ILTs learning to become change agents

Supportive. Empowering. Relationship builder. Those were a few of the many words that the 24 instructional leadership teams (ILT) attending the first session of the new Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Leadership Academy shared with each other and then wrote on large sheets of paper when asked to describe mentors who impacted their lives. Read More…

VBCPS staff invited to 2nd annual Joy Fair Feb. 28

Joy Ambassadors and the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation invite all staff members to attend the school division’s Joy Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Operational Smile headquarters at 3641 Faculty Blvd. in Virginia Beach. Similar to last year’s event, attendees are invited to enjoy the fun the entire time Read More…

Tweet this week with fellow VBCPS educators about “Mindful” strategies

Join other Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) educators on Twitter this Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. for an hour of rich dialogue about incorporating “Mindfulness” into your work, classroom or life. Akilah Ellison, professional learning specialist with the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) will moderate the chat. According to her, mindfulness Read More…

Congratulations to VBCPS’ newest National Board Certified Teachers

Congratulations to the school division’s 24 newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) as well as those who renewed their certifications. NBCTs received their notifications in December while staff receiving renewals were notified in October. These newest honorees now bring the school division’s total of NBCTs to 144 – the fourth highest in the Commonwealth. This Read More…

Download a good summer book from the division’s Virtual Reference Library

Need a good book to read this summer? Try the school division’s Virtual Reference Library (VRL), maintained by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI). The online library houses nearly 500 books specifically of interest to educators, including books from professional organizations such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); National Science Read More…

Program prepares assistant principals to become effective VBCPS leaders

When asked what she thought about the Assistant Principals (AP) Pathways program, College Park Elementary School Assistant Principal Penney Fonville replied without hesitation. “It feels really good that what I’m learning here is what I’m hearing in Teaching and Learning.” Asked that same question, Great Neck Middle School Assistant Principal Thomas Quinn described it as Read More…

VBCPS hosts first-ever Joy Fair

“Today they were writing full sentences!” exclaimed extended-day kindergarten teacher Amanda Tatum when she stopped by the “Tell me Something Good” station at the school division’s first-ever Joy Fair, held Feb. 22 at College Park Elementary School. After participating in a disk drop game, this Point O’View Elementary School teacher was enthusiastically sharing with staff Read More…