles
        • Use of the threat assessment decision-tree
        • Distinguishing the various levels of threats (low, moderate, high, and imminent)
        • Safety evaluations for imminent threats
        • Legal issues and confidentiality
        • Research support for threat assessment as an evidence-based practice
        • Group case exercises
        • Steps for implementing threat assessment in your school
  • No cost to attend.
  • Register today.

The Coach Approach

  • WHAT does coaching look like in a school setting?
  • WHY is coaching critical to the development and success of our teachers and administrative personnel?
  • HOW can we most effectively integrate coaching into our schools and school division to bring about positive change?
  • February 12-14 at Hotel Roanoke
  • Cost: $499 (registration and hotel fees included)
  • Led by an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Credentialed Coach and a seasoned school administrator, Coach Approach is a relevant, interactive training that will provide participants with the tools, skills and resources to return to their schools ready to effectively lead their staff. They will be equipped with greater knowledge and understanding of how to use coaching as a means to bring about improvement. This program is designed for anyone who supervises school division employees.
  • Register by February 4.

VDOE Sponsored Free Webinars: Best Practices in Literacy Instruction

Best Practices in K-2 Reading Instruction

  • Participants will review researched best practices in early literacy and learn how to spiral learning structures to promote beginning reading skills.
  • Tuesday, January 14 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, January 16 at 2 p.m.

Best Practices in Grades 3-5 Reading Instruction: The Reading/Writing Connection

  • Conversations with teachers and division-level leaders around best practices in upper elementary reading. Focus will include the use of integrated strands and paired passages for critical thinking and engagement.
  • Tuesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. or Thursday, January 16 at 9 a.m.

Sharing with School Divisions Lessons Learned from Divisions on Best Instructional Practices

  • Webinar aimed at division-level English supervisors and leaders to address findings from the VDOE interviews with schools that maintained or went up in their 2018-2019 Standards of Learning (SOL) Reading data. Collaboration with Assessment Office.
  • Tuesday, January 21 at 2 p.m. or Thursday, January 23 at 9 a.m.

Co-teaching in the English classroom

  • Webinar about best practices in the co-taught classroom. Participants will learn strategies to support students in their literacy journey. Collaboration with the Special Education Office.
  • Tuesday, February 4 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, February 6 at 2 p.m.

Academic Language- English Learners in the English classroom

  • Webinar participants will learn strategies to support ALL learners in their English classrooms. Review of academic language and the scaffolding of supports necessary for success in the general classroom. Collaboration with English Learner Instruction Specialist.
  • Tuesday, February 18 at 2 p.m. or Thursday, February 20 at 9 a.m.

PALS: How to use reports to inform instructional decisions in your school

  • Participants will learn how to interact with the data available in order to make instructional decisions for their classrooms, grade level, and schools.
  • Tuesday, February 11 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, February 13 at 2 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Integrating the English standards into other content areas

  • Participants will review strategies for incorporating reading in the content areas with specific attention to performance tasks in upper elementary and middle school content classrooms.
  • Tuesday, February 11 at 2 p.m. or Thursday, February 13 at 9 a.m.

**Registration links will be made available on the English Standards of Learning webpage as the dates get closer.

Elementary Science Teachers

  • The Department of Forestry and the VDOE have planned a workshop with the purpose of providing teachers with strategies and processes for the implementation of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning and to increase elementary teacher self-efficacy in implementing Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEEs) in their classrooms and communities. This professional development opportunity is funded by a Chesapeake Bay Restoration Grant.
  • The two day professional development for elementary teachers will be held April 2-3, 2020 at the New Kent Forestry Center. Lodging and food will be provided for this professional development experience; however, travel reimbursement to and from the New Kent Forestry Center will not be provided. The New Kent Forestry Center lodging is composed of two twin beds and a bathroom per room. Participants will be sharing rooms at the site.
  • Apply today.

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference

  • March 13-14, 2020 at VCU
  • Focusing on mathematics for the future
  • Themes for the conference include:
    • Productive Struggle with Engaging Tasks
    • Math Identity and Student Agency
    • Making Connections
    • Technology to Enhance Learning
    • Leveraging the Mathematics Teaching Practices
  • Conference Registration Rates: Register today!
    • $125.00: Individual Registration, Early Bird Rate (register by February 1)
    • $150.00: Individual Registration, Regular Rate

Teaching for Creativity: 1 Day Workshop

  • Sponsored by VASCD
  • Creative expression isn’t just for fine arts classes.
    • In every academic area and grade level, we have opportunities to develop students’ creative thinking while learning academic content; when students find their own unique ways to express what they’re learning, they’ll love it more and remember it longer.
    • Join us to explore ways to develop one of Virginia’s “5 C’s” in your classroom!
  • Dr. Ron Beghetto will be presenting.
  • March 17, 2020 in Weyers Cave at Blue Ridge Community College
  • 9:00-3:00
  • Cost $135
  • Register today!

Whole Teacher for the Whole Child

  • Teaching is demanding, and our students have needs that go far beyond just learning content and skills. Even the most passionate, positive and altruistic educators deal with frustration, exhaustion, and heartache. Adults need social-emotional learning too!
  • In this session you will gain tools grounded in science to help you be your best so that you can give your best to the students in your care. Learn how to collect positive experiences, maintain your own well-being and resilience, and take specific steps that will be transformational for you and your students.
  • January 31, 2020
  • 9:00-3:00
  • Midlothian, VA at the Fulghum Center
  • $175 registration fee. Register today!