News & Updates

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Join us in Williamsburg on Dec. 3-5!

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Support the National Whole Child Resolution!

​On July 8, 2014 a National Whole Child Resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives. We can help pass it!

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Nominate a colleague!

VASCD will present our annual awards to Virginia educators on December 4, 2014. Nominations are due by Sept. 30.
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VASCD Speaks

SOL Testing: Not Enough or Too Much?

Some compelling observations about high school students and SOL retests from Regina Meredith and the counseling team at Salem High School.

Among the most important events in a child’s life are the first day of kindergarten and high school graduation. For some of our students who are working to earn a standard diploma, attending high school graduation might never happen.  Not because they haven’t met course requirements, not because they aren’t ready for the world, but because they have failed to pass a required multiple choice SOL test.  

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Virginia ASCD Online Resources


Read past issues of Virginia Educational Leadership and our quarterly newsletter. Materials from recent conferences and institutes are also found here.

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Virginia Educational Leadership Journal is published exclusively online. This peer-reviewed journal highlights some of the best innovative and scholarly work being done by Virginia educators.

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Legislative Updates

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Welcome to Virginia ASCD

Advancing Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Leading

Virginia ASCD, an affiliate of ASCD, is a membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Virginia's schools. We are teachers, superintendents, university professors, building leaders, teacher education students, and central office leaders. We represent a variety of roles, but we share a single purpose- ensuring a world-class education for every Virginia student.

Each year, VASCD sponsors several one-day Professional Development Institutes and two conferences, which provide outstanding professional learning opportunities for Virginia educators. Through our influence work, we promote education policy that is driven by what we know about teaching and learning. Our publications not only keep members informed, but also provide access to scholarly work being done by Virginia educators. 

Upcoming Events

Building and Using High Quality Classroom Performance Assessment

September 24, 2014, William and Mary,

***This session is now FULL. We will be offering it again in the Fall. Check back soon for the date/time.***

Chris Gareis, Associate Professor at the College of William and Mary will open the session with key concepts on performance assessment design. Practitioners who use performance assessments with their students will lead breakout sessions, sharing their examples and experiences. This session is designed primarily for grades 3-8  teachers of science and social studies. 

Location: William & Mary Professional Development Center - 301 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg VA. Area Hotels

Session begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.

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Building Mathematical Thinking Kindergarten Through Algebra: Strategies for Teachers

Oct 2 and 23 in Campbell County or Oct 4 and 27 in Abingdon

​This institute is designed to help elementary and middle school teachers plan and teach with rich mathematical tasks. These tasks help students learn to use mathematical process skills while providing a structure for mathematical discussion and higher- level thinking.

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Communicating, Collaborating, Coaching: How Great Instructional Coaches Work With Teachers

Oct. 7, 2014, Daleville

This session is for instructional coaches, specialists, lead teachers, anyone whose job is assisting teachers to provide high-quality instruction for students.

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Effective Strategies to Improve Children’s Abilities to Control their Behaviors and Emotions

Oct 9 and Nov 6, Willliamsburg

​This session, especially designed for PreK and Kindergarten teachers, teaches evidence-based strategies to reduce children’s display of disruptive behaviors by facilitating their self-regulation skills

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2014 Annual Conference: School is for Innovators

December 3-5, 2014 , Doubletree by Hilton, Williamsburg

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