#VAis4Learners Innovation Network
Monthly Cohort Update – July 2019
A Message of Gratitude from the VaLIN Steering Team
As members of the Steering Team, we couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of work being put into play by Virginia’s lead innovation teams. The Ignite talks highlighted the exciting work you are accomplishing to take small steps to big change across the Commonwealth. Small steps can be as simple as no worksheets on Wednesdays or using an exhibitions model as a venue for students to share interesting, rich project work. We will have Ignite talks available to you in the next month.
The many small steps shared by your teams caught our attention because the changes you are making make sense and will lead to deep change. As a member of the first cohort in the emerging Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network, you are sparking critical shifts in philosophy, policies, professional expectations, and practices – shifts that are essential to all students attaining the competencies established in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. As we move forward, we want to encourage your sharing ideas, practices, and resources that can help every division reach success with all learners. Our themes of equity, engagement, and deeper learning are elevated because of your taking the risk to join this team of innovative educators.
Program Director for Education Leadership at James Madison University
Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning
Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning, Virginia Department of Education
Welcome and Thanks!
Dr. Zeb Talley, Superintendent of Martinsville City Schools, welcomes VaLIN teams to the New College Institute, our home for a day of professional learning and networking. Our thanks go out to Dr. Talley and his staff for sharing their beautiful facility with the network.
VaLIN Teams Ignite Innovative Learning
Morning sessions allowed division teams to share their good work through short Ignite presentations. Lead Innovation Teams shared small steps to big change strategies.
The Theme of the Day was Networking
VaLIN team members were encouraged throughout the day to connect with others across the network, whether through working sessions, lunch talks, or informally. Check out Amos Fodchuk’s overview of the Birds of a Feather sessions below.
#VaLIN Takes Over Twitter
Birds of a Feather – What’s the Big IDEA?
What Schools Could Be
Follow us on Twitter #VaLIN #VAis4Learners
Our next meeting of the Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network will be on October 7-8, 2019 in Waynesboro.