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Eric Carbaugh, Ph.D. Associate Professor in the Department of Middle, Secondary and Math Education, James Madison University Welcome to the 2015 edition of Virginia Educational Leadership: School is for Innovators! Inside, we have an array of articles sharing innovative approaches for classrooms and schools. In this year's edition, we are excited to have a special section devoted to the development and use of Performance Tasks to assess student application and transfer of learning in Virginia. is section highlights a shi in assessment policy at the state and federal levels, and aligns with VASCD's policy positions. In Albemarle County, Borash and Blundin describe their district's use of summer Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (CAI) Institutes to create performance tasks that assess skills critical to life-long learning. In Virginia Beach, Wren provides an overview of the development and implementation of Integrated Performance Tasks (IPTs) designed to measure critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication. To provide perspectives on how the IPTs drive the work of classroom teachers in the same district, Abbott's article shares findings from qualitative data gathered on the implementation of IPTs in two Virginia Beach elementary schools. Last, we have an article about a shi in assessment policy from Harris, who shares information about advocating for educational change using recent Virginia legislation calling for a reduction the number of Standards of Learning as a model. In our Professional Development and Practice section we have three articles. e first two of these examine innovative approaches to improving classroom practices. Neall, Weinberg, and Wilder describe their district's approach to supporting novice educators through video feedback during coaching. Carr and Martin-McCoy conducted interviews to determine the perspectives and practices of teachers From the Editor's Desk vaascd.org Virginia Educational Leadership Vol. 12 2015 4

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