LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

LEAP is an independent, all-volunteer, non-partisan parent network promoting interaction between parents, teachers, local leaders & LCPS administration.

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The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents encourages discourse on the articles and other information that it posts on its page. The opinions and comments are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of LEAP or have any association with LEAP.

While we understand that people sometimes have strong opinions and will not always agree on issues, we insist on respectful dialogue. LEAP will delete comments that go way off-topic, are clearly intended to fulfill a personal agenda (business or otherwise), contain profanity or lewd comments/images, are deliberately hurtful or threatening, or are potentially libelous. If it happens repeatedly, the poster will be banned from accessing our page. Please alert us (via private message) to any posts that violate the forum rules so that we can address immediately. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mission: - To provide a forum for the discussion and sharing of common educational concerns and ideas and - To serve as a network for interaction among local parent groups, students, teachers, administrators and the Loudoun County Public School System and - To secure for all students in the Loudoun County Public School System the highest advantages in academic, vocational, physical and social education. - The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) is a non-partisan network that promotes interaction between parents, teachers, School Board members and members of the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Team. The mission and objectives of LEAP are promoted via monthly meetings held during the school year on the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held in rooms 102 A and 102 B at the LCPS Administration Building in Ashburn, Virginia. Discussion of agenda topics commences at 7:00 p.m. Each two-hour program features a panel discussion on topics of interest to parents and members of the community at large, followed by a Question and Answer session and an update from LCPS Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams. Delegates are elected from each Loudoun County Public School's PTA, PTO or PTSO group to attend the monthly LEAP meetings. In addition to delegates, members of the community are encouraged to attend LEAP meetings. The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents was founded in 1989 with 20th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Thomas D. Horne serving as the first president.


2018-2019 Meetings - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP)

Received a message asking for link to the Know Your Rights recording, presentations and sample letters from November 2017. Here it is for easy access: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:meetings-2018?fbclid=IwAR1yYvRaUqFfRExbZC3relCnbAEO94d5IeCbcRepKSGf0W1CEEtp0LrORSs#toc8



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Recording of the April 3, 2019 LEAP Meeting discussing Performance-Based Teacher Compensation in DC Public Schools

Chantae Campbell and Allison Rhode of DC Public Schools gave our parent group (LEAP) an excellent presentation on DC's performance-based compensation system. The big benefits for top-performing teachers were:

1. Greater compensation
2. More opportunities and fewer observations

For the DC Public Schools and students/parents, the big benefits were:

A. Improved student achievement
B. Higher retention of experienced and highly effective teachers

For any Loudoun citizen interested in how a neighboring district has implemented such a compensation system for nearly 10 years, check out their presentation below:

- https://zoom.us/recording/play/PEtqKkxZtkrBUJ1Bo2OSLK2tHkJRRg6ROghWifRS6r6HyM5hcHqdiBMjFnleIidY?autoplay=true&startTime=1554331451000

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Indiana school district turns unused cafeteria food into take-home meals for kids

A practical and caring approach

cbs4local.com SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WSBT) - An Indiana school district is taking steps to make sure kids have enough to eat. Elkhart Community Schools students usually get breakfast and lunch at school, but on the weekends at home, they may be without food. That's where the South Bend-based non-profit Cultivate comes...


Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

A reminder of our LEAP meeting tonight at 7pm (Wed, April 3) to discuss teacher compensation policies with DC Public Schools' Chantae Campbell. We will be in-person at the Ashburn Library (Meeting Room C).

Or join online or on the phone using the Zoom info below.

Here is a link to Ms. Campbell's presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AO4nBugdY5072t18gpj47F7dzOQfn3YX/view?usp=sharing

Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/834426558

Phone dial-in: (720) 707 2699
Meeting ID: 834 426 558

Look forward to seeing you there.

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If you are interested in plans for redistricting, it’s all here in this new site where you can review and comment. Updated today:

Dear Loudoun county resident,

New plans for the boundary process released by LCPS from March 11 to March 14 are here! Brief info on how to use this tool are provided by VA Tech:


The next and last public hearing is on April 2, 2019. Make sure to visit the site before the process ends.

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Fruit and Vegetable Bug Snacks - Nature's Path

This is a model for other LCPS sites... kudos!

naturespath.com Bring out your child’s inner artist with healthy fruit and vegetable bug snacks! These cute little bugs are a fun and easy recipe for kids. This recipe is gluten free, vegan and low-sodium.


Top Student Researchers Present Work to Science Fair Judges

Students leading the way in innovation. Congrats!

loudounnow.com Loudoun's top young researchers spent Thursday morning being questioned by waves of judges as their projects were on display during the county’s the 38th annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Many of the judges will return to Riverside High School in Lansdowne tonight to hand out thousand

[03/14/19]   Tonight's presentation on Human Trafficking here in LoCo was terrifying yet so important. Many thanks to LCPS for allowing access through webinar to those unable to attend in person! The final slide encourages citizens to advocate for program implementation in education (LCPS has offered programs in 6-10 grade for students and can do more with LCPS administration support) and share what they learned with others. If you were able to attend, what did you learn?


DAC - LCPS Collaboration

Thanks to Ian Serotkin for attending this meeting and sharing the link to Va Tech produced web-interface that provides info, resources and tools to share ideas, maps and comments regarding plans submitted by Loudoun County Public Schools staff and School Board Members... https://redistrict.cs.vt.edu

redistrict.cs.vt.edu Lightridge High School, located in Aldie, Virginia is scheduled to open in Fall 2020, with the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. With the opening of Lightridge High School, Willard Intermediate School will transition to Willard Middle School serving students in grades six, seven and eight. The o...

Battle of the Bands is coming March 22

REMINDER! Battle of the Bands Final Battle is March 22nd 🎹🎤🎸

Can’t wait to see all these incredible teens perform! 🙌



Every time you refresh you get an interesting example demonstrating the importance of transparency in government

muck.rocks In several state colleges and universities, the head football coach is one of the highest paid employees - thanks to public records laws, you can discover exactly how well paid they really are.


9-Year-Old Entrepreneur Opens A Coffee Shop That Employs People With Special Needs

Inspiring! Could this happen here?

becauseofthemwecan.com Photo via: @camscoffeecreations At birth, Camden Myers suffered a traumatic brain injury and as a result has experienced some developmental and social challenges during his short nine years of life. His own personal challenges coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit led him to create "Cam’s Coffee...

Great opportunity

One of our #SULYC teams from Stone Hill Middle School, The Mad Hatters, are promoting interest in STEM by holding two exciting workshops. If you know any 3rd-5th graders sign them up-they won't want to miss out on the fun experiments, games and #ROBOTS!



Rethinking Assistive Technology

The importance of technology for equal access and equity

edutopia.org For students with disabilities, assistive technology isn’t a nice-to-have—it’s crucial to their learning and success in school.


Generation Z Is Choosing Trade School over College

The importance of trade schools - and don't forget LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee - MSAAC is having a career and apprenticeship fair on April 3.

vice.com With the job market in flux, younger Americans are trying to avoid an education that comes with a massive amount of debt.


When more is less


nctq.org Time and again research has failed to find evidence that earning a master's degree makes a teacher more effective.

[12/12/18]   Just for confirmation, there will be no LEAP meeting in December. We have rescheduled our gifted education research speakers from Duke University for January but are still working on nailing down the date. Stay tuned for our annoujcement of the spring schedule.

Loudoun County Parents of Gifted Students has invited LEAP delegates and followers to a workshop this weekend to help kids manage their anxiety. See the flyer for details on time and location.


THANK YOU LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee - MSAAC for pushing LCPS to release this information on teacher applicants and hiring! It wouldn't have been released without your advocacy. It is priceless.

- (BoardDocs link - might break at some point): https://www.boarddocs.com/vsba/loudoun/Board.nsf/files/B6NURJ73195D/$file/HRTD%20Committee%20Presentation_Final.pdf

- (LEAP downloaded copy - won't break): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zIsjgKiedVEfaQxGV06Aygr1J4tP7Jbe/view?usp=sharing



2018-2019 Meetings - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP)

Thanks all for coming out to our "Know Your Rights" November 2018 meeting last night. The meeting recording and presentation materials are now online (see our website link below).

And thank you so much to Megan Rhyne of Virginia Coalition for Open Government, Joan Proper, Grace Kim, and Sharon Tropf for graciously offering their time as panelists. Megan drove all the way from Williamsburg to speak with us! Please follow her open government news at the Facebook link above and at www.opengovva.org.

Website link to materials: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:meetings-2018#toc8


Come out or join online our "Know Your Rights" LEAP meeting this Wednesday at 7pm at the Ashburn Library.

Online Web Conference:
PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/5339975120

Or Telephone:
US: (646) 558-8665 or (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 533 997 5120

Show your interest and get more details at our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/465329300655819/

Hope to see you there! Webinar details available on https://www.facebook.com/events/465329300655819


Next week, join LoCo parents, students, citizens and Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents school delegates for a discussion of education rights and get your questions answered. The panel of experts will share students/parents' right to information, privacy, and access to a free andappropriate education, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

When/Where: November 14, 7pm, Ashburn Library

Thank you for your service!

Members of the Loudoun Sheriff's Office Office, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Loudoun County Animal Services and Leesburg Police Department, Leesburg VA Dispatchers graduated yesterday from Crisis Intervention Training.

The program was implemented in October 2012.

Today, 100% of all LCSO uniformed deputies with two or more years on patrol are trained in CIT. 100% of all dispatchers/call takers in the ECC and 93% of all deputies in Corrections and Court Services are also trained in CIT.

The Loudoun Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is designed to protect the safety, dignity and rights of persons suffering mental health issues and protect the community from potentially dangerous behavior. CIT deputies have specialized training in recognizing signs and symptoms of persons experiencing a behavioral crisis, while maintaining officer and public safety.


How Law Evolves through Judicial Interpretation - Wrightslaw

Very interesting information. Prepare to learn a lot. To learn more about your existing rights, join us for next week's meeting on Wednesday at Rust library. http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/18/nl.1030.htm

wrightslaw.com In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find out that reading caselaw will help you get a clearer sense about unwritten factors affecting case decisions and learn how the law is evolving in your Circuit.

Thanks to Loudoun Youth for their contributions to LoCo!

Join hundreds of teens across Loudoun County in this year’s Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition. Research local problems and develop long term solutions! 👨‍💼👩‍💻🏃‍♀️🗣️👏

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!”-Mahatma Gandhi

Register at www.loudounyouth.org

Appreciate your teacher with free tickets to the world premier of Long Way Down at the Kennedy Center! D.C.-area native Jason Reynolds's New York Times best-selling book comes to the stage in a compelling and timely production: Long Way Home.

LoCo appreciates our teachers... How about yours? Share your appreciation for a teacher at your school by sharing what you appreciate in 200 words or less - describe something you appreciate about a teacher at your school. Photos optional. Stories or specific examples encouraged.

Your choice: post your appreciation here on FB, Tweet it to #LEAPAppreciation or email it to [email protected] by midnight this Thursday. All schools who have turned in their LEAP form for the school year are eligible to participate. Your school can appreciate as many teachers as you would like! Two teachers will be chosen at random:
1st prize is 3 tickets
2nd prize is 2 tickets

All tickets are for this Saturday, October 27, 2018 4 pm show. Perfect show for after brunch or before dinner!

LEAP forms can be found here http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:delegates

Another student leading the way. Thank you!

Thank you Matthew Jurich and Troop 1666 for your generous donation as part of your Eagle Scout Project. We appreciate your support and it was a pleasure working with you!

Loudoun Times-Mirror

There is angst around this situation and others involving LoCo schools. At the same time there are a lot of schools who can't find a delegate to represent them at the Education Alliance for Parents - where all PTOs/PTAs/student groups/etc. have been coming together since 1989 to have their voice heard? Does anyone think all this would be still be happening if our school parent groups were working together to make recommendations to the school board, board of supervisors, LCPS administration? If you convert your worry to action and come to the November Know Your Rights meeting, do you think you might be able to make a change for the better?

Editorial: Parents in the Tuscarora High School community and across Loudoun County are outraged. And they should be.

Thank you for the example you set

We are so proud to congratulate Shreyaa on her well deserved award: @Loudoun Human Services Network Outstanding Youth Volunteer! Shreyaa founded NEST (a #SULYC Top Ten Finalist) and has volunteered over 250 hours feeding the hungry. Well done, Shreyaa!!!


Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Oct 18) beginning at 3:30pm at the LCPS admin building (21000 Education Ct in Ashburn)

All members of the public are welcome and especially if you have a special needs student or are concerned about the education of all Loudoun students. This was scheduled to be the last meeting of the Ad Hoc committee scheduled for this fall. However, additional meetings are now in the works. We will update the list here soon or check out the SEAC page to see the latest schedule.


loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.


White progressive parents and the conundrum of privilege

Do parents live by the values they advocate?


latimes.com Is a progressive parent's primary responsibility to advance the values ­of fairness, equal opportunity and social justice? Or to help their own kids get ahead?


Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Oct 4) beginning at 9:30am at the LCPS admin building (21000 Education Ct in Ashburn)

All members of the public are welcome and especially if you have a special needs student or are concerned about the education of all Loudoun students. The next meeting is scheduled on Oct 18 at 3:30pm.


loudountimes.com An ad hoc committee on Loudoun County Public Schools' special education policies and practices will begin meeting later this month.


Welcome to LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP)

LEAP Delegate Registration Form
2018-2019 School Year

The Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (known as the Alliance or LEAP) began in 1989 to provide an active forum for local parent groups, students, teachers, administrators, and the school board to discuss and share important educational ideas and issues.

We meet the second Wednesday of each month to explore innovative topics related to education. Our meetings are open to the public, including members of the Loudoun County School Board, the Board of Supervisors, and LCPS administrators. We all share an interest in providing the highest advantages of education to our students.

We actively identify the topics of most importance to our school district from the perspective of school delegates. Each school parent organization can have two delegates who will work to identify ideas and issues to collaborate on via the Alliance. School parent groups can also have alternate delegates in case identified delegates are not available to attend a meeting.

School parent group delegates can identify topics for meetings, form committees, introduce recommendations for improvements, obtain the latest information on a range of issues, execute projects and programs, and introduce and vote on Alliance motions. Please see the attached list of delegate roles and responsibilities.

LEAP’s expenses are funded by annual dues paid by each school parent group(s). Dues are $20 per school parent group. The deadline for dues is October 30.

We believe that our alliance can exceed what any of us can accomplish on our own. We look forward to working together this year!

Find this Delegate Registration form, information about the Alliance, and more on http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/

loudounleap.wikidot.com Please see our LEAP Delegates page to learn how to register as your parent group's delegates or to see a list of current delegates.

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