Division celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

The Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) hosted a reception Feb. 16 to celebrate the division’s five newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 10 honorees who renewed their certifications. PGI leads the division’s support programs for NBCTs. Superintendent Aaron Spence applauded their accomplishment and thanked them for continuing to “have that growth mindset to Read More…

Payne wins 2017 Karen Shinn Award for support of National Board Certification

Sarah Payne, professional learning specialist with the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI), received the 2017 Karen Shinn Award from the Southeastern Virginia (SEVA) National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) Regional Network. The award honors individuals who support and promote National Board Certification. The award’s namesake, Karen Shinn, was a Virginia Beach City Public Schools Read More…

Congratulations to division’s new National Board Certified Teachers

Currently, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has 136 National Board Certified Teachers, making it the fourth highest in Virginia in terms of teachers who have achieved this national distinction. Created by teachers for teachers, National Board Certification is a voluntary, rigorous process. It is the most respected professional certification in education according to the National Read More…

Program develops future leaders from within VBCPS

When asked what prompted her to apply to be part of a two-year Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) program that requires intensive coursework beyond her already busy school day, Landstown High School math teacher Stacy Siock knew exactly the reason. “We’ve all been to graduate school to become administrators so we all did the Read More…

Teaching and Learning teams discuss personalized learning

Beginning in school year 2015-16, a cohort of teachers and specialists was selected to serve as “design fellows” to support the Compass to 2020 goal of providing personalized learning opportunities to all students to prepare them for life after graduation. A second cohort of design fellows was selected this year to continue personalized learning discussions centered on these guiding questions: What Read More…

Teachers tackle personalized learning in VBCPS classrooms

New Castle second-grade student Chloe Rothaug was eagerly aligning her yellow vocabulary cards in neat stacked columns. “We’re aligning them according to short or long letter sounds. It’s so we can have better grammar,” said fellow classmate Amelia Egert. “We get to choose one rotation every day and today we wanted to work on word Read More…