Employee News - Week of January 10

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
January 10, 2022

Learn to Teach in Nature: Get2Green Cohort for Teaching in Nature’s Classroom, January 24-May 9

January 13, 2022

Get2Green is hosting a cohort of FCPS teachers to participate in this free, nationwide Teaching in Nature's Classroom course. This cohort will provide an opportunity for you to meet with fellow FCPS teachers and Get2Green staff to discuss your learning. Limited garden grant support opportunities are available. 

Teaching in Nature’s Classroom is an interactive, reflective course run by author Nathan Larson as a companion to his book Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Principles of Garden-Based Education. Learn best practices, collaborate with teachers across the country, and reflect on your own teaching practices in outdoor learning environments with this flexible, self-directed course to engage students in outdoor learning opportunities. 

Sign up for the FCPS cohort by January 24. Visit the Teaching in Nature's Classroom site to learn more, opt to receive graduate credit, and download your free copy of the book.

Contact Donna Volkmann at [email protected] for more information.

Instructional Coaching Program Information Nights

January 12, 2022

Teacher Leaders interested in applying for the Instructional Coaching candidate pool for the 2022-23 school year are invited to attend one of two virtual information nights. During these information nights teachers will:

  • Learn more about the roles of an Instructional Coach and the FCPS Instructional Coaching model.
  • Learn about the qualifications and application process.
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions and learn from experienced instructional coaches.

Registration is open in My PDE for the following dates:

  • January 13, from 4:45-6:45 p.m.  
  • February 22, from 4:45-6:45 p.m. 

For more information, contact Michelle Lis, coordinator, Instructional Coaching, at [email protected].

EAP Webinars to Prevent Burnout for a Work-Life Balance

January 11, 2022

On January 24, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Guidance Resources, will host multiple webinar sessions on timely topics for preventing burnout and having a work-life balance.

Preventing Employee Burnout

Burnout is a growing concern for many employers, as it can impact morale, employee retention, work productivity and more. In this session, we describe the signals that leaders can watch for and introduce strategies to help them prevent burnout from impacting the workforce.

Balancing Work and Life

Using the philosophy that “those who are happy at home perform better on the job,” this workshop was developed for those who feel burdened with too many responsibilities and without enough time for personal enjoyment. This workshop will help participants explore and define home responsibilities, identify career requirements, and prioritize leisure time. The resulting better balance will help achieve more in one’s career and at home.

Please click the date and time for the sessions you would like to register for.

Preventing Burnout

Balancing Work and Life

Additional EAP webinar recordings on a variety of topics, from mindfulness and resiliency to communication and healthy eating, can be accessed on the Hub EAP page.

For additional information, visit Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Guidance Resources online, and use Web ID: FCPS, or call our EAP at 1-855-355-9097. Sign up for the EAP-Wellness newsletter to get monthly updates and announcements of Employee Wellness offerings.

2022-23 Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACC) Information Session January 20

Applications for the 2022-23 Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACC) will go live via a Google form on the ACC google site page on January 13, 2022. The ACC is a partnership with the University of Virginia for FCPS employees to obtain the Virginia PreK-12 license in Administration and Supervision in a one-year cohort setting. An Information session for the 2022-23 Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACC) will take place on January 20, 2022, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Please register for this info session using this link in MyPDE.

For More information on program requirements, eligibility, expectations, timelines, and the application process can be found at the ACC google site page.

Contact: Sofia Mora, [email protected]

Spring 2022 Academy Course Catalog Available Today

January 10, 2022

FCPS is committed to continuous, job-embedded PD through the spring Academy Course Program, with over 60 virtual offerings based on teacher feedback and FCPS priorities: Supporting Students' Social Emotional Needs, Addressing Unfinished Learning, Literacy (K-2), Adapting Culturally Responsive Instructional Practices, EL Instruction, Engaging Families and Communities, Developing Students' POG Skills, and Leadership/Career Development. All courses are designed to enhance teacher knowledge and skills. Some of the new courses are highlighted below.

*AC-1810 Fostering Affirming and Inclusive Spaces

*AC-1811 Using Illustrated Media to Guide Conversations around Social Justice

*AC-2663 IB Theory of Knowledge Concepts Across Content Areas

*AC-2669 Young Scholars Model: Eliminating Barriers to Access and Success

Details including course syllabus, outcomes, and assignments will be listed in the Academy course catalog, which will be available on January 11 in MyPDE. Registration opens at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18. Visit the Academy page for more information or email [email protected] for questions.



When to Submit a Request for a Leave of Absence for the 2022-23 School Year

January 10, 2022

Employees who intend to request or extend a Leave of Absence (LOA) for the 2022-2023 school must indicate their intentions before/by March 1, 2022. Employees currently on an approved LOA will need to indicate whether they intend to extend (if applicable), return to work, or pursue other options by filling out the 2022-2023 Intentions Google form. Additional information about leaves of absences and the application process can be found on the Leaves of Absence website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Disability and Leaves Section through email at [email protected] or by phone at 571-423-3200.

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