Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, Inc.
324 Factory Street
South Boston VA 24592-3815
Mission Statement Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, Inc. prepares tomorrow's workforce by fostering partnerships and providing services to support student success for advanced study that leads to postsecondary education and credentials needed for careers.  
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Veronica Tate
Board Chair Jack Reasor
Board Chair Company Affiliation Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Contact Information
Address 324 Factory Street
South Boston, VA 245923815
Telephone 434 575-0692
Fax 434 269-8901
E-mail vassinfo@vaadvstudies.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $768,705.00
Projected Expenses $703,302.00
Statements
Mission Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, Inc. prepares tomorrow's workforce by fostering partnerships and providing services to support student success for advanced study that leads to postsecondary education and credentials needed for careers.  
Impact
Past Year:
  1. Identified more than 300 math competencies used in technician-level STEM and health occupations for university training programs
  2. Aided in curriculum development with business involvement for Richmond-area regional high school
  3. Completed development of a model, Rural Math Excel Partnership, to support student success in mathematics in rural areas (funded by U.S. Department of Education Investing In Innovation grant)
 
Current (as of February 2017): 
  1. Developing network of 40 pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 teachers, Rural Math Innovation Network, in 20 Southside and Southwest Virginia school divisions to participate in a virtual network to create and use lesson plans that increase student pass rates on math portions of career-readiness assessments such as the National Career Readiness Certificate (funded by second U.S. Department of Education Investing In Innovation grant)
  2. Developing How-To Resources to support the scale-up of Rural Math Excel Partnership model
 
Needs
VASS seeks additional collaboration and partnership opportunities to create and implement innovative solutions to problems of practice impacting college and career preparation of students in Virginia's K-12 schools.  To increase the reach and impact of our work, we need: 1) to continue to develop relationships with the state's school division administrators to better understand their challenges and needs; 2) raise operating funds or other types of grant funds to carry out our work;  and 3) create partnerships with local business, community and workforce development entities, higher education and others.
 
Background
Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, Inc. (VASS) is a nonprofit education organization founded in 2007 under the direction of Governor Kaine as the state affiliate of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).  During the six-year NMSI project, VASS attracted more than $21M in grant funds for the project and provided extensive support for Advanced Placement success through teacher professional development and student assistance.  Over 75 schools and thousands of students participated in the NMSI work.  
 
Since then, VASS has garnered over $6M in additional grant funds to implement education innovation projects in Virginia.  The Rural Math Excel Partnership, a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation project, began in 2013 with six Southside Virginia school divisions.  This development project focused on creating a model of shared responsibility that calls on parents, teachers and community members to each play unique roles in supporting student success in math to help them prepare to enter high-demand STEM and health occupations.  
 
In December 2016, VASS was awarded a second U.S. Department of Education Investing In Innovation grant to implement the Rural Math Innovation Network.  The network will connect 40 teachers in 20 school divisions in Southside and Southwest Virginia in a virtual improvement community to create innovative math lesson plans infused with math competencies needed for success in STEM and health careers and motivation strategies to help students understand the importance of math-to-career success.  
 
VASS also provides curriculum development support services to help connect business needs to classroom instruction.  Overall, VASS solutions focus on increasing college and career preparation for Virginia's students.
 
CEO Statement
VASS is one of Virginia's only nonprofit education organizations focused on creating solutions to education challenges.  As such, we are uniquely positioned to seek grant funding as the lead on collaborative partnerships drawing on the shared expertise of a variety of partners: school divisions, community and workforce development organizations, government entities, higher education entities and others interested in ensuring student preparation for degrees or careers beyond high school.
 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Statewide
Under NMSI, VASS worked statewide with many school divisions.  The recent Investing In Innovation awards have focused on rural areas of the state - Southside and Southwest.  VASS has participated in other projects in various parts of the state, including Richmond metro area, Hampton Roads and others.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Jack Reasor
Company Affiliation Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Term Jan 2010 to Dec 2017
Email jreasor@odec.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ted Bennett Retired, Southern VA Higher Education Center Executive Director
Julie Brown Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
John Carney Carney Labs, Inc.
Katherine DeRosear Virginia Manufacturers Alliance
Ron Jefferson Appalachian Electric Power
Keith Martin Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Jack Reasor Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Chris Swynford Swynford Law Firm
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Veronica Tate
Experience

Veronica Tate is a seasoned educator with expertise in national education policy, state administration, program implementation, professional development services, curriculum development, and instructional pedagogy. Veronica holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization from Brown University.

As the President and CEO for Virginia Advanced Study Strategies, Inc. (VASS), Veronica Tate provides strategic direction to the organization’s educational support services to school divisions across Virginia. She builds partnerships with school divisions, industry partners, state and community groups, and other educational entities. She also serves as the co-director for the Rural Math Excel Partnership (RMEP), an Investing in Innovation (i3) project operated by VASS. She provides support to the director and project staff in designing and delivering project services and dissemination efforts.

In her previous position as the Director of the Office of Program Administration and Accountability at the Virginia Department of Education, Veronica provided overall leadership and direction in Virginia’s administration and implementation of federal programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). She developed statewide policy related to ESEA program implementation and advised the executive leadership team on emerging trends and issues in federal education policy. Veronica coordinated various ESEA accountability applications, reports, and processes, including the statewide Accountability Workbook, Consolidated State Performance Report, School Improvement Grant application, federal program monitoring, and the Title III Accountability Plan. Veronica had oversight of Virginia’s $320M in annual ESEA awards via state administrative budgets and allocations to school divisions.

During her tenure at the Department, Veronica served as a primary liaison to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, as Virginia’s federal liaison for the Council of Chief State School Officers, and as the President of the National Title I Association.

Prior to assuming the directorship at the Department, Veronica served as Director for Professional Learning Services at Teachscape, Inc. In this role, she managed large-scale contracts across the United States for professional development services to teachers and leadership training for school administrators. During her employment at Bright Futures Learning, Inc., Veronica served as coordinator for a statewide tutoring program for eligible students at Title I schools. Her other educational experiences include serving as a school administrator, department chair, and high school social studies teacher.
Staff
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 0
Contractors 10
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description
CEO/ED/Board Comments VASS is focused on broadening the impact and scope of our projects and services to positively affect the long-term success of Virginia's student population.  With a staff of five, we often find ourselves making decisions regarding the best use of our human and fiscal resources.  Most nonprofits wrestle with similar questions.  One of biggest challenges is growing our work while implementing our current efforts with full fidelity.  Under the guidance of our Board and in partnership with other entities seeking to prepare students for future success, we are pursuing funding opportunities that will allow us to provide a broader array of services to more areas of the state.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $768,705.00
Projected Expenses $703,302.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$720,149$670,831$450,096
Federal$720,149$670,831$450,096
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
$178,923$288,287$371,357
$74,948$34,381$52,525
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13$9$25
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other--$2,650--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$943,817$955,143$1,233,253
Administration Expense$44,015$55,891$51,709
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.990.68
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%94%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$242,492$253,464$479,780
Current Assets$238,489$250,270$478,399
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$9,325$6,498$217,938
Total Net Assets$233,167$246,966$261,842
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.5838.512.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
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Solicitations Permit
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