Students need more than core academic content to prepare them for life beyond school. But how do we create this richer, more engaging, more relevant learning environment in our classrooms? At #VASCD16 you will hear from nationally-recognized keynoters, engage with concurrent session presenters from Virginia schools, and add new colleagues to your professional learning network. Prepare for a tremendous learning experience!
Preconference November 30: The Power of Project- Based Learning
Leadership Series: Making a Difference From Central Office
Sept. 27, Oct. 11, and Nov. 16, 2016
These sessions will guide division-level leaders as they provide technical assistance and support for innovation in their schools, while building positive relationships and a collaborative culture. Register for one, two, or all three sessions (see discount codes below). Participants who attend two or more sessions receive supplementary materials as well as invitations to our "slow twitter chat" and an online panel discussion in January with highly successful central office leaders.
Building Partnerships, Relationships and Networks, Sept. 27, Zion Crossroads
Presenter: Gena Keller, Superintendent of Fluvanna County Schools
Central office administrators lead change through their relationships with others, both inside and outside their school divisions. Credibility with teachers, trusting relationships with principals, and reliable networks that reach into the community and region are all essential to effectiveness. This session will explore how the transition from school-based to division-level roles can challenge one's relationships, and suggest approaches (beyond being "visible") for building your internal and external networks. Your $139 registration fee includes lunch. Register here. (If you are an active VASCD member, use the code 2016MEMBER for a 10% discount.)
Leading Innovation Within the SOL Framework, Oct. 11, Fredericksburg
Presenter: Steve Geyer, Interim Superintendent of Goochland County Schools
How can schools equip students with higher-level skills, ensure that their learning is relevant to the real world, and still focus on the Standards of Learning? Participants in this session will discover ways division-level leaders support classroom innovation, encouraging teachers to step away from "teaching to the bullets", and use the standards as a basis for a curriculum in which content and skills are integrated, applied, and extended. Register here (If you are an active VASCD member, use the code 2016MEMBER for a 10% discount).
Assessment Design as Professional Development, Nov. 16, Charlottesville
Presenters: Amy Griffin, Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools; Ebbie Linaburg, Assistant Superintendent of Shenandoah County Schools; and Julie Myers, Director of Middle/Secondary Instruction, Frederick County Schools.
Professional development is most effective when it is job embedded and sustained over time, and classroom assessment is a powerful driver of instruction. For these reasons, engagement in the process of thoughtfully redesigning assessment is one of the most meaningful professional development experiences teachers can have. In addition, the resulting body of work informs and improves instruction for students. In this session, you will hear about ways that leaders design, guide, and support this process, and apply the lessons from their experiences to your own professional context. Register here (If you are an active VASCD member, use the code 2016MEMBER for a 10% discount).
REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND THE SERIES OF THREE SESSIONS AND RECEIVE A 15% DISCOUNT.
Bridging the Gap: Teaming Up for Differentiation
September 29, 2016, Virginia Tech Southwest Center, Abingdon
Classrooms are diverse. Some students are identified as gifted or having learning disabilities. They may be learning to speak English or be on the autism spectrum, or they may have no "designation" at all. Each student has unique interests and ways of learning. This conference will help teachers meet student needs using varied instructional strategies, technology applications, and team approaches designed to support teaching and learning.
**Registration fees for VASCD conferences and events are not refundable. However, they are transferable. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please contact us at (434) 466-7466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.