I am new to this role and hope to provide many useful resources and information updates for Virginia teachers and administrators. As a 40-year veteran teacher and teacher educator, I have experience teaching secondary English in the public schools, as an officer in the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE) and in NCTE (I am a former president), and as Commonwealth Professor in the School of Education at VCU. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I will attempt to provide an update on current events and a contact should you need or request information. So much is going on in education and in English language arts—I hope this space will become useful for you and a source of ongoing advocacy for our classrooms and our students–
First, Lynchburg instructional coaches were in the news a few weeks ago; please see this article on how they are teaching teachers. Go, Lynchburg!
Second, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Children’s Cabinet has released its annual report (perhaps many of you know that the Governor *had* a Children’s Cabinet—it was news to me). Accomplishments include work with Petersburg City Public Schools, data and training regarding students staying in school and *out* of the juvenile justice system; and budget recommendations to support Virginia children. For the entire annual report, please clickhere.
Third, these news items and reports from October may be of interest:
Finally, please note these specific resources for Virginia educators, resources you may want to archive for this academic year (thank you Lu Ann McNabb at NCTE):
Virginia Education Association:http://www.veanea.org/home/582.htm
Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute:http://www.cepi.vcu.edu/
Virginia Department of Education:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/
VA DOE Education Legislation:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/legislation/