Virginia Society for Technology in Education

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Advocacy Committee Update: Take Action Today

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 01/28 at 05:32 PM

As you know the General Assembly is in session. There seems to be renewed interest in keeping the A-F rating system for schools, even though we expected it to be repealed this year. In order to move forward towards a better accountability system, we really need A-F to be repealed.  There are two versions of bills circulating right now. Both acknowledge that we are working to redesign the accreditation system; one includes a specific repeal of A-F and one does not.

These bills are still in Committee right now; if your legislator is on one of the education committees, now is a very important time to drive this message home. If your legislator is not on one of the committees, it’s still worth it to make a call or send an email, and we will ask you to do so again later when the bill comes before the full House and Senate. When you make your call, reference House Bill 1672 or Senate Bill 727.

Important Points To Make In Your Call:
    - the Innovation Committee and the Board of Education agree that the accreditation system should be revised to include additional levels.
    - these groups are working now to determine what these levels should be; VASCD, our partner, supports a “ladder-like” system that will not only show the rating of a school, but also trends (progress measures), areas of strength and areas for improvement.
    - assigning a single letter grade as a school’s accreditation rating defeats these moves toward a better system before they have even had time to be developed.

There is momentum across Virginia to develop alternative assessments that provide a variety of ways for students to demonstrate what they know and can do. House Bill 1675 provides an option (this would be decided and approved at the division level) for students to earn verified credits under certain circumstances with less than 140 clock hours of instruction or by demonstrating mastery of SOL content and skills using an alternative assessment. This bill grew out of a recommendation of the Innovation Committee, and this morning even a legislator who is a member of that committee expressed concern about letting local divisions substitute alternate assessments for SOLs.  VASCD supports this proposal, which did pass out of Committee this morning after a nail-biter of a debate!  Please ask your House member to support this bill, understanding that the state will have guidelines to ensure the quality of the alternate assessments. Basically, our position is that once students can demonstrate the skills and are solid on the content of a course, they should not be prevented from moving on to more challenging, interesting, or relevant material while they mark time and wait for the test date to arrive. Again, under this legislation this would be a local option, not a requirement.


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VSTE Designated CoSN State Chapter

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 04/10 at 09:26 AM

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education is pleased to announce that it has become the 18th state chapter of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). As a CoSN state chapter, the VSTE CoSN Council will drive K-12 education technology efforts on the state level, working with other chapter leaders – from New York to California – to share best practices and advocate for district technology leaders.

Please read the press release for more information.

Technology to Help Change Lives at Your Library

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 03/05 at 12:18 PM

VSTE will be celebrating School Library Month with a webinar for school librarians hosted by Board Member Kelly Miller from Virginia Beach Public Schools.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8 p.m.  -  Technology to Help Change Lives at Your Library
VSTE Board member Kelly Miller will host this webinar to celebrate AASL’s 2014 School Library Month -Lives change @ your library.  Although the role of school librarians in the digital age has fundamentally not changed, the needs of the changing school library environment have.  Come hear about some of the newest tools, methods and devices that school librarians are using to change lives.  We will discuss topics such as how to manage mobile devices; how to use social media for professional growth and for promotion and tools to support digital literacy and incorporate digital content into the library media center.
We will meet in the VSTELive Adobe Connect room: VSTELive webinars are free and open to all.

May VSTE Vision Available

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 05/07 at 09:24 AM

The May newsletter is available. Read all about our upcoming events!

Board of Directors Election Open

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 04/17 at 09:10 AM

Nine candidates are running for open seats on the Board of Directors, the decision making body of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. VSTE members in good standing are encouraged to vote.  You can review the slate of candidates and access the ballot here. You may vote for up to five candidates. The election will be open until May 17, 2013.
NOTE:  When you click the link for the ballot, you will be prompted for a login and password.  Unless you have changed it, your login is generally the email at which you receive VSTE mailings.  You can use the Forgot Your Password link on the Member Login Page to reset your password.

VSTE Vision, April 2013

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 04/08 at 01:15 PM

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VSTE Vision, April 2013

What Will You Learn This Month?

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 03/05 at 03:30 PM

Check out our monthly newsletter, VSTE Vision, for March 2013. There is a whole lot of learning going on!

Deadline for Board Nominations, March 4, 2013

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 02/24 at 10:45 PM

You are invited to nominate yourself or a colleague to be considered for election to the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Board of Directors, for the 2013-2016 Board term (three years).  This is an opportunity to become involved in the key decision-making group for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education.  The online election, which will be held in April 2013, is for five seats on the fifteen-person Board of Directors.

Learn more and access the nomination form here.

VSTE Vision, February 2013

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 02/06 at 09:26 AM

All the news for the month…

VSTE Vision Newsletter, February 2013

VirtualVA2013: When Kids Take Over: Creating Learning Spaces

Posted by VSTE World Headquarters on 01/18 at 12:52 PM

Mark your calendars! The first ever Virginia virtual conference is being held January 28 - February 2, 2013. Sponsored by North Tier and VSTE, the conference focuses on putting students at the center of creating: content, resources, and more! We are finalizing the schedule. Take a look and start planning your week of wonderful virtual presentations.

Free and open to all!

Karen Work Richardson, PhD

Karen Work Richardson, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. This space will hold news and updates to the VSTE membership from Karen.

To contact Karen, visit our contact page.

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