Educational leaders in differentiated learning from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW) and the Association of Independent Schools of Maryland (AIMS) have developed this exciting NEW program that seeks to expand the traditional PK-12 independent school educators’ knowledge and understanding of students with learning differences. Jonathan Mooney, Learning Activist and ADHD Success Story, pictured here, will be opening the conference! For more information
The old saying "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" seems even more true this year. With the fourth Nor'easter and a flurry of sleet and snow coming through last week, it is hard to believe Spring is around the corner. For those schools out on Spring Breaks, enjoy. For those struggling with the inclimate weather, April is here!
Registration is now open
for the VAIS Student Festival of the Arts on Thursday, April 12 at
Fredericksburg Academy! Students in grades 8-12 will come together to
celebrate the arts and learn from each other, as well as from talented
faculty. Participation IS limited, so sign up soon!
The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) will hold
its annual gathering of IT and Edtech independent school leaders on
April 15-18, 2018, in Crystal City. The conference theme is
"Lead with Why." This convergence of independent school technology
professionals is the only national conference focused solely on the independent
school technology community. VAIS members get a discount on registration! Please contact Kim Failon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
| Teach kindness in the classroom! Teachers, find free K-12 lesson plans and other great resources inspiring students to actively engage in 12 Kindness Concepts. Have a wonderful week!|
|The Business Officers Planning Committee chaired by Beth Chase at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is planning a fabulous pre-conference Boot Camp for beginning business officers, those who want a refresher, and even newer heads of schools. Specific details coming soon! For more information|
Helping high school students find their purpose. The Purpose Challenge’s free online toolkit will help your age 16+ students find his/her own unique sense of purpose—and if he writes a college essay based on what
is learned from the toolkit, he can submit it for the chance to win
college scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $25,000! For more information.
The Virginia General Assembly convened Wednesday, January 10 and is in session now! And, Virginia now has a new Governor. For more information about the legislature, bills and other events, read. If you have any questions about legislation, contact Laura Godwin in the VAIS Office.
Wishing you a happy Martin Luther King Day weekend, recognizing the day - January 15 - as one of interracial and intercultural sharing. Coretta Scott King said of this day "We commemorate on this holiday the ecumenical leader and visionary who
embraced the unity of all faiths in love and truth. And though we take
patriotic pride that Dr. King was an American, on this holiday we must
also commemorate the global leader who inspired nonviolent liberation
movements around the world. Indeed, on this day, programs commemorating
my husband’s birthday are being observed in more than 100 nations."
|Call it "monster" or "bombogenesis," a massive winter storm kicking off 2018 has packed a wallop! For schools, educators and friends dealing with the bone-chilling temps, snow, and hurricane-like winds, be safe!|
Peace, Joy, Hope! From All of Us Here at VAIS
Mark your calendar for January 27, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM at St. Christopher's School, Richmond for the VA Independent Schools Diversity Career Fair! This is a FREE event for faculty and administrative candidates interested in employment in Virginia's independent schools. For more information and to register, go HERE.
May your Thanksgiving be bountiful and full of many reasons to give thanks. Wishing you peace and joy in this season of gratitude! Enjoy!
The Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) honored Irene Carney, Head of Sabot at Stony Point , with its 2017 Sally K. Boese Distinguished Service Award on Monday, November 6, 2017 at its Leading Learning Conference at the Hilton Richmond Hotel. The annual award is given in honor of Dr. Sally K. Boese, who served as the Executive Director of the Association for 24 years. For more about the award winner...
The 2017 Leading Learning Conference kicks off this Monday, November 6! The theme is Cultivating Curiosity and Joy. The Professional Development Advisory Commission (PDAC) looks forward to welcoming you to the Hilton Richmond Hotel - Short Pump and celebrating all that is joyful in teaching and learning! For more about this day...
Bringing you the Apple Learning Series! Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a new approach
to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code.
You'll hear about the new Swift Playgrounds app that includes lessons
for beginning coders. And, you'll explore curriculum materials for
middle and high school that make it easy to bring coding into your
school.There are two program offerings - one in Ashland and one in Reston. Make your plans for Ashland or for Reston!
VAIS VISION is the biennial digital publication addressing issues of professional interest to PK-12 teachers, key administrators, trustees in independent schools. The theme for the December 2017 issue is Inclusion. If you are interested in submitting an article for this issue, please see the details and criteria for this issue. Deadline for articles is October 31.
|"Engaging learning environments are naturally joyful places," according to Dean Shareski, author of Embracing a Culture of Joy. Join your fellow educators for the 2017 Leading Learning Conference - an annual event - on Monday, November 6 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump to hear Dean and a whole host of speakers explore the idea of joy and curiosity in the context of learning! For more information and to register.|
Welcome to the newest member of our VAIS team, Lelia Grinnan! From a strong pool of applicants, Lelia presented an impressive
background and vision for supporting our member schools through the lens
of accreditation. She arrives with a wealth of independent school
experience encompassing roles as student (Collegiate School, 13y),
parent (St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, 15y), tutor (12y), and
teacher (15y). Welcome Lelia!
Welcome back educators! As you enter this new school year, keep sharp and keep to the resolutions you made for yourself and your students. Like any New Year's resolutions, school year resolutions are fulfilled by consistency and focus. Looking for a resource? Professional development? Or, even a question answered? Remember, VAIS is here to help assist you. We send you our heartiest best wishes for a smooth, productive and healthful school year!