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Annual Conference 2016: Future-Ready Students

November 30- December 2, 2016

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

Join Lee Crockett, President of the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, to learn the essential elements of high-quality project-based learning; and meet faculty from Virginia schools using a variety of approaches to PBL.

Conference, Dec. 1-2: Future-Ready Students



 Ted Dintersmith, Executive Producer of the film Most Likely to Succeed and co-author with Tony Wagner of the book of the same name.



Ron Clark, Teacher and Administrator at the Ron Clark Academy, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and subject of The Ron Clark Story.



John Hodge, President of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center, an organization focused on student achievement and equity.



Jennie Magiera, CTO for Illinois Des Plaines District 62, TEDx Speaker, and author of Courageous Edventures.

See the full conference schedule here.


Register for Conference ($325), Preconference ($225) or Both ($490).  Register here.

If you are registering a group of 10 or more attendees, use the promo code GROUP2016 for a 10% discount.

Use this link to request a reservation at the Williamsburg Doubletree, the conference hotel. Additional lodging is available at the Courtyard by Marriott, which is also providing a block of rooms at a reduced rate until November 9. Use this link for the Courtyard by Marriott.

Registration fees paid to VASCD are non-refundable. If you register for an event and find you cannot attend, we will be happy to transfer your registration to a colleague.

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 across school divisions 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, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Goochland County Schools

We're very sorry. This session has been cancelled. We hope you will participate in another VASCD program.

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).

Registration fees paid to VASCD are non-refundable. If you register for an event and find you cannot attend, we will be happy to transfer your registration to a colleague.

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.This event is an excellent opportunity for school-based teams including classroom and resource teachers, tech coaches, and principals as it focuses on a team approach to differentiation.

Featured Keynotes:

The Myths, Misconceptions, and Realities of a Differentiated Classroom

Eric M. Carbaugh, Associate Professor at James Madison University and Co-author of The Differentiated Flipped Classroom: A Practical Guide to Digital Learning.

Your New Job Title: Educational Experience Designer for All

Chris Bugaj, Assistive Technology Specialist, Consultant, and Co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools.


See the program here.  


**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 bwintervascd@gmail.com.