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Student-Centered Coaching

September 6-7, Blue Ridge Community College


Student-Centered Coaching introduces a new way of looking at and delivering coaching that puts the needs of students front and center. By focusing coaching on specific goals for student learning rather than "fixing" teachers, a coach can navigate directly towards a measurable impact and increased student achievement. This session is a great fit for K-12 instructional coaches as well as principals who are leading a coaching effort. 


Join ASCD and Diane Sweeney for this two-day institute, where you will:

    - learn how to implement the core practices for student-centered coaching;

    - develop tools and techniques for engaging teachers in coaching cycles; and

    - gain ideas for leading a coaching effort in your school or division.

    See the agenda here.

    Diane Sweeney is the author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (2016), Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (2013), Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principal (2010) and Learning Along the Way: Professional Development By and For Teachers (2003)

Register here. Please note: VASCD does not refund registration fees. However, we are happy to transfer them. If you register and later find you cannot attend, please notify us regarding who will attend in your place.

See Diane's video introduction to Student-Centered Coaching here.

Register here.


Like Peanut Butter and Jelly: Uniting the 5Cs and the SOL

Sept. 28 (Roanoke), October 19 (Winchester), or November 2 (Richmond)


Students need to build skills in the 5Cs* in oder to succeed in the world outside of school. But how can teachers focus on these skills and still meet the demands of the Standards of Learning? Join us to learn an intentional planning process that will help your students develop the 5Cs and master SOL content at the same time.

* The 5 Cs for student learning endorsed by the Virginia Board of Education are critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and citizenship.

Our presenter is Shannon King, Manager of Best Practices for Teaching and Learning for Fairfax County Schools. She is a leader and expert in teaching for deeper learning and innovative assessment methods, and serves as a Training Associate for the Thinking Collaborative.

To attend the September 28 Roanoke session, register here.

To attend the October 19 Winchester session, register here.

To attend the November 2 Richmond session, register here. 

Please note: VASCD does not refund registration fees, but we are happy to transfer them. Should you register and then find that you are unable to attend, please notify us about who your substitute will be.


Southwest Conference 2017: Performance Assessment at Its Best

September 29, Abingdon


​Virginia teachers are making greater use of performance-based assessments, but how do we know if we're doing it well? Join Kristina Doubet at VASCD's Annual Southwest Conference to learn how Virginia has defined the qualities of effective performance assessment and how to apply them in your own classroom.

Bring your own performance assessment or use on of our examples. We will use the Virginia Department of Education's Criteria for Quality Performance-Based Assessments to analyze and revise our assessments so they are the best they can be!

Register here. Please note: VASCD does not refund registration fees. However, we are happy to transfer them. If you register and later find you cannot attend, please notify us regarding who will attend in your place.