Will fewer tests mean more learning? VASCD Executive Director Laurie McCullough offers one perspective.
This spring, action by the Virginia General Assembly eliminated five SOL tests. It’s a small but significant positive step. Unfortunately, the conversation that has ensued makes one wonder if we’ve gone so far down the high-stakes multiple-choice rabbit hole that we have lost sight of what students really need.
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.
Fair Isn’t Always Equal
September 12, 2014, Richmond WE'RE SORRY, THIS SESSION IS FULL. Please check out our other professional development offerings.
Rick Wormeli offers the latest research combined with common sense thinking to help teachers make sense of assessment and grading practices in today's differentiated classrooms.
Building and Using High Quality Classroom Performance Assessment
September 24, 2014, William and Mary, Williamsburg
This session is for teachers who are ready to build more authentic assessment into their instruction, and want to be sure they are doing it in a quality way. This session is designed primarily for grades 3-8 teachers of science and social studies.
Building Mathematical Thinking Kindergarten Through Algebra: Strategies for Teachers
Oct 2 and 23 in Lynchburg 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.
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