Denise Corbo, Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large

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

Operating as usual

Brenda L. Sheridan-Sterling District School Board Representative
10/30/2020

Brenda L. Sheridan-Sterling District School Board Representative

I’m amazed at the dedication I see from school to school. So grateful! Thank you for your time and great smile (through your mask) Principal Short!

Loudoun County Public Schools Virginia Department of Education - VDOE

#LCPS #sterling #loudounva #education

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.

Brenda L. Sheridan-Sterling District School Board Representative
10/28/2020

Brenda L. Sheridan-Sterling District School Board Representative

Beginning with the class of 2025, LCPS will discontinue class rank and use the Latin Honor System: top 5% (Summa Cum Laude), 10% (Magna Cum Laude) and 20% (Cum Laude).

Loudoun County Public Schools

#latinhonorssystem #classof2025 #LCPS #summacumlaude #magnacumlaude #cumlaude

Ian Serotkin, Loudoun County School Board Member, Blue Ridge District
10/23/2020

Ian Serotkin, Loudoun County School Board Member, Blue Ridge District

Plan 1 for Thompson and Hovatter ES rezonings.

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.

Loudoun County Public Schools
10/23/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has committed $317,750 in grant funding, through the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF), to support Loudoun County Public Schools’ efforts to close opportunity gaps and support students who are historically underrepresented in advanced academic programs.

This grant will expand the existing Propel and Level Up (https://tinyurl.com/yxzcu56y) STEM programs initially funded by the Cooke Foundation in 2017. These after-school and school-day programs are designed to challenge high-potential students and provide experiences that develop critical skills needed for success in advanced academic programming.

A new wave of initiatives also will be funded through this grant. The new endeavors will focus on:

To view full article visit, tinyurl.com/y6sccbpa

Brenda L. Sheridan-Sterling District School Board Representative
10/23/2020

Brenda L. Sheridan-Sterling District School Board Representative

Tonight is the Legislative Program Virtual Presentation. It’s normally a breakfast but tonight’s it’s a virtual dinner or maybe dessert 🤔. Thank you to all of our public servants. Please join us! https://www.lcps.org/Page/140009

Delegate Suhas Subramanyam
10/23/2020

Delegate Suhas Subramanyam

Tonight I joined the Loudoun County Public Schools School Board for their Legislative Program to discuss my top priorities for making sure Loudoun's schools remain some of the best in the Commonwealth for all students to learn, grow, and succeed, especially during this pandemic.

Virginia Department of Education - VDOE
10/21/2020

Virginia Department of Education - VDOE

REMINDER: Join us tomorrow, Thursday, October 22 at 7:00PM for a *New* Virginia Data Dashboards & CDC Metrics Informing School Decision Making webinar with @DrJamesLane and Dr. Laurie Forlano. Visit https://www.youtube.com/c/VirginiaPTA to tune in!

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

This hurts my heart... I’ve received so many messages from our teachers and support staff who are working harder than ev...
10/07/2020

This hurts my heart... I’ve received so many messages from our teachers and support staff who are working harder than ever with distance learning. Today Schoology experienced issues and teachers frantically went into action trying to create work arounds and send links using google.

Our teachers continue to share with me the expectations that have been placed on them are unreal right now. They are expected to create modified online versions of PALS and DRAs, administer with fidelity MAP, FastBridge and other testing, field constant emails from the parents that are complaining that it is either too much work being given and alternatively the ones complaining that there isn't enough being given, and in top of it manage the new grading policy, test after hours and deal with and provide technology support with constant Schoology and LCPS issues almost daily if not hourly. Teachers meet with students half the time and the curriculum has not been modified so the workload to ensure students have access to lessons to meet the curriculum takes on an impossible workload to develop, administrator and access student’s learning and progress. Students and parents have also shared that the distance schedule, workload and tech problems are all taking a toll on the mental health of everyone. It's overwhelming!

I want you to know I hear your DL and return to school concerns and have shared them with the superintendent and his staff. I encourage teachers, the support staff and the community to keep reaching out to your building administrators, the superintendent, LEA and the School Board. (It’s also been shared that employees fear retribution if they speak up, so maybe calibration with teams is away to help bring concerns to admin. For example... the 3rd grade team would like to suggest... rather than I suggest...) It is critical for the division to resolve as many issues as possible as soon as possible in the DL model especially when they are impacting the mental health of our staff and children.

(DL is the only option for many of our students and staff and it is our default model if we are faced with a shutdown. Working toward DL solutions is just as important as the comprehensive return to school plan with metrics that I have been advocating for over the past few months.)

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…

Symone for Students
10/01/2020

Symone for Students

It was announced at the English Language Arts Advisory Committee (ELAAC) last night that APS is transitioning to Structured Literacy. This is fantastic news! This will level the playing field in reading for so many of our struggling readers. I have been advocating for this for a long time. It is absolutely the right direction for APS.

What is Structured Literacy?

"Structured Literacy instruction is the umbrella term used by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to unify and encompass evidence-based programs and approaches that are aligned to the Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS; Cowen, 2016). IDA defines KPS as “the knowledge and skills that all teachers of reading should possess to teach all students to read proficiently.” Structured Literacy approaches are effective at helping students with learning disabilities in the area of reading, such as dyslexia, learn to read and write (Spear-Swerling, 2019). Put simply, Structured Literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, word recognition, phonics and decoding, spelling, and syntax at the sentence and paragraph levels."

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

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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!

Thank you to Mr. Campbell and his students at Riverside High School for inviting me to join several DL classes this week...
09/26/2020

Thank you to Mr. Campbell and his students at Riverside High School for inviting me to join several DL classes this week to shared my story about getting involved in local politics and the importance having a voice in decision making.

Top questions from students included:
✅ Why did we go with Schoology and Chromebooks?
✅ When will high school be back in school?
✅ Why can’t we switch to an AB schedule?

For those who don’t already know:

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09/23/2020

I was in “Tundra Country” today and had the pleasure of visiting a one of our finest LCPS distance learning educators in “sign language” action! I appreciate every single educator giving their all everyday for our students and families. Loudoun County Public Schools

I have fallen in love with this book! I PROMISE, LeBron James delivers a perfect message to children and adults. Setting...
09/23/2020

I have fallen in love with this book! I PROMISE, LeBron James delivers a perfect message to children and adults. Setting goals, working hard and holding yourself accountable are the steps to success. It’s not always easy to continue on your path especially when others around you may not see things in the same way or have the same motives. When you have bumps along the way and are knocked down, that’s when you learn the most. You become stronger and learn the importance of advocating for yourself, being the voice to stand up for what you believe in and most importantly always being true to yourself. I look forward to adding I PROMISE to my read aloud collection as I share stories with children in their virtual and in person classrooms environments this year.

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Loudoun County Public Schools
09/22/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

Heritage High School English teachers volunteered to distribute books from 4 to 7 p.m. September 15 through 17 at the high school.

The teachers gave out consumable textbooks – books that students can write in and don’t have to return – and independent reading novels.

The teacher volunteers – Katherine Littell, Ken Schiffer, Renee Crawford, Peter Stephens, Colleen Dobbs and Joelle Good – wore Pride masks as they gave out more than 300 brand-new novels, bought with the support of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) English Department. Students selected from several genres. The teachers promoted the additional reading as an excellent way for students to continue learning off-screen during distance learning.

Loudoun County Public Schools
09/21/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

New Book Services to Begin Monday

Students across Loudoun County will have two new ways to access high-quality learning resources starting Monday, Sept. 21.

The Media Services office has announced that students may check out library books to support their distance learning in one of two ways.

First, elementary students may visit the “book bus” on Mondays. During Mondays, the buses that currently deliver meals to communities across the school division will also deliver books to students who have requested them. Students may visit their respective school websites to access an online form for making the request. Students may determine the bus stop nearest their home by accessing this map (https://lcps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=e2ed2993097b41fd9af0e44df83e3903).

As for returning those books, students can return them to a box at the back of the bus when they have finished reading them. Supervisor Elissa Moritz explained that, per the recommendations of the Realm Project (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums), books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are returned to circulation for another student to check out. Students will have longer checkout periods and can check out larger numbers of books than in the past.

Second, at the secondary level, students also may access an online form to request materials from their school library. Secondary students may use a “concierge” pickup service by scheduling an appointment to drive by the school. Those unable to visit the school for pickups may also utilize the “book bus” service.

Librarians and library assistants will staff the “book bus” and provide the “concierge” pickup service.

The “book bus” program is a collaborative effort, bringing together resources from the Department of Instruction, the Planning Department and the Transportation Department.

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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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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.
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
Please tell Dr. Williams his apology email received today needs to be sent to parents after his pathetic letter on Friday threw us under the bus.
GET OUR KIDS IN SCHOOL AND GET RID OF WILLIAMS
Hello Denise! I was wondering if you received my email a little over a week ago and if you had any input on the last paragraph. Thanks, Sara Stephenson
How do we send you messages? Thank you.
Denise thank you for staying connected to those who are in the “classroom”. I’m sure you have heard about the “PLAYLIST”, the asynchronous training sessions we must complete by specific dates. I hope you and the board will look at these and click through every single link. Many of these were not ready when our workday began,last Wednesday. Now they are available and some are rediculous. I don’t have my first day of lessons for any class in Schoology, yet I am to learn some RIDICULOUS grade policy change, attend IEP meetings, more school meetings, be at school to hand out books to students, plan for Meet the Teacher/Student Live, and do these by end of day Thursday. There isn’t enough time in the day. It’s not happening. If Dr. Williams and Dr. Ellis seriously are concerned for staff mental health, they would have intervened by now. Is this a ploy to force us back into the classroom, willing to get sick or worse during a pandemic rather than teach remotely?
With the possibility of needing to use the parking lot at Woodgrove for internet, will the school be open for my children and myself to use the rest room? Thank-you
Hi, I would like to understand if LCPS (Williams) is going to continue down the Implicit Bias, Systemic Racism and Racial Consciousness path, if they will incorporate some additional history on where this "movement" largely got its roots. Specifically, a man by the name of Manning Johnson and the Negro Communist Commission. What educational value is there in teaching all of this white supremacy instruction without having some historical context from one of the very first black leaders of the NCC. He later went on to write a book called "Color, Communism and Common Sense". The NCC's directives were sent to them directly from Moscow and 100% designed to keep black people down while blaming white people. This type of discussion should not be onesided.