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This may show you just how much of an impact @JMU Youth Programs year-round programming has on our young people, how much incredible fun they have in our educational experiences, and you can help open doors for more young people this Giving Day, March 23rd! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjUO8_kaovU

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This may show you just how much of an impact our year-round programming has on our young people, how much incredible fun they have in our educational experiences, and you can help open doors for more young people! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjUO8_kaovU

#JMUGivingDay #bethechange

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Congratulations to Virginia Ed Strategies for receiving a $10.8 million grant from the US Department of Education to develop the Professional Learning by Choice Community (CHOICE). This program will increase teacher effectiveness and improve in-person, remote and hybrid instruction in science, mathematics and computer science. Thankful for having you in Region 3!
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JUST ANNOUNCED: The JMU College of Education is partnering with the Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Ed Strategies on a $10.8 million federal grant to improve in-person, remote and hybrid instruction in science, mathematics and computer science and build a greater capacity for professional development among STEM educators.
CodeVA is proud to partner with Virginia Ed Strategies and Virginia Department of Education - VDOE on this U.S. Department of Education grant serving Virginia’s teachers in rural school divisions.
Did you miss our January department newsletter? Click here to read our stories and hear how we've been growing and thriving, including stories about our affiliate organizations such as Virginia Ed Strategies https://www.jmu.edu/news/pce/2020/11-11-virginia-ed-strategies.shtml
Sometimes all it takes is taking it a day at a time and drawing upon the strength of your community. #wereinthistogether #findsmalljoys JMU College of Education Shenandoah Valley Partnership Virginia Ed Strategies Campus Compact for Virginia
Our #partners are doing great things across the state of #Virginia!

In February of 2019, the Board of Directors for Virginia Ed Strategies selected Jennifer Stevens as the next President and CEO for their organization. Just 15 short months later, Jennifer to discuss her work over the last year and what’s next on the horizon for Virginia Ed Strategies.

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Join Virginia Ed Strategies and family engagement expert/author, Dion Chavis, as he shares practical tips and strategies to promote strategic family and school partnerships. Dion will share how a focus on family engagement can be a powerful reform strategy for any school. Effective tips to support male engagement will also be highlighted in this webinar.

Register today by visiting https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4222304275287507723 and forward this message to your community stakeholders to invite them to participate in this #FREE #webinar, too!

Dion is an accomplished radio professional, author, and trainer who uses his voice to help guide the lives of young people while also promoting the importance of responsible parenting and youth engagement. He has made writing contributions to several online publications such as The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, www.fatherhood.gov, and more. As a speaker and trainer he delivers keynotes, training, and workshop presentations to schools, juvenile justice facilities, police departments, and other organizations about the importance of tearing down walls and building bridges with young people. As a community leader he works to close the achievement gap and increase awareness about the importance of responsible fatherhood. He is also a proud husband and father of two beautiful children who are the motivation behind his organization The Glad Dad, LLC.
Join this webinar hosted by Virginia Ed Strategies to learn how New Horizons Regional Educational Center and Newport News Public Schools are preparing students with innovative work-based learning experiences to compete, succeed and excel in tomorrow's workforce.

Leading the discussion will be Casey Roberts, Executive Director New Horizons Regional Education Centers and Dr. George Parker, Superintendent Newport News Public Schools.

Register today by visiting https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5349357569186466061 and forward this message to your community stakeholders to invite them to participate in this #FREE #webinar, too!
MWC senior vice president, Laura Fornash, leads a panel on challenges & successes of #Virginia's Talent Pipeline at
Virginia Advanced Study Strategies #StrategiesXchange. MWC senior vice president and director of infrastructure & #economicdevelopment, Chris Lloyd, joins the panel discussion.
Today: MWC senior advisor, Jim D**e, and senior vice presidents, Laura Fornash and Chris Lloyd, join Virginia Advanced Study Strategies at #StrategiesXchange to discuss initiatives for #Virginia's talent pipeline shortages, as well as its challenges and successes: https://www.vaadvstudies.org/

Virginia Ed Strategies is dedicated to ensuring excellence and innovation in our future workforce through effective K-12 education and business partnerships.

We have garnered over $33m in public and private funding since 2007 in support of our mission. Statewide nonprofit organization partnering with schools, businesses, and other stakeholders to develop and implement best practices that align education with workforce needs and improve academic and career outcomes for students

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04/01/2022

Jump on this webinar April 13 at 2:00 PM to listen to Jennifer Fisher-Johnny Stevens as she joins other grantees to discuss the logistics and challenges of offering teacher-directed PD. Their discussion will be moderated by a member of Learning Forward.

Register for the April 13 webinar: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_ZXxg3oYfRN6JaFyTNsMd3A

Board of Education Business Meeting 03/17/2022 03/17/2022

Board of Education Business Meeting 03/17/2022

Delighted to be at the Board of Education meeting today, celebrating all of the Regional Teachers of the Year as well as the Virginia 2021 Teacher of the Year!! Congratulations!

Board of Education Business Meeting 03/17/2022

Youngkin administration's report on 'divisive concepts' criticized by Virginia superintendents 03/12/2022

Youngkin administration's report on 'divisive concepts' criticized by Virginia superintendents

Ben Kiser, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, said that superintendents weren’t consulted during the development of the report and didn’t receive a copy before it was made public.

Youngkin administration's report on 'divisive concepts' criticized by Virginia superintendents The Virginia Association of School Superintendents wrote to the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction outlining its problems with a recent interim report.

02/25/2022

We are delighted to welcome our newest team member, Stephanie Keister! She comes to us with 15 years of experience in education and is excited to put her research experience to work on behalf of our organization.

Learn more about Stephanie: https://virginiaedstrategies.org/about-us/staff/-Keister

02/25/2022

We were so excited to bring Alicia Belcher on as our Instructional Specialist this past June! Alicia was an RMIN teacher originally and we knew that her insight, dedication, and drive made her the perfect person to lead our CHOICE Instructional Coaches. We appreciate the amazing job she's been doing since coming onboard!

Learn more about Alicia: https://virginiaedstrategies.org/about-us/staff/-Belcher

02/25/2022

We're excited to announce that we have two new team members and we're looking to hire one more! Be sure to check out our introduction posts for our newest members and our Administrative & Fiscal Services Specialist job posting!

01/06/2022

VDOE News: Rosa Atkins Named Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

Congratulations Dr. Rosa Atkins!

VDOE News: Rosa Atkins Named Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction VDOE News: Rosa Atkins Named Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Virginia Department of Education sent this bulletin at 01/05/2022 10:03 AM EST Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Rosa S. Atkins, Ed.D | Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction For Immediate Release:....

01/06/2022

VDOE News: VDOE Announces $12 Million for Teacher Recruitment and Retention

"It is our hope that this grant opportunity will not only lead to an increase in the number of fully licensed teachers, but will also help foster a culture of lifelong learning and a supportive community for all school employees."

VDOE News: VDOE Announces $12 Million for Teacher Recruitment and Retention VDOE News: VDOE Announces $12 Million for Teacher Recruitment and Retention Virginia Department of Education sent this bulletin at 01/04/2022 11:00 AM EST Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. For Immediate Release: January 4, 2022Contact: Ken Blackstone 804-225-2543 VDOE Announc...

12/14/2021

Don't forget to join us today for the Interactive Virtual Meeting at 4 pm where Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will review the components of the motivation formula and discuss ways to help teachers apply the formula to improve their own motivation. Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItd--ppz4jH9BTuhXTFMG30XKe5TWsME-1

11/17/2021

Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will join us at the next Interactive Virtual Meeting on December 14th at 4 pm to review the components of the motivation formula and discuss ways to help teachers apply the formula to improve their own motivation. Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItd--ppz4jH9BTuhXTFMG30XKe5TWsME-1

11/16/2021

Don't forget to join us today at 4pm for the Interactive Virtual Meeting. Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will join us to explore the cost component of the motivation formula! Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcscuqsrDwqH9yWwOjiSVjEnx2yzDliL2h8

10/21/2021

We are excited to share that Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will join us at the next Interactive Virtual Meeting on November 16th at 4 pm to explore the cost component of the motivation formula! Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcscuqsrDwqH9yWwOjiSVjEnx2yzDliL2h8

10/19/2021

Don't forget to join us today at 4pm for the Interactive Virtual Meeting. Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will join us to explore the value component of the motivation formula! Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO6hqjopH9J6AE1dNPTpNmPszeiOsd8F

The 10 fastest-growing jobs of the next decade that don't require a bachelor's degree 10/02/2021

The 10 fastest-growing jobs of the next decade that don't require a bachelor's degree

There are three trends driving the rise of nearly all these jobs: heightened demand for sustainable energy, an aging population and renewed interest in self-care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 10 fastest-growing jobs of the next decade that don't require a bachelor's degree Many of the jobs require a high school diploma, associate’s degree, or a post-secondary non-degree award.

09/23/2021

We are excited to share that Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will join us at the next Interactive Virtual Meeting on October 19th at 4 pm to explore the value component of the motivation formula! Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdO6hqjopH9J6AE1dNPTpNmPszeiOsd8F

09/21/2021

Please join us today at 4:00 pm for the Expansion meeting. Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will lead us in a deeper exploration of growth mindset and explain how a growth-minded classroom can increase student motivation. Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtduqtrDgsHNCwFdJHdI9q9bjHeNjoFCms

These Are the 10 Most Educated States in America 09/03/2021

These Are the 10 Most Educated States in America

See where Virginia falls.

These Are the 10 Most Educated States in America Northeast states perform the best when it comes to educational attainment.

Schools Must Connect Learning to Real-World Experience. Service Learning Can Help. - EdSurge News 09/02/2021

Schools Must Connect Learning to Real-World Experience. Service Learning Can Help. - EdSurge News

Only one in 10 teachers believe their schools are very successful at developing students’ abilities to apply knowledge to real-world situations, making courses relevant to students’ futures, and developing students’ social and emotional skills.

Schools Must Connect Learning to Real-World Experience. Service Learning Can Help. - EdSurge News As communities across the country prepare for the upcoming school year, there is cause for long-awaited optimism. Many students will be returning to ...

Advice | How to Prepare for the Next Phase of Hybrid Teaching 09/01/2021

Advice | How to Prepare for the Next Phase of Hybrid Teaching

As we look ahead to the fall we have an opportunity to rethink how to leverage online & hybrid learning to deliver content, but, also how to use educators' growing expertise with technology to make teaching and learning more accessible for everyone.

Advice | How to Prepare for the Next Phase of Hybrid Teaching Some faculty members will continue to teach online and hybrid courses this fall. Here’s what they’ll need.

09/01/2021

Join a professional learning community for teacher leaders, aspiring teacher leaders, as well as researchers and administrators interested in teacher leadership. This interactive site connects teacher leaders to further their work to improve schools, affect policy, and re-envision the future of STEM teaching and learning. Join the Active Member Network, view STEM teacher leader videos, participate in monthly interactive sessions, and connect with a specific interest group.

EXCITING NEWS! The funded STEM Teacher Leadership Network is officially launched! Join working together to effect change in – Become a member today at: https://stemtlnet.org/ This free membership is open to all , , & , so join now!

How can school leaders support new teachers amid fall returns? 08/31/2021

How can school leaders support new teachers amid fall returns?

School leaders should offer affirmation and celebrate success, narrow focus to avoid information overload, recognize fears are legitimate, and make sure teachers have opportunities to express concerns about work and health across the school community.

How can school leaders support new teachers amid fall returns? The new academic year will continue to bring unique challenges as COVID-19's impacts loom in school communities.

08/30/2021

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OPINION: The pandemic challenged school administrators, but didn’t break us 08/30/2021

OPINION: The pandemic challenged school administrators, but didn’t break us

The pandemic reinforced something else that superintendents have known for years: A productive, collaborative school board and community can mitigate some conflict and contribute to growth and success.

OPINION: The pandemic challenged school administrators, but didn’t break us School and district leaders are an amazingly resilient group of professionals, and nearly all will persevere.

These Are The Top 25 Communities for Education in the U.S. 08/27/2021

These Are The Top 25 Communities for Education in the U.S.

There are the 25 communities that scored the highest for education in the Healthiest Communities analysis and five of them (including #1) are in Virginia.

These Are The Top 25 Communities for Education in the U.S. These counties excel in U.S. News Healthiest Communities metrics such as school proximity and share of the population with an advanced degree. Did yours make the cut?

08/26/2021

The next Expansion meeting will be Tuesday, September 21st, at 4:00 pm. At this meeting, Kenn Barron and Kyle Schultz will lead us into a deeper exploration of growth mindset and explain how a growth-minded classroom can increase student motivation. Register in advance at this link: https://virginiaedstrategies-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtduqtrDgsHNCwFdJHdI9q9bjHeNjoFCms

Report: How to Blur the Line Between High School and College 08/26/2021

Report: How to Blur the Line Between High School and College

The case for an entirely new type of institution—neither high school nor college—designed specifically to better meet the needs of young people after 10th grade and help prepare them to succeed in the world of work.

Report: How to Blur the Line Between High School and College Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit focused on education and the workforce, released a report Tuesday that argues for a “radical restructuring of education for grades 11-14.” It advocates for a new kind of education institution that is neither high school nor college starting after the sec...

08/25/2021

Scott Kizner, your friends at Virginia Ed Strategies thank you for your many years serving Virginia’s children, and we wish you all the best in your retirement!

A Post-Pandemic Opportunity to Think Differently About Instructional Time 08/25/2021

A Post-Pandemic Opportunity to Think Differently About Instructional Time

The seat-time system constrains the ability of educators to meet their students where they are academically and to provide the necessary personalized supports to help students either accelerate to mastery or go deeper in the content.

A Post-Pandemic Opportunity to Think Differently About Instructional Time Don’t abandon newfound flexibility. Increase it.

PROOF POINTS: Three reports on student achievement during the pandemic - The Hechinger Report 08/24/2021

PROOF POINTS: Three reports on student achievement during the pandemic - The Hechinger Report

Recent reports on student achievement identify math as the area of largest learning loss during the pandemic. However, achievement gaps vary by state, family, and socioeconomic status. What strategies can Virginia K-12 teachers implement to address math learning loss for our students?

PROOF POINTS: Three reports on student achievement during the pandemic - The Hechinger Report Three new reports on student achievement during the pandemic all point to larger declines in math than in reading and widening gaps between the haves and have-nots. But describing exactly how students are doing academically is proving to be a challenge when school closures and pandemic experiences v...

Why the Future of Work Needs a Shared Language to Describe Skills - EdSurge News 08/24/2021

Why the Future of Work Needs a Shared Language to Describe Skills - EdSurge News

For education institutions, a common skills language will bring greater consistency and interoperability to course descriptions and outcomes, credentials, and academic records.

Why the Future of Work Needs a Shared Language to Describe Skills - EdSurge News Today, job seekers rely on outdated methods to communicate their abilities and work experiences. The status quo fails to capture the full spectrum of ...

NPC 2021: How can principals build, strengthen equity mindset in schools? 08/23/2021

NPC 2021: How can principals build, strengthen equity mindset in schools?

Principals must ask themselves whether they want to be leaders or managers, and they must also consider how to address learning experiences to make sure the right opportunities are provided for students, and that students are learning how to be the best individuals they possibly can.

NPC 2021: How can principals build, strengthen equity mindset in schools? Philadelphia principals detailed the need for systemic change and the crucial role of a strong school community, teacher diversity and partnerships.

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