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Looking for Articles for May Edition of Vision    
Calling all VAIS educators! How do you celebrate Virginia inside or outside of school? How are your students learning about the Commonwealth and its rich history? What are they doing to actively participate in protecting the precious resources of this state from the mountains to the rivers to the sea? Tell us!  For details about article submission, click HERE.
Call for Proposals - Open for LLC 2017    
The 2017 Leading Learning Conference's theme is Cultivating Curiosity and Joy. The VAIS Professional Development Advisory Commission (PDAC) is seeking proposals that stimulate play as research, exploration, inquiry, wonder, community, gratitude and more. For details, click HERE. To submit a proposal, click HERE.
Celebrating Black History Month    
Looking for some resources for celebrating Black History Month?  Here's a an article that was published a couple of years ago that provides some great ideas. Do you have some to share?  Email
Sixth Grader Accepted into VCU High School Band    
A Henrico sixth-grader just became the youngest student ever selected into the VCU Greater Richmond High School Jazz Band, made up of the most talented high school jazz students from the region. Matthew Woodhouse is only 11-years old and a student at Richmond Montessori School. The young student has been taking drum lessons since he was 6 years old. For more about this talented young man, click HERE.
Virginia's Legislature, Now in Session    
Virginia's General Assembly is now in session. The session runs from January 11 to February 26. Remember that the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) is our voice! If you have any questions or concerns about anything legislatively, contact Josie Webster at
The Fifty-Eighth Presidential Inauguration, January 20    
For more information, go to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration week's events.
Happy 2017...    
All of us here at VAIS continue to be grateful for our educators and their life-changing work with children in Virginia independent schools. We send our wishes of peace and joy to you in this new year.
Donna Orem Named Next President of NAIS    
After an extensive national search, the NAIS Board of Trustees concluded that Donna Orem, the current interim president, will serve as the next president of the Association. For more information about Donna and this selection, please click here.  Congratulations Donna!
VAIS Undergoes Accreditation Review By NAIS    
The NAIS Commission on Accreditation (COA) members were in Virginia reviewing VAIS this past week. For more information on this process and the COA, click HERE.
A Season of Gratitude    
In a spirit of thankfulness, we will you peace and goodwill this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving!
Livia McCoy Receives Prestigious Award    
On October 14, VAIS honored Livia McCoy, Dean of Student Support at The Steward School, with the 2016 Sally K. Boese Distinguished Service Award at its annual conference at the Hilton Richmond Hotel. For more about Livia's deserving recognition, click HERE. Congratulations Livia!
Don't Let the Time Run OUT!    
Friday, September 23rd is the final day to register for the 2016 VAIS Leading Learning Conference, the annual conference for heads, academic administrators, and teachers!  Don't miss what is sure to be the most exciting professional development opportunity on the topic of learning from failure! For more information and to register now click HERE.
VAIS Welcomes Jessica Lahey on October 14th!    
Teacher and bestselling author, Jessica Lahey will be the featured presenter and facilitator at the VAIS Annual Conference, 2016 Leading Learning Conference, themed Seeding the Future, Growing Through Failure. The day is for academic administrators and teachers. Be a part of a day that is not your typical conference - an interactive, innovative day for all!  For more info, click HERE.
Best Wishes as Your New School Year Begins!    
Are you ready to learn and grow, teachers, administrators, students and parents? Oh, the possibilities are endless! Here is a little bit of inspiration from a classroom teacher, Vicki Davis, for classroom teachers as the new school year comes rolling in. She wrote this blog last year, but it is still applies today!
Dr. Irene Carney Appointed by Governor McAuliffe to School Readiness Committee    
Congratulations to Dr. Irene Carney, Head of Sabot at Stony Point, for her appointment to the recently-created Virginia School Readiness Committee.  This appointment was made by Governor McAuliffe in July. For more about this exciting honor, go CLICK HERE.
David Charlton to Be Honored at NAES Biennial Conference 2016!    
The National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) Governing Board has chosen David H. Charlton, Ed.D., president of the Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, as the recipient of the 2016 John D. Verdery Award. For more on this prestigious award and David, click HERE.  Congratulations David!
Two VAIS Schools Win CASE Gold Awards!    
Congratulations to both St. Catherine's School and Episcopal High School for each being awarded the Grand Gold Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). EHS was recognized in the Independent School Magazines category, and St. Catherine's for Special Events - Single Day. BRAVO! For more information about these awards, click HERE.
Fond Farewells to Retiring VAIS School Heads    
We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge these VAIS Heads of School who will retire at the end of this school year: Rob Hershey, Head of Episcopal High School; Susan Johnson, Head of Commonwealth Academy; Charlotte Morgan, Head of New Vistas School; Dave Newsom, Head of Brunswick Academy; and Phyllis Shannon, Head of Christopher Academy. We wish you all the best as you embark upon this new phase of your lives! Congratulations!
A Round of Applause for Teachers!    
Thank you teachers for all you do.  In recognition of your work in Virginia, Kim Failon, the VAIS Director of Communications and Administrative Professional Development, wrote a tribute this week. For more, click HERE.
This Week is Earth Week - April 18 - April 22    
Published April 18, 2016
This week is Earth Week culminating in Earth Day on April 22. Many VAIS schools are already planning great events this week. If you want to learn more about what might be going on in your area to celebrate, check it out!  The theme is Trees for the Earth.
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