Virginia’s Administrators’ Ultimate Guide to Planning for the 2018–19 School Year

Virginia’s Administrators’ Ultimate Guide to Planning for the 2018–19 School Year

With Virginia’s ESSA plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, planning for the 2018–19 school year is top of mind for district and school administrators. To support you in that process, we've curated a list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by the VDOE and the proposed Virginia ESSA plan.

Boost Content Mastery and SOL Achievement

Are students achieving at the level necessary to be prepared for the next grade, college, or careers? As you consider your approach to supporting students across all four core subjects, utilize the following guides to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our formative assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.

Address Achievement Gaps, Support English Learners, and Special Education Students

Many states are doubling down on their commitment to educating all students. Because the proposed Virginia ESSA plan focuses on both schools making progress toward proficiency and schools who are currently meeting grade-level expectations, finding balanced resources that focus on each goal is important to success. The following planning tools provide strategies for helping all students achieve growth, as well as for meeting the needs of special student populations.

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more.

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like dyslexia, ways to navigate IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education.

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

Support Graduation Rates

A large number of states have posted ambitious short- and long-term goals which will mean ramping up efforts to help students who fall behind get back on track. For example, one of Virginia’s goals expects 84% on-time graduation, with corresponding goals of 85% for five-year and 86% for six-year graduation. Make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students can see a path to graduation.

 Our credit recovery worksheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

A virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

Connecting high school to college and careers is a key way that many states are ensuring that the workforce will be better equipped to meet the needs of the future job market. Although Virginia’s ESSA plan does not specifically state goals for college and career readiness, it is anticipated that, by 2020, 65% of all jobs will require some postsecondary education or training. The following resources will help support college and career success.

Whereas No Child Left Behind had a narrow focus on math and ELA, ESSA has given states the freedom to allow schools to create programs that allow students to pursue interests that align with future career goals. One way of achieving this alignment is through a career and technical education program. This workbook takes a deep dive into the components of an evolving and improving a CTE program to help hone in on a map for improvement and professional development.

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, SAT®, and ACT® assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

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