2018 Academies

Grade Band(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Adolescent Literacy Academy will explore the ways that reading, writing, listening, and speaking can be improved in various educational setting and across disciplines, particularly for students in grades 3-12.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): 6-8, 9-12

Participants will work to (1) develop a deeper knowledge of the mathematics at the center of the middle or high school curriculum, (2) analyze, refine, and reflect on classroom practices, and (3) explore how to use this knowledge for the benefit of their students, colleagues, and profession.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): 9-12

The Theatre Academy will focus on theatre as a collaborative art through a series of hands-on workshops that explore acting, directing, devising, and dramaturgy.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): 6-8, 9-12

This two day academy is designed for mathematics and special educator school teams working together to enhance student outcomes, especially for students with disabilities, by focusing on improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies, collaboration strategies, and networking within the co-taught classroom.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-12 Administrators

The Best Practice for Inclusive Education Academy is a three-day academy designed to provide teams from selected Virginia Schools with strategies, tools, active discussion and resources needed to create and implement a successful plan of action for including students with moderate to severe disabilities in the general education classroom and increase their access to the general curriculum. Registration for this academy is by invitation only.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5

The Co-Teaching Elementary Reading/Math CTERM (K-5) academy is a two-day academy designed for elementary school general and special education teacher co-teaching teams who work together during math and reading to enhance student outcomes by improving content understanding, pedagogical strategies for math and reading, collaboration/co-teaching strategies, and networking.

Registration Availability: Closed
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Participants of this academy will learn about the unique complexities of working with students with special needs and explore a variety of instructional strategies to ensure all students are successful, regardless of ability or disability. The Academy aims to empower physical educators to adapt skillfully and modify curriculum, instruction, tasks, equipment, and/or environment to address the individualized needs and abilities of each child so all students can successfully learn and participate.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Art & Media Literacy: Growing Inclusivity, will combine experiential, hands-on practice in art and design, and the study of these traditions past and present, with a critical examination of new strategies for growing inclusivity in participants’ home institutions.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-12 Administrators

Participants in the K-12 Computer Science Academy will be introduced to major concepts from the VA Computer Science SOLs through an interactive/hands-on curriculum. Closely aligned to the goals of AP Computer Science Principles and Exploring Computer Science, this survey class will cover a broad range of topics including computer languages, the internet, security and privacy, hardware development, and data/information.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-12 Administrators

In this academy, participants will explore the delivery model of Project-Based Learning and why it is getting so much attention! Participants will learn PBL by engaging in the creative process of developing their own project step by step with collaborative support from the instructors and their peers.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5

The K-5 Academy will focus on the content areas of math and reading and the 21st century skills students need to be successful. The goal of this academy will be to offer participants meaningful and engaging sessions with an emphasis on the 4Cs: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5

Play is a joyful, innate, socially engaging, activity that promotes reasoning, learning, and empathy. Play promotes creativity and offers students the opportunity to take risks in a safe environment. In this academy, participants will learn to harness the benefits of play to address Virginia Standards of Learning across the curriculum in the elementary classroom.

Registration Availability: Open
Grade Band(s): K-2, 3-5

The
 K-5 STEM hands-on interactive Academy will center on concepts regarding Children’s Engineering/Elementary
STEM. Participants will learn to use design, engineering and technology instructional resources to enhance children’s attainment of the Virginia Standards of Learning in science, mathematics, social studies/history and language arts. Participants will engage in hands-on, critical and creative thinking and problem-solving experiences. They will develop projects for use in their own classrooms and explore Project Based Assessments.

Registration Availability: Open