LEAP - Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents

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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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.

12/12/2018

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 ki...
11/30/2018

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.

11/29/2018
www.boarddocs.com

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

Thanks all for coming out to our "Know Your Rights" November 2018 meeting last night. The meeting recording and presenta...
11/15/2018
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 Conf...
11/10/2018

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
11/10/2018

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

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP!

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!
11/04/2018

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.

Thanks to Loudoun Youth for their contributions to LoCo!
10/27/2018

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 ...
10/24/2018

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!
10/21/2018

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!

There is angst around this situation and others involving LoCo schools. At the same time there are a lot of schools who ...
10/21/2018
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
10/20/2018

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!!!

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Oct 18) beginning at 3:30pm at t...
10/15/2018
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.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

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

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Oct 4) beginning at 9:30am at th...
10/01/2018
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.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

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

LEAP Delegate Registration Form2018-2019 School YearThe Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (known as the Alliance or ...
09/24/2018
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/

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.

Love wildlife? Love the zoo? Win tickets to the best Smithsonian special event of the year - in Front Royal on October 6...
09/19/2018

Love wildlife? Love the zoo? Win tickets to the best Smithsonian special event of the year - in Front Royal on October 6! It’s the one day of the year this facility is open to the public, so don’t miss your chance to be there!

Since 1989, LEAP has been a forum of parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members and county supervisors dedicated to excellence in education. LEAP is comprised of delegates from each school in LoCo and is accepting delegates now for the 2018-19 school year. Even students can become a delegate and represent a school. Learn more about becoming a delegate here: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:delegates

Send in your school's delegate registration form by September 28 to be entered in the drawing for this event - one lucky school will win. The pass is good for the entire event and all activities for one car of people. The winner will be chosen at random on September 28 and will receive the event details for signing up for activities, getting there, parking, food, and more!

More info: Once a year the SCBI Front Royal location, home to breeding programs for over 20 species, among other things, opens for a very special event, and you can win a pass to join the world's leading scientists for an all day event on October 6 in Front Royal - where you and your friends can participate in hands-on experiments, chat with the world's leading scientists on hot topics, and get behind the scene tours!

Thank you to all who came out or joined us online on Wednesday, Sep 12 for Kimberly Quick's presentation on educational ...
09/18/2018
Reimagining ppt version 3.pptm

Thank you to all who came out or joined us online on Wednesday, Sep 12 for Kimberly Quick's presentation on educational integration across SES, racial and ethnic lines. We have uploaded the materials for anyone who wasn't able to join us or wishes to reference it in the future. My key takeaway from the night: research showed that when disadvantaged kids were integrated into schools with more affluent peers, their performance rose by 30% while the affluent students showed no decrease. A win-win for everyone.

Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cg1GldjDzVGS6QFxWZbgTI_yTCjalxpl/view?usp=sharing

Meeting Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NGNlPN_9pHi4PKqJ4BGYrzp33ENjyHR2/view?usp=sharing

Also, we will be uploading additional reference materials related to this meeting provided by Ms. Quick as well. Look for these on the LEAP website under the Sep 2018 meeting materials (link below)

Sep 2018 Meeting Materials: http://loudounleap.wikidot.com/main:meetings-2018#toc2

Community Advocates for Education

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Sep 20) beginning at 3:30pm at t...
09/17/2018
Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Sep 20) 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. The next meeting is scheduled on Oct 4 at 9:30am.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/upshot/teacher-diversity-effect-students-learning.html"Then, girls do better with a f...
09/13/2018
Does Teacher Diversity Matter in Student Learning?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/upshot/teacher-diversity-effect-students-learning.html

"Then, girls do better with a female teacher and boys with a male one"

"When eighth graders had a female teacher instead of a male one, boys fell behind girls by the equivalent of three and a half months of learning"

"One study found that merely informing teachers about their stereotypes closed gaps in grading. An hourlong online tutorial for teachers has halved suspension rates for black students"

Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers are white women.

LEAP welcomes all interested parties (delegates, parents, educators, citizens) to join us online for tonight's meeting o...
09/12/2018
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting now

LEAP welcomes all interested parties (delegates, parents, educators, citizens) to join us online for tonight's meeting on Integration within the educational system and Title 1 funding using Zoom web conferencing.

The invitation URL is listed below. Please join us a few minutes early if you have not used Zoom before as it will require you to download a plugin for your browser.

Topic: LEAP Sep 2018 Meeting: Integration & Title 1
Time: Sep 12, 2018 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/5339975120

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: (646) 558-8665,,5339975120# or
(669) 90-06833,,5339975120#
US Call-in: (646) 558-8665 or (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 533-997-5120

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Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Sep 13) beginning at 9:30am at t...
09/10/2018
Loudoun special education committee releases meeting dates

Please consider attending the Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting this Thursday (Sep 13) 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 will be held on Sep 20 at 3:30pm.

https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-special-education-committee-releases-meeting-dates/article_314c1e4a-998c-11e8-baa6-97036f3f8fa8.html

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

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