Denise Corbo, Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large

Denise Corbo,  Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large Loudoun County School Board Member, At-Large.

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01/20/2021

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10/28/2020
www.lcps.org

Thank you to Wayde Byard for creating and sharing the School Board Resume. For years I remember receiving these as a paper copy in my school mailbox and then sent electronically to my school email address. I always appreciated the update because the Resume format is such a wonderful quick reference. Thank you, Wayde!

10/28/2020

After the board discussed the possibility of changing the superintendent’s proposed secondary start date from January to December 1st the teacher social media site was buzzing with teachers talking about taking leave and looking for other jobs. They know the job, they know their students and they know what works. Our leadership often leaves our educators out of the loop in decision making and they do not feel supported. They are scared, they are worried, they are exhausted.

Last night we heard from 70 sincere and passionate speakers who want an in person option. I understand the struggles of kids at home, teaching and working. When our children are struggling we feel emotionally compelled to advocate and fix things. That’s our job as parents. I get it! I want this option too.

Providing instructional plans for hybrid and distance learning is the responsibility of the superintendent and last night he finally delivered his hybrid plan with a rollout in January. School administrators support this based on the logistics of staffing, scheduling, training and bussing is all going to take time and support the January start date.

After 4 months of consistently asking for a return to school plan at this point it just makes sense to gather updated data, perform some pilots, train our teachers and transition into the hybrid at the semester.

10/23/2020

I appreciate and understand both sides of families wanting DL and an in person learning opportunity. From the beginning I’ve advocated for family choice with the health and safety of our students and staff being my top priority.

My vote and advocacy is based on logic, safety and business practices and is not influenced by any outside organization or group. The bottom line is in order to provide a service you must ensure proper staffing and establish safety protocols.

Over the past few months I have shared multiple plans with the superintendent and currently work with many school divisions who are offering 5 day in person learning along with a robust distance learning platform. We need to provide strong plans and guidelines for BOTH platforms, it’s not one over the other they must BOTH coexist.

DL needs tweaking and HL/in person needs developing. We have many obvious frustrations from every side and many strong opinions including my own. We must have the details, protocols, and staffing to provide educational services and the safety measures must be clearly outlined in a comprehensive return to school plan with metrics supporting both options. Without a plan and safety protocols clearly outlined with metrics, I cannot support bringing more students and staff back to school.

Some may view my posts for something other than what they are intended to provide. When I ran for this office I promised to provide clarity, transparency to school decisions and give the community a voice. Social media is one platform that allows a place for posting questions and gathering community concerns to share with the board and leadership. Having many followers, I don’t expect all of us to agree, but I did expect respectful conversations and dialogue.

10/10/2020
Constituent Return to School Input Form

LCPS parents, students and educators, I created a form to consolidate and help me better understand the community, student and employee needs in regard to the Superintendent's Return to School Plan.

Please read the Superintendent's updated Return to School Plan, the Superintendent's new proposal found on the October 10th School Board Meeting documents and share your concerns and questions using the Constituent Input Form below. Thanks in advance!
✅ Return to School Plan: https://www.lcps.org/Page/234386
✅ Superintendent's New Proposal (You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser. It's over 50 pages.)
https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/loudoun/Board.nsf/Public#
✅ Constituent Input Form: http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5661968/form

Thank you Ryan Tibbens for your perspective and podcast. For many of the reasons you highlighted, I will not vote in fav...
10/02/2020
Ep.043 -- Tibbens -- Censorship, Banned Books Week, Antiracism, & Huckleberry Finn - ClassCast Podcast

Thank you Ryan Tibbens for your perspective and podcast. For many of the reasons you highlighted, I will not vote in favor of the current policy as written and intend to make the motion to strike the wording that may potentially infringe on an employee’s freedom of speech.

ClassCast Podcast Ep.043 features host Ryan Tibbens discussing wide-reaching, intrusive, and imperfect policy changes in his school division that are resulting in suppression of teachers' First Amendment rights, paranoia among employees, book bann...

Henrico County Public Schools adjusts bell schedule to cut screen time
10/01/2020
Henrico County Public Schools adjusts bell schedule to cut screen time

Henrico County Public Schools adjusts bell schedule to cut screen time

Henrico County Public Schools announced they will be adjusting their virtual bell schedule for middle and high schools in order to reduce the amount of screen time students experience starting Tues…

09/29/2020

MAP testing... I am speechless.
There is a MAP opt-out form available.

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So wonderful to share this story about  - All Ages Read Together (AART) a local Loudoun County nonprofit providing creat...
09/26/2020
FWD: AART is in the news

So wonderful to share this story about - All Ages Read Together (AART) a local Loudoun County nonprofit providing creative ways to service our preschool children and families!
100WomenStrong of Loudoun County, Virginia
Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties

For those who don’t already know:

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Last night, AART was on Local DVM and our new outdoor classes were featured as part of their #somethinggood segment! The reporter experienced the magic of our classes firsthand and interviewed some of our board and staff!

09/20/2020
SCHOOLOGY SURVEY

I created an "Unofficial and Anonymous" LCPS SCHOOLOGY Satisfaction Survey to help the board understand your experience and provide direction as we work together to help support student learning. Thank you in advance for your time and I look forward to sharing the survey information at the committee meeting tomorrow afternoon (9/21/2020). Denise Corbo, School Board Member AT-LARGE, Technology Steering Committee Chair

One of the top questions asked by constituents across the county is when will the superintendent provide a comprehensive...
09/18/2020
LCPS Comment and Complaint Form - Policy 8-10

One of the top questions asked by constituents across the county is when will the superintendent provide a comprehensive return to school plan with metrics. After the superintendent had many weeks of conducting stakeholder sprint groups, hiring Ed Elements consultants, conducting school board work sessions, creating a school board resolution, and having many, many additional board meetings throughout the summer we hoped the superintendent would have presented the board with a comprehensive return to school plan. At the last school board meeting, the superintendent stated he will provide a plan if the majority of the board gives him direction to do so. Since I am the only board member who has consistently asked and voted for a comprehensive plan with metrics for many months along with board oversight I suggest reaching out to your board reps and the superintendent to support the creation of a comprehensive plan. (Please note, I am very grateful to my colleagues on the board for their work with broadband, SPED, etc. I’m specifically addressing a comprehensive plan and encouraging support to bring a plan forward.)
🔴 [email protected]
🔴 [email protected]
🔴 LCPS Comment/Complaint Form

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Please note that I will not comment or engage with posts from people who hide their identity, use my platform to post false information, name call and attempt to speak for me. There is a name for people like that and I’m not going to waste time reading and responding to their nonsense and I encourage you to do the same.

09/18/2020

Thank you @Beth Barts-Leesburg District School Board Member for your updates-

✳️Broad Run hosted the ACT this past Saturday and it was successful. 180 students participated.

✳️While not required- Loudoun Medical Group will be offering free testing for staff prior to the October 13th start date for our next group of in person learners. The event will be held at Bolen Park on October 5th. It will be a drive by event.

✳️The school board meeting will start at 5:00 and not 6:30 this coming Tuesday. Dr. Williams will be sharing the next steps for transitioning to the hybrid. I encourage those interested to watch.

✳️Virginia Beach will be phasing in their K-2 for face to face instruction this month along with their special education students. They are the first large school system in Virginia to do so. Their board met tonight. I like the metrics they have established and their detailed plan.

I personally want to thank our teachers, parents and students for everything that went into making the first week of vir...
09/12/2020
Loudoun County parents outraged after some virtual classes interrupted by pornographic images, racial slurs

I personally want to thank our teachers, parents and students for everything that went into making the first week of virtual learning possible. Unfortunately there were some mishaps. Adding to injury, our educators have shared their outraged at the response sent to parents, essentially putting blame on them. I think we are seeing a cycle and know where we can place blame. This has caught the attention of al least two board members and I encourage you to send emails and fill out the complaint form.

https://www.lcps.org/cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=7833

“Teachers have received nothing that prevents intruders from getting into virtual classrooms.”

“We (teachers) delete and remove participants as soon as soon as we can.”

“Options like the Google meet attendance extension were blocked this week by LCPS.”

“We (teachers) can't track who might have joined that doesn't belong.”

“We (LCPS) pushed back students return date and then filled teacher work days with ridiculous PD playlists.”

“Teachers ONLY needed technology PD and support training at the beginning of the year.”

“LCPS has failed to provide tools and training and then lies to parents about providing teachers tools. How can our leadership lie?”

“Parents are outraged and now, more than ever, teachers are too.”

“These hacks would likely not be happening if we were using google classroom.”

Loudoun County parents are outraged after the school district said some virtual classes were interrupted by pornographic images and inappropriate language, including racial slurs.

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Denise Corbo was elected on November 5, 2019 to serve as the Loudoun County School Board At-Large member. She is an award-winning educator and nonprofit leader who focuses on children’s literacy. A gifted and talented resource teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools, she began her career teaching high school vocational education. After receiving a master’s degree in elementary education from Marymount University, she taught kindergarten and first grade and has served as a technology resource teacher. Corbo earned a provisional Elementary Administration and Gifted and Talented endorsements through the University of Virginia, in additional to the National Board Teacher Certification.

In addition to teaching gifted and talented students, Corbo currently serves as president and founder of StoryBook Treasures, a nonprofit reaching more than 6,000 students across five states, with the mission of putting books into the hearts, hands and homes of children.

During her 33 years in education, Corbo has worked with students of every age and income level. She observed that the one common factor for success in all students is achieving literacy. Thus, she devotes her life to sharing her passion, helping schools focus on the power of early literacy intervention and creating a positive culture of readers. Her mission is to show teachers how to be the inspiration to create readers who fall in love with books.

Recently named the Loudoun County Washington Post Teacher of the Year, Corbo has been featured on ABC’s WJLA News7 and local newspapers, and in 2018 she received a Virginia House Resolution highlighting her contributions to education.

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Appreciate you not going with the yes vote even when you knew it was going to pass and your no would not really count. Not sure why if the three metrics are all being used why the third one (and the subjective one) gets the most weight right now. Without accurate reporting of cases, without adequate contact tracing, without letting parents know of possible cases, without keeping track of reasons for absences, without taking into account the number of people with mild or no symptoms how do we know if transmission will be occurring? Also don't understand the reasoning that stores and restaurants are open so schools should be too since people don't spend 7 hours a day at those other locations. Also the reasoning that other things are happening in the buildings so school must be safe is invalid since no info was shared as to how many cases those activities have had. Saw someone had tweeted asking why you were asking so many questions. I guess it never occurred to them that you might be "trying to figure it out" just as they asked.
Denise Corbo I am very concerned about the teachers. More changes maybe the straw that breaks the camels back. For us personally my student is a senior and I express my concern about switching things around anymore .. a full AP load more changes will just add to stress. I get people want their kids back in school I think we all do. But to go back and then a week or so in face quarantine or another close or whatever else occurs seems to be me an adding "stress". I would like to see a clear and consistent plan of how we intend to mitigate for Health risks and also a clear plan how we can have consistent teaching prior to answering any further surveys on the issue of return or not. I am not taking a stand either way I just want a consistent education and is going to flow through to the end of the year. Again, I wholeheartedly appreciate all our teachers and admin are doing.
Good morning! I will also send these questions via email, but am hoping someone has answers or can provide them before parents need to make a Hybrid/DL decision in November. For MS/HS students: 1- what is the plan for classes in which the current student enrollment has a mix of hybrid and DL students? Will there be new rosters? New teachers? Schedule changes ? 2- Does this decision look different for large vs small classes ? At what number of students does the model change ? 3- will DL students in Q3/Q4 still have 2 days PER CLASS of synchronous teacher time? Would this be live stream of the class with hybrid students in the classroom or will it be dedicated synchronous time as we are seeing right now ? Thank you very much.
Can you explain the 11/9 start date for the ABAB schedule change? I am super excited to see this change but why not start on 11/4 - day 1 of Q2?
Why is elementary hybrid able to go back yet secondary can not?
Why have pilots started already? The lack of planning is disgraceful.
Will LCPS be adding the 1619 project to the school curriculum?
Ms Corbo, since my school board rep, Ms King, does not seem to be responsive or involved, I implore you as our at large member to force mr Williams to give LCPS families the CHOICE of 5 days in school. Enough is enough!!!
I'm not sure who made the decision to give elementary school assessment tests via DL but it's awful! Had 2nd grade today...took just under an hour to get the whole class logged in but it didn't get much better after that. Apparently yesterday one of the 3rd grade classes took 90 min to get everyone logged in. This is not worth it and won't be a reflection of what our kids can really do anyway. I know many principals fought this and I appreciate it but whomever made the decision should listen/watch one of these happen.
When the Superintendent talks about return to school plan especially for K-5 starting this Fall, can you please ask about the fact that most elementary school classes are currently mixed DL and hybrid and how they plan to address this issue? It's my understanding that classes will have to be rearranged mid semester to put DL students with DL teacher and hybrid with hybrid teachers. Seems like this will disrupt learning even more and make it more difficult on students and teachers to get new students half way thru the semester. Some teachers don't even know if they've been assigned DL or hybrid yet.
Beth I know it’s a long shot.... As a parent and teacher, the Monday workday, A, A, B, B is extremely difficult for students and teachers. With little time in week to do work (for both kids and teachers) the weekend and Monday are overwhelming everyone. Is it possible to consider: Monday A day Tuesday B day (Everyone sees their classes once) Wednesday work day to do that work Thursday A day Friday B day Weekend to do that work ? This actually helps with calendar as November already has a Monday/Tuesday holiday so kids get to Thursday Friday class. Same with Thanksgiving as kids get to Monday Tuesday class. Also Christmas! That’s 3 weeks where it benefits students. The current one would heavily impact some students Thank you
You get us and for that reason I am writing to you publicly. I have colleagues who would echo my sentiment I think. The 6-day turnaround time on graded assignments is unrealistic. I am a foreign language teacher. We do not operate in the world of multiple choice. We do writing and speaking activities alone that take a tremendous amount of time to grade...especially as an upper level teacher with more complex writing and speaking assignments. Schoology has honestly slowed me down A LOT. I did all the training possible all throughout the summer, but there still is a learning curve when putting it into action. I have made so many mistakes that I have had to undo and redo. That coupled with making sure we are adhering to the new grading policy is overwhelming. I currently have no work/life. The last two weekends (holiday one included) have been nothing but work. I worked curriculum and training throughout my summer. And I’m not a new teacher. I am an accomplished veteran teacher. I feel better today, but I was crying before the day ever got started yesterday with my 4 meetings. It didn’t leave much time for planning. Denise, somerthing has got to give. PLEASE. Thank you for listening. Beth Barts-Leesburg District School Board Member