Search: Debbie Collins
August 10, 2017
Albemarle County Public Schools held its annual New Teacher Academy this week at Henley Middle School, welcoming the new educators who soon will be in their own classrooms and offices as students return to school later this month. Through talks from division leaders, various workshops and meetings with colleagues, the ...
September 26, 2016
As school divisions across the country seek ways to adopt teaching methods that provoke critical thinking rather than fact memorization, educators must find new methods to measure students’ progress. Moving from student achievement assessments that measure knowledge to assessments that measure a students’ ability to learn and think is not ...
March 11, 2016
Albemarle County pre-K programs are enjoying robust student success rates, but might soon have an issue finding enough space for their students, county schools staff reported Thursday. A presentation to the School Board by county schools, Bright Stars, Title I and Head Start staff showed the programs serve more than ...
January 28, 2015
After one week and two work sessions in the fiscal year 2016 budget process, Albemarle County Public School’s gloomy financial picture isn’t becoming any clearer. “Overall, this request is a very modest request,” Jackson Zimmerman, director of finance for the school division, told the board during a recent ...
January 07, 2015
In the near future, more and more of Albemarle County’s elementary students might be receiving instruction in a language other than English. During a recent update to the county’s School Board, schools officials briefed the division’s leadership on plans to expand world language instruction to all of ...
November 15, 2014
The Albemarle County School Board’s seven members last week unanimously supported the role preschool can play in school readiness. Where the conversation hit a sticking point, however, is money. “We pay for teachers, transportation, facilities, and all of that is hidden and lost in our budget,” said School Board ...
September 30, 2014
Students in Charlottesville-Albemarle’s public schools are earning diplomas in greater numbers than in previous years. Albemarle County’s on-time graduation rate has increased for the third year in a row, moving from 93.4 percent in 2013, to 94.8 percent for 2014. The drop-out rate has also improved ...
September 26, 2014
In the coming years, the language you hear Albemarle County’s elementary school teachers speaking might not be limited to English. While particulars such as the pace and scale of the program’s roll out, and which languages would be offered are yet to be determined, the Albemarle School Board ...