Family Math Night Events
As part of the Rural Math Excel Partnership grant or RMEP, participating schools are holding Family Math Night events that bring teachers, students, parents and the community together to learn about their shared responsibilities in creating an environment for success for students in Algebra I & II, Geometry and AFDA. Read about one such event at Laurel Park Middle School.
VASS partner, the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics (STEAM) Academy, is offering two, cost-free, week-long summer academies to inspire and expose rising 6th-8th grade students from across the Commonwealth to STEAM content, applied learning, and leadership developing opportunities. Among the course offerings are Nanoscience, Cyber Security, Math Reasoning and Computer Engineering and Rockets, Ships, and the Material Science Behind Them. Click on the link below for information or google: "About Summer STEAM - Virginia STEAM Academy" to see a description of all offerings. The deadline for students to apply is March 24, 2015.
Today, President Obama hosts school leaders and educators from across the country at the White House for “ConnectED to the Future,” a day-long convening to explore the potential of education technology and the innovations needed to bring America’s schools into the digital age. At the event, the President will launch his Administration’s effort to assist school leaders in their transition to digital learning, following his plan to connect 99 percent of America’s students high-speed broadband internet in their schools and libraries. The President will applaud superintendents across the country that will collaborate with students, educators, and parents to become “Future Ready.”
Town Hall Discussion
Parents and students in K12 schools are facing some tough questions such as, "What does my child need to learn in addition to academics to prepare for a good future?" This and many more important questions was addressed in a video event called "Preparing High School Graduates to become College and Career Ready". VASS President/CEO Paul Nichols moderated this event. Others participating were Dr. Steven Staples, Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction, Joseph Wharff, School Counseling Specialist, and Renee Zanda with the Virginia School Counselor Association. Please click here for more information.
Amazing Arithmetic: Charlotte County STEM Hosts “Math at Work in Our Community” Event
The Central Middle School Cafeteria was brimming with brainiacs on Thursday, March 12 as the Charlotte County Science-Technology-Engineering and Math Careers Committee (STEM) hosted a free catered dinner and special presentations for math students in grades 7-12 and their parents.
Students enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry or Algebra Functions & Data Analysis during the fall and spring semesters of the 2014-15 school year were invited to attend. Guests were treated to a meal provided by Sheldon’s Restaurant as a show of gratitude for completing a survey titled “Math at Work in Our Community.” Read more here.
Career Development Workshop Held for School Counselors and Administrators
On September 16-17, 2014, VASS held a workshop for counselors and administrators from several local school divisions on the subject of comprehensive career development. Partners included the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the Center of Excellence at SVHEC, and MARi. Students in these schools will "Dream It" and be prepared to "Do It" as they become familiar with the resources on the VMA website at http://www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com/index.
Technicians Attend DACUM
VASS recently used a slight modification of the DACUM process (short for Developing A Curriculum) to reveal how technicians from the workplace, who were selected for a session, specifically use math on the job. The technicians explained workplace examples for math competencies while a development team of teachers listened closely. The development team, a key component of the RMEP project funded by a US Department of Education i3 innovation grant and the Virginia Tobacco Commission, are working to develop a resource guide for teachers.
VASS Forms Partnership with FEVTutor
Recently VASS formed a partnership with FEV Tutor, an online specialized tutoring company. FEV Tutor offers 24 hour access to trainers, mentors, customer support and tutors. VASS is “creating awareness” of FEV Tutoring as a regional partner.
FEV does one-on-one online tutoring through “chatting” between a student and a tutor. Students respond well to this dynamic once they realize the tutor is a real person who can address their immediate questions. FEV records all of the sessions in order for a parent, teacher or school to review if desired.
FEV offers tutoring to small groups if needed, for up to 5 students. Small group pricing is approximately $28 per hour. FEV tries to link the student to the same tutor for all of the sessions. The range of students for the tutoring is fourth grade through AP courses; even community college students can utilize the tutoring which is available in math, science and English. A computer is the preferred connection to a classroom – a teacher is able to communicate with the tutor concerning lessons being taught in the classroom and address any problems a student is having in a timely and relevant manner. Visit them at http://fevtutor.com/index.html.
VASS Advancement Placement Initiative
The following documents are related to the VASS Advanced Placement Initiative which ended in 2013 and are posted here for archival purposes only: