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Wednesday, November 16
 

9:30am

Parliamentary Procedures 2.0
Can one ever have too much training on parliamentary procedure? Never, you say? Here is a three-hour hands-on session that will help you become more efficient and your board more efficient. Training will include unique hands-on projects and role playing. This session always fills up, so sign up early!

Moderators
ED

Elsie Dennis

Surry County Board Member

Speakers
CC

Carlos Clanton

Certified Professional Parliamentarian


Wednesday November 16, 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm
Tidewater A/B

9:30am

Strong Community Engagement? When Pigs Fly!
Participants will learn a series of practical, proven ways to increase community awareness of division success stories and ways to become involved in supporting schools' efforts. By the end of the class, the group will have created a sample engagement/marketing/branding plan workable for school systems regardless of size or trained communications staff support.

Moderators
DA

Dr. Andrea Hall-Leonard

Franklin City School Board

Speakers
BH

Brad Hughes

Director of Member Support/Communications, Kentucky School Boards Association


Wednesday November 16, 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm
Tidewater C/D

11:00am

Welcome Cider
Sponsored by Constellation, An Exelon Company


Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm
Colony Foyer

11:00am

COSA Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:00am - 3:30pm
Piedmont A/B

11:30am

Student Achievement Fair
Wednesday November 16, 2016 11:30am - 1:45pm
Alleghany

12:00pm

Award of Distinction Luncheon (Invite Only)
By invitation only.

Thank you to our sponsor, VMDO Architects.

Speakers
ND

Natalie DiFusco-Funk

Natalie DiFusco-Funk is a fifth grade teacher at West Salem Elementary School in Salem. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is the 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year, having been selected as the 2016 Region 6 Teacher of the Year.



Wednesday November 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Piedmont C

2:00pm

Wednesday General Session
Thank you to our sponsor, Sodexo.

The choir from Fort Chiswell High School in Wythe County, VA will perform.

The 2016 Student Video Contest Awards, sponsored by Milestone Communications, will be presented.

The VSBA Exhibitor Scholarships, sponsored by M.B. Kahn and Ameresco, will be awarded to 2 student school board representatives.

The 2016 Green Schools Challenge Awards, sponsored by Moseley Architects, will be presented.

The Quarter Century, Board of Distinction and Regional School Board Member of the Year Awards will be presented. 

Opening remarks will be given by Mark Brown.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Colony ABC

4:30pm

Blue Ridge Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tidewater D

4:30pm

Central Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Piedmont C

4:30pm

Eastern Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tidewater A

4:30pm

Northeastern Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Alleghany

4:30pm

Southern Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Liberty

4:30pm

Southside Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tidewater B

4:30pm

Southwest Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Piedmont A/B

4:30pm

Tidewater Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tidewater C

4:30pm

Valley Region Meeting
Wednesday November 16, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Patriot

5:00pm

President's Reception
Thank you to our sponsor, VACORP.


Wednesday November 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virginia Room

8:00pm

VSBA Movie Night

The film Waiting for “Most Likely To Succeed ” will be shown and discussed. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thank you to our sponsor, Therapeutic Interventions & Heritage for Kids.
 


Wednesday November 16, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Tidewater C/D

8:00pm

Education Celebration Reception and Dance
Entertainment will be provided by Charles "CC" Carter.

Thank you to our sponsor, RRMM. 


Wednesday November 16, 2016 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Colony ABC
 
Thursday, November 17
 

7:00am

VSBA 5K

Support physical activity in schools by runningor walking in the 13th annual VSBA 5k sponsored by BCWH! The race begins at 7:00AM at the Williamsburg Lodge. Walk, run, skip, or even dance across the finish line to celebrate the annual Virginia School Boards Association convention!

You can register for the VSBA 5k Walk/Run online at the link provided below OR at the BCWH booth during the VSBA Convention on November 16, 2016.

T-shirts can be picked up from the BCWH booth before the race during the VSBA Convention, please bring your registration confirmation letter.

Register Today-

https://register.chronotrack.com/r/22459



Thursday November 17, 2016 7:00am - 7:30am
Williamsburg Lodge

8:00am

Breakfast
Join us for a buffet breakfast in the Virginia Room Thursday morning from 8:00-9:15AM.
 
Thank you to our sponsor Benefit Plan Administrators, Inc.
 


Thursday November 17, 2016 8:00am - 9:15am
Virginia Room

8:45am

Thursday General Session
Thank you to our sponsor, Source4Teachers.

The Goodfellas from Kellam High School in Virginia Beach will perform.

Remarks will be given by Steve Pemberton.

Speakers
SP

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton is Vice-President, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance. Prior to that he served as Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens. He is widely considered a subject matter expert on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the sustainability of organizations and the communities they serve.



Thursday November 17, 2016 8:45am - 10:00am
Colony ABC

9:00am

All-Day Refreshment Break
Refreshments will be available in the Virgnia Room.

Thank you to our sponsor, Accelify. 


Thursday November 17, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Virginia Room

9:45am

Clerks Fall Workshop
  • Attend the VSBA Annual Convention general sessions
    • Participate in roundtable discussions to develop the clerks code of conduct
    • Hear a presentation on Communication
    • Learn about legal hot topics from VSBA Director of Legal and Policy Services Elizabeth Ewing
    • Learn how to correctly identify when a FOIA request has been made and how you must respond, the handling of emails and other electronic records and the cost for producing records under FOIA.
    • And more!
Thank you to our sponsor, Produce Source Partners!

 


Moderators
MB

Marsha Buehner

Clerk, Augusta County Public Schools | 2016 Clerks Vice Chair
AC

Annie Clay

Clerk, Amelia County Public Shools | 2016 Clerks Chair

Speakers
KB

Kenita Bowers

Director of Communications, Richmond City Public Schools
ME

Maria Everett

Executive Director and Senior Attorney, VA FOIA Council
EE

Elizabeth Ewing

VSBA Director of Legal and Policy Services
SH

Stacy Haney

Partner, Reed Smith
KH

Kimberly Hodges

VSBA Database Specialist



Thursday November 17, 2016 9:45am - 4:00pm
Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel

10:15am

Board Members Guide to Design and Construction
School Boards are often placed in a position of responsibility for the renovation or new construction of the schools in their community, yet they must work from limited experience with such a costly and potentially complex endeavor. A singular construction project can be complex enough, yet board members must often weigh so many factors that surround a given project. What about changing demographics? Shall we build new or renovate? How will our decision affect other schools? Are we planning well for the future of education or are we caught in the status quo? Who should we hire to help us? How shall we involve the community? What are the steps we should follow? What can we afford? How do we start?!

Moderators
DJ

Dr. John Ocheltree

Augusta County School Board

Speakers
DC

Dr. Chuck Bishop

Dr. Chuck Bishop is a veteran public school administrator and currently serves as the superintendent for Clarke County | Public Schools. He has also held the chief executive role in Augusta County and the City of Radford. In each | community, he has been directly involved in the oversight of significant construction projects including renovations, | major additions, new schools, and projects delivered under the PPEA.
DH

Duane Harver

Duane Harver is the CEO and Director of K-12 projects for RRMM Architects. Operating from RRMM’s corporate office | in Chesapeake, VA, Duane is a licensed architect with over 30 years of experience in the design of public schools of | every size and type.
BM

Ben Motley

Ben Motley is licensed architect and the leader of the Roanoke Studio of RRMM Architects. Ben also has over 30 years of experience in the design of public schools of every size and type, including numerous project delivery methods such | as the traditional design-bid-build, PPEA, construction Management at Risk, and Multiple Prime Contracts.


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Piedmont C

10:15am

Change the Process!
Learn how Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) has used BoardDocs as their online governance solution. BoardDocs enables the MCPS Team to adopt a better board management system for school board meetings while increasing transparency. MCPS has simplified the school board agenda process and implemented a paperless environment. This has led to an increase in effective communication with all stakeholders, including community members and all MCPS staff.

Moderators
CW

Camilla Washington

Fluvanna County School Board, VSBA Member-At-Large

Speakers
LM

Lee Miller

Lee Miller has worked in the Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) since 2007. Lee volunteered frequently for the | district before joining as a staff member and was also a graduate of MCPS.


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Piedmont A

10:15am

Engaging the School Community Via Social Media
Key goals of the district’s enVISION 2018 strategic plan included engaging families and the community to ensure open communication and student success, so Henry County Public Schools administrators resolved to meet school community members outside of the traditional school setting. Sharing student successes with the school community via outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs has led to greater interaction and support for programs and school activities from families and school community partners. Learn more about involving the community through social media and how to make these tools work for the schools in your district.

Moderators
JL

Jarret Lee

Gloucester County School Board

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Jared Cotton

Dr. Jared Cotton has proudly served as the Superintendent for Henry County Public Schools since January 2012, where he has led innovation in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and 1:1 technology to support student engagement and achievement. Dr. Cotton, a National certified Superintendent through AASA, frequently shares his experiences as a | teacher and administrator with both aspiring principals and superintendents as an... Read More →
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Monica Hatchett

Monica Hatchett is proud to serve Henry County as a liaison for school community engagement. Her experience as a teacher, mentor, adjunct professor, and parent motivates a quest for best practices in school community interaction in the ever-evolving world of social media.


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Colony ABC

10:15am

Future-Ready Assessments: Implementing Highly Effective Performance-Based Assessments in Your School
Future assessments signify an exciting shift away from standardized assessments and toward more authentic assessments, namely performance-based assessments. However, as schools develop PBAs, several important considerations need to be addressed: Who will design these assessments? Which standards should be assessed? How can we best prepare our students for deeper learning? And how can PBA results be used productively? Follow one school system through their first years of design and implementation.

Moderators
DW

David Woodard

Tazewell County School Board, VSBA Southwest Region Chair

Speakers
JB

Jennifer Boyd

Jennifer Boyd is a School Board Member for the Fredericksburg City Public Schools with over 8 years of experience as an involved parent and dedicated volunteer in all the schools in FCPS.  Jennifer has over 25+ years of experience in the Naval Service Warfare Center at Dahlgren working on leadership of science and technology development, compliance, and operations. She currently serves as the Command Quality Director and she has her B.S... Read More →
DC

Dr. Chris Gareis

Christopher R. Gareis, Ed.D., is Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, where he teaches courses in curriculum development, instructional leadership, classroom assessment, and program evaluation.  He is a former principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher. Dr. Gareis is an active researcher, author, and presenter in state, national, and international venues. A current focus of his work involves supporting... Read More →
EG

Erick Grabman

Erick Grabman is one of the grade 5 teachers on staff at LUES who has been selected as a Design Team representative for PBA's in the school and school division. He has served as a teacher at Lafayette for over 10 years and is a lead teacher for language arts with his administrative credentials as well. 
MT

Matthew Terry

Matthew Terry has been an administrator in the Fredericksburg City Public Schools for over 10 years. Most recently, Matt has been the principal of Lafayette Upper Elementary School for over 5 years and is loving the adventure of leading the learning at the elementary level. For the last two years, he began developing a culture of performance-based learning through a partnership with Dr. Chris Gareis, regional leaders and strategic teacher... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Piedmont B

10:15am

Giles County Agriculture Land Lab
The Agriculture Land Lab in Giles County VA, is located on a 38 acre piece of land adjacent to Giles High School and serves all six (6) of our public schools. We began our development of the Land Lab through donations from the Board of Supervisors and local producers, which allowed the procurement of land, fencing and livestock. We now have a fifteen (15) head cow/calf operation on site as well as seven (7) sheep. In addition, we have a 10,000 square foot vegetable garden. Crops from the vegetable operation are processed by our students then returned to our school cafeterias for use in the daily meals. The Lab has also supplied the schools with beef raised on the Land Lab and processed locally by Smith Valley Meats, a local USDA certified butcher. Students are involved in all aspects of the operation from establishing the infrastructure of the facilities to heard management, as well as crop and pasture improvements. We are in close proximity to and have a great working relationship with Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension on many fronts, which gives our high school students the opportunity to learn from and be involved with the vet school and college of Agriculture and life science. Within the agriculture classes, we follow the approved CTE curriculum and obtain their completers needed for each course with BQA certifications or green house operator certifications. However the Land Lab is not strictly for traditional agriculture students. We also have been creating opportunities for Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Family & Consumer Science, and Engineering lessons/classes. We also carry our love of agriculture and teaching philosophy into the elementary schools doing soil composition and plant and animal life cycle programs for students in grades K-7. The Land Lab is a year round operation that has students on site throughout the school year and the summer through the Access to Community College Education Program (ACCE) http://nr.edu/foundation/acce.php and summer youth work program in conjunction with Good Will Industries. The mission of the Land Lab is to provide classroom quality instruction using an agriculture base that utilizes a "learning by doing" philosophy while incorporating math, reading, social studies; and physical, chemical, and biological sciences into each course. We propose to display a slide show of photos showing what activities the students have participated in, as well as our achievements. During this slide show we will discuss in detail the purpose of the activity and take any questions as we go through. Our purpose is to share our successes and assist other school districts in starting their own programs.

Moderators
JB

Julie Bennington

Bedford County School Board, VSBA Southern Region Chair

Speakers
BW

Ben Woods

Ben Woods is the Manager of the Agricultural Land Lab in Giles county VA. Ben has a degree in Agriculture | Technology from Virginia Tech. He has been a lifelong agriculture producer, after graduating from Virginia Tech he | worked as an operations manager at General Motors Saturn plant in Spring Hill, TN for 6 years. Coming home to | southwest VA in 2001 Ben worked as a chemical process leader for Celanese Acetate and then came to work with... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Colony D

10:15am

Providing Quality Feedback to Enhance Teaching and Learning
This presentation will provide the audience the opportunity to examine best practices around feedback that improves student academic progress and enhances teacher pedagogy and efficacy. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the essential components of effective and ineffective feedback and also participate in an activity that they can share back in their own divisions.

Moderators
AP

Anita Parker

Gloucester County School Board, VSBA Eastern Region Chair

Speakers
DW

Dr. Walter R. Clemons

Dr. Walter R. Clemons has served in the field of public education for 26 years and has served in the capacities of teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. Prior to serving as superintendent for Gloucester County Public Schools (started July 1, 2014), Dr. Clemons served as superintendent of schools for three years on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for Northampton County Public Schools. Dr. Clemons has a... Read More →
DC

Dr. Charles A. Wagner

Dr. Charles A. Wagner has more than 20 years' experience in public education in Virginia. Since 2011, Dr. Wagner has served as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for Gloucester County Public Schools where he provides school- and division-level instructional leadership and support through targeted training and professional development for teachers and school leaders. Prior to his experience as a division leader, Dr. Wagner served as a... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Tidewater C/D

10:15am

School Law Update
Join our popular speakers, Pat Lacy, Stacy Haney, Kathy Mehfoud and Jason Ballum, for their annual update on significant legal issues in education from the past year. 

Moderators
SA

Scott Albrecht

Manassas City School Board, VSBA Federal Relations/Legislative Positions Chair

Speakers
JB

Jason Ballum

Jason Ballum is a partner in the Richmond office of Reed Smith, and he is a member of the firm’s Complex Litigation Group. Jason’s practice focuses on the representation of public school boards, and he has particular expertise in representing school boards in disputes regarding special education. Jason represents school boards during state and federal government investigations, as well as due process hearings, and state and federal court... Read More →
DP

D. Patrick Lacy Jr. Esq.

Mr. Lacy joined Reed Smith in 1999. He is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation Group in the Richmond office. Pat's practice focuses on representation of school boards, other public bodies, health care providers, insurance companies and managed care entities, and commercial litigation. Pat was named as one of America's leading Education Law attorneys in The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2016 editions). The Best Lawyers lists, representing... Read More →
SH

Stacy Haney Esq.

Stacy Haney is a partner in the Richmond office of Reed Smith. Stacy’s practice focuses primarily on school law and the representation of public school boards throughout Virginia. Stacy advises school boards and school administrators on a variety of matters including personnel and student matters, procurement, board governance, and constitutional issues. Stacy has lectured throughout Virginia and nationally on various school law and... Read More →
KS

Kathleen S. Mehfoud

Kathleen S. Mehfoud is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of the international law firm of Reed Smith LLP. She has practiced law for 38 years and has concentrated her practice in education law and, most particularly, in special education law. Ms. Mehfoud provides consultation services, in-service training and advice to numerous school boards, state education agencies and other educational groups. She lectures nationally on a frequent... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Colony E

10:15am

STEM in Motion: Hands-on Playground

At this hands-on event, board members will experience how mobile devices allow individuals to create and deliver engaging STEM learning experiences. School leaders will learn how these experience can personalize learning and help districts meet the needs of a multitude of learning styles while still proving opportunities for solving challenging problems. 

School board members will:

  • utilize different engaging STEM apps that enable anytime learning
  • explore a variety of interactive textbooks and learning materials
  • learn how districts are using online education resources to deliver an amazing array of interactive STEM content
  • hear about Everyone Can Code - a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code

Speakers

Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Tidewater A/B

10:15am

Stranger Danger: Visitors, Volunteers and Invitees on School Property
In a world with increasing and unpredictable violence, how can school boards balance safety concerns with the desire to keep parents and other community members actively involved in education? School boards have significant authority over their property, including the right to exclude certain people. While closing the door to all guests and visitors and all non-school uses of school facilities may seem the best way to protect against danger and violence, students benefit from the involvement of parents and other community members in the educational process, and community use of school facilities benefits students, families and the community at large. What are best practices for handling visitors, volunteers, and invitees generally, and what steps can a school board legally take in the face of known or suspected danger? This presentation will provide examples of scenarios often confronted by school administrators, and discuss best practices for addressing “stranger danger,” both in generally applicable policies and as acute reactions to specific situations. 

Moderators
EH

Elizabeth Hardy

Goochland County School Board, VSBA Southside Region Chair

Speakers
MS

Mandi Smith

Ms. Smith and Mr. Young are partners at the law firm of Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, in Staunton, Virginia, where they lead the firm’s Education Law Group. As general and special counsel, they have represented and advised over 30 school boards and regional education programs throughout Virginia. Both Mr. Young and Ms. Smith have advised school divisions in virtually every area of education law including but not limited to Constitutional... Read More →
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G. Rodney Young, II

Ms. Smith and Mr. Young are partners at the law firm of Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, in Staunton, Virginia, where they lead the firm’s Education Law Group. As general and special counsel, they have represented and advised over 30 school boards and regional education programs throughout Virginia. Both Mr. Young and Ms. Smith have advised school divisions in virtually every area of education law including but not limited to Constitutional... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Alleghany

10:15am

VSBA Superintendent Search Process
Samantha Bosserman, VSBA Director of Communications & Board Development, explains the VSBA model used successfully in 10 searches in 2015-16. Board members from King William and Norfolk City, will review their successful experiences using this VSBA service.

Speakers
SS

Samantha S. Bosserman

Virginia School Boards Association, Director of Communications and Board Development
EH

Edward Haywood

Norfolk City School Board Member
KM

Kathy Morrison

King William County School Board, Board Chairman
GP

Gina Patterson

Virginia School Boards Association, Executive Director


Thursday November 17, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Patriot

10:30am

Student Board Representative Workshop

For the past eleven years, the Virginia School Boards Association has hosted a student school board representative session at the annual convention. This year, VSBA is again expanding the session to a morning workshop for student representatives. This workshop will feature various speakers to work with the students on mock policy making, possible board situations, and to discuss life as a student representative.

We look forward to meeting your student representatives in Williamsburg.

 


Moderators
Thursday November 17, 2016 10:30am - 1:45pm
Liberty

11:30am

#SaveFCPS Budget Tool

An unprecedented level of community engagement, through Fairfax County Public Schools’ #SaveFCPS campaign, was used as part of the FY 2017 budget process. In addition to the standard community meetings and annual public hearings, three program components were used to maximize effective citizen involvement: (1) members of the community contributed budget ideas via UserVoice, an online tool that allows citizens to post budget suggestions; (2) FCPS created a sophisticated yet easy way to use the online Budget Proposal Tool to gather specific proposals from stakeholders who may select different options to close the deficit; (3) a Budget Task Force was formed to provide budget recommendations.

Decision making was further improved because the Budget Tool provided basic budgeting facts and high quality information to stakeholders. The Budget Tool provided input that showed the level of public support for various options, and the School Board was not simply provided a list of potential cuts.  Instead, they were provided a list of reduction options ranked by the Budget Task Force using input from stakeholders submitted through the Budget Proposal Tool.


Moderators
JB

Jarvis Bailey

Fredericksburg City School Board, VSBA Finance/Audit Chair

Speakers
MS

Marty Smith

Marty Smith became the Chief of Staff for Fairfax County Public Schools in July 2014. Mr. Smith provides administrative and strategic leadership and support for the Superintendent’s initiatives and priorities, working closely with the other chief positions, assistant superintendents, Government Relations, and the Department of Communications and Community Outreach. In addition, Mr. Smith is responsible for the independent admissions office... Read More →
AW

Alice Wigington

Alice Wigington was promoted to FCPS’ Budget Director in June of 2016. Alice started her career with FCPS in 1992 as an office assistant at Whitman Middle. In 1993, she took a position serving on the implementation team for a procurement system providing training and support to all schools and centers. She joined the Office of Budget Services in 2003 and was promoted to a Budget Analyst IV in 2010 and to Coordinator in 2014. Alice has... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Piedmont A

11:30am

Advocacy 101: Be Heard at the 2017 General Assembly

Hear what to expect at the 2017 General Assembly and how you can be the best advocate for your division. 


Speakers
SH

Stacy Haney Esq.

Stacy Haney is a partner in the Richmond office of Reed Smith. Stacy’s practice focuses primarily on school law and the representation of public school boards throughout Virginia. Stacy advises school boards and school administrators on a variety of matters including personnel and student matters, procurement, board governance, and constitutional issues. Stacy has lectured throughout Virginia and nationally on various school law and... Read More →
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Emily Webb

Director of Government Relations, VSBA


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Alleghany

11:30am

Developing a Local Alternative Training Plan to Personalize Licensure Requirements for Provisionally Licensed Teachers
Goochland County Public Schools successfully designed and delivered an alternative training plan for a small team of provisionally licensed teachers as a means to support them in their pursuit of full licensure. Goochland's plan was developed by a team of veteran teachers and administrators within the school division, approved by the Virginia Department of Education, and delivered during Spring/Summer 2016. Topics including human growth and development, curriculum and instructional procedures, application of instructional technology, and classroom management were addressed in the training plan. School division staff who designed the plan had the opportunity to personalize the content and professional development experience for the teachers participating in the training. Come and learn about Goochland's path to the successful creation and delivery of a local alternative training plan for teachers pursuing full licensure.

Moderators
JT

Janet Turner-Giles

Nelson County School Board, VSBA Central Region Chair

Speakers
SG

Stephen Geyer

Stephen Geyer is the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for Goochland County Public Schools; he has been with the school division for five years. Dr. Geyer began his career as a secondary English teacher and spent eleven years as an elementary principal in Northern Virginia prior to his time in Goochland. | | Dr. Geyer was recognized by VASCD as the State Curriculum Leader of the Year in 2013; more recently, he was received the... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Piedmont B

11:30am

Eliciting the Teacher's Voice on School Design Decisions: Findings From the Inaugural Academy to Envision Tomorrow's Schools
The Academy to Envision Tomorrow’s Schools was comprised of the sixteen Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year (“Fellows”) from 2014 and 2015. The purpose of the Academy was to elicit Fellows’ views about school design features that will most effectively meet students’ needs in tomorrow’s schools. The Academy included a design workshop and research review. The resulting design themes are valuable to those who provide policy guidance about school facilities’ elements affecting learning and teaching. The Academy was a joint effort of Moseley Architects, Virginia Tech, and VDOE.

Moderators
DG

Deborah Goodwyn

Southampton County School Board

Speakers
CA

Chris Averill

Chris Averill is the Social Studies Department Chair at Cosby High School in Chesterfield County. He is the 2015 Region 1 Teacher of the Year.
CS

Carol S. Cash, Ed.D.

Carol Cash is a professor at Virginia Tech, has served for many years as a high school principal and has published research on the relationship between school facility design and student achievement.
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Natalie DiFusco-Funk

Natalie DiFusco-Funk is a fifth grade teacher at West Salem Elementary School in Salem. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is the 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year, having been selected as the 2016 Region 6 Teacher of the Year.
JM

Jim McCalla

Jim McCalla is Vice-President of Moseley Architects. He is the leader of the K12 design activities for the firm. Recently, Jim was the recipient of the Southeast Region's Council of Educational Facility Planners Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Stewart D. Roberson, Ed.D

Stewart Roberson is president of Moseley Architects and has served for 39 years as an educator, including 21 as a school superintendent.
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Kimberly A. Scott

Kimberly Scott is an eighth grade teacher at Franklin Middle School in Fairfax County Public Schools. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is the 2015 Region 4 Teacher of the Year.


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Colony D

11:30am

Senior Project: Taking the Next Steps
Wakefield High School’s Senior Project program, which began in 1998, was designed by Wakefield staff and given special approval by the Arlington School Board as an additional graduation requirement for Wakefield seniors.  Thanks to the visionaries who recognized the importance of interactive, community-based experiences, Senior Project has evolved to address the real world needs of high school students who are increasingly immersed in a high stakes testing culture. Wakefield alumni consistently reflect that it was their Senior Projects, as well as some of their advanced classes, that prepared them with the thinking, problem solving and executive skills to succeed in college and in the workplace.  Wakefield students develop a project around a topic of their choice and spend the year executing and documenting the completion of five objectives. These objectives require that students incorporate a foundation in research, community involvement and consultation with an expert in the area of exploration into their final product. As a capstone project, Senior Project also requires students to utilize their research, writing and presentation skills to complete both an MLA formatted essay and a 25 minute, audio-visual presentation to an assessment panel.This presentation will provide an overview of Wakefield’s Senior Project program’s organization and implementation, as well as examples of student projects and success stories.

Moderators
JW

Juandiego Wade

Charlottesville City School Board, VSBA Past President

Speakers
LL

Lisa Labella

Lisa Labella has been Senior Project Coordinator at Wakefield High School for the past eight years and was a special education teacher at both Wakefield High School and Oxon Hill Middle School in Prince George’s County, Maryland in the 14 years before assuming this role. A former Peace Corps volunteer (Lesotho, 79-82), Lisa is an avid believer in hands-on, performance-based learning. As an active participant in a number of school and... Read More →
DP

Dr. Patrick K. Murphy

Pat Murphy became Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (APS) in July 2009. He is a native of Northern Virginia, current Arlington County resident and educator since 1988. Dr. Murphy was selected as the 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and a finalist for 2015 National Superintendent of the Year by AASA. Under his leadership, in June 2014, APS earned the Medallion of Excellence from... Read More →
DC

Dr. Chris Willmore

Dr. Chris Willmore is the principal of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. He served as an assistant principal at Wakefield for 8 years prior to becoming principal in July 2010. Wakefield is an extremely diverse school with no racial or ethnic majority. Students come from over 90 countries and speak more than 20 languages. Over half of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Patriot

11:30am

STEM in Motion: Hands-on Playground

At this hands-on event, board members will experience how mobile devices allow individuals to create and deliver engaging STEM learning experiences. School leaders will learn how these experience can personalize learning and help districts meet the needs of a multitude of learning styles while still proving opportunities for solving challenging problems. 

School board members will:

  • utilize different engaging STEM apps that enable anytime learning
  • explore a variety of interactive textbooks and learning materials
  • learn how districts are using online education resources to deliver an amazing array of interactive STEM content
  • hear about Everyone Can Code - a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code

Speakers

Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Tidewater A/B

11:30am

VSBA Board Governance Panel

The Virginia School Boards Association offers customized training in various topics to assist with your work on your school governance team.  Hear from a panel of board members who have participated in Board Governance training with the VSBA and how their school boards have used the training in their day to day work on the board. 


Speakers
SS

Samantha S. Bosserman

Virginia School Boards Association, Director of Communications and Board Development
RJ

Rodney Jordan

Norfolk City School Board, VSBA Tidewater Region Chair
DJ

Dr. Jack McKinley

Superintendent, Amelia County Public Schools
DM

Dr. Morgan Phenix

Page County School Board Chairman


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Piedmont C

11:30am

What Every School Board Member Should Know About Budget and Finance

This session is perfect for new school board members who want a crash course in budget and finance or seasoned school board members who need a refresher. Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders including elected officials, the budget process, school activity funds, surpluses and carryover, lapse and turnover, and financial reporting. State revenue and local revenue sources are also explained.


Moderators
TF

Tyrone Foster

Bristol City School Board, VSBA Member-At-Large

Speakers
LB

Leigh Burden

Leigh Burden has been in Virginia education finance for over 25 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Financial Services for Loudoun County Public Schools, a position she has held since July 2007. Ms. Burden was the Director of Financial Services for Manassas City Schools from May 2000 to June 2007. Prior to that, she served as Budget Coordinator and Financial Analyst for Arlington County Public Schools. Ms... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Tidewater C/D

11:30am

What the Wright Brothers Teach Us about Lowering Suspension Rates.

Danville City Schools revised its approach to discipline after rethinking the effectiveness of suspension.  The school division is leveraging community resources to address student misbehavior and has revised its strategies designed to reduce suspensions and lower referrals.


Moderators
SD

Sharon Dones

Danville City School Board

Speakers
JD

John David Cochran

John David Cochran graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida in 1970. He attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando from which he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Subsequently, he taught first grade, then third grade, at Winter Springs Elementary School in Winter Springs, Florida. A career switch followed in which Cochran entered the church ministry field which included earning a... Read More →
DS

Dr. Stanley B. Jones

Dr. Stanley B. Jones is Superintendent with Danville Public Schools. Dr. Jones is completing his 32nd year of service as an educator, including one as Executive Director of Instruction with Spotsylvania County Public Schools, four as Director of School Safety and Discipline Hearing Officer with Hanover County Public Schools, and seven years as principal of Lee‐Davis High School in Mechanicsville. His experience also includes six years as an... Read More →
RS

Robin S. Owens

Robin S. Owens is the Director of Student Intervention Services for Danville Public Schools. She has proudly served in Danville Public Schools in various capacities for 28 years. Currently, she is a part of the Office of School Safety, Community Engagement, and Student Discipline. She serves as the Truancy Officer and Discipline Hearing/Review Officer for the school division. Ms. Owens received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early/Middle... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Colony ABC

11:30am

What's Love Got to Do with It--Title IX "Sex" and Leadership Conflicts

School leaders can easily get distracted by the "Dear Colleague" and other legal minutiae of Title IX and miss the larger lessons when conflict occurs in this liability-rich context. Even the "love" between school and other public officials, including law enforcement, can become tested in Title IX student and employee sexual-related misconduct cases. This session takes you through such an experience in high-stakes litigation and offers valuable legal perspective and leadership lessons.


Moderators
JM

James Meyer

Spotsylvania County School Board, VSBA Northeastern Region Chair

Speakers
LC

Lindsay C. Brubaker

Lindsay Brubaker advises School Boards and their senior management teams on day-to-day matters, including employment, student discipline, special education, and other matters that routinely arise in the educational context. Her experience includes representing school divisions in many administrative processes, including grievances and those before the OCR, EEOC, and in other regulatory processes, and defending school boards and their senior... Read More →
EK

E. Kate Fitzgerald

Kate Fitzgerald has a diverse practice that draws upon her strong legal, medical, and education background and experience. In addition to experience with both the civil and criminal justice systems, including as a prosecutor working collaboratively with law enforcement, she has served educational institutions in the role of Title IX hearing officer and investigator, often consulting with Title IX coordinators and general counsel about sexual... Read More →
DL

Douglas L. Guynn

Doug Guynn counsels numerous boards, educational organizations and other clients in education law, employment law, and target civil litigation. Doug has been counsel to boards across Virginia and has served on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, by appointment of the Governor. He has represented the VSBA before the Virginia Supreme Court and has been one of its featured speakers on various legal issues including most recently with... Read More →
KW

Karen Whetzel

Karen Whetzel has served in various roles in the education field in Shenandoah County.  She began as a library media specialist and teacher before serving as a high school principal, and then as a central office administrator.  Ms. Whetzel also has served in various leadership roles throughout her professional career, including the Virginia Education Association Board of Directors, and Chairman of the VHSL.  Ms. Whetzel retired... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Colony E

12:45pm

Lunch & Learn: Become a Medicaid All-Star: Best-Practices for Time Saving, Cost Effective and Compliant Medicaid Billing

Maintaining compliance, ensuring staff satisfaction, and maximizing Medicaid reimbursement can be a tricky line to toe. A lack of transparency when it comes to data, insufficient documentation, and non-compliance can all lead to diminished revenue and current Medicaid billing practices place an enormous burden on providers. In this session, David Thomas, Accelify's Vice President of Business Development, will discuss best practices to ensure you are maximizing your reimbursements and decreasing provider workloads, all while maintaining compliance.


Speakers
DT

David Thomas

David Thomas is a nationally recognized leader in education reform and the Vice President of Business Development at Accelify. With over 24 years of experience in education, David has dedicated his career to promoting equal access to education for all. | David began his career as a classroom teacher and college professor and has held a number of leadership positions in education, including campus provost and local school board commissioner. David... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Piedmont B

12:45pm

Lunch & Learn: Renewed Vitality and Direction in Education Through CTE and Workforce Readiness

We will discuss the work of the VSBA Task Force on Workforce Readiness through our beginnings in March 2015, our CTE Superintendent Survey and it's findings, and the implications of our work in coordination with the DOE directives in the Portrait of a Graduate.


Speakers
TB

Thomas Brewster

Director of External Affairs, Communities In Schools of Virginia
PN

Paul Nichols

Superintendent, Mecklenburg County Schools


Thursday November 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Tidewater C/D

12:45pm

Lunch & Learn: The Solution to Filling Absences in School Districts

In today’s educational landscape, it has become increasingly necessary to provide students with effective, consistent education, even in the absence of regular district staff. Year after year, districts are challenged with hiring enough qualified substitute talent to meet their needs. Without a substantial enough substitute pool to cover employee absences, districts are forced to consider unappealing options such as combining classrooms or sacrificing teacher preparation time for classroom coverage. These options come at significant financial cost, and more importantly, at the cost of student productivity and engagement. Taking a step toward improved student experience, Warren County Public Schools and Source4Teachers will highlight the best practices on how districts can increase their fill rate through analytics and recruitment.


Speakers
GD

Greg Drescher

Greg Drescher currently serves as the Superintendent of Warren County Public Schools. Mr. Drescher has a long history in education, beginning his teaching career with his wife in 1983 in Rappahannock County. Mr. Drescher came to teach the 5th grade at Ressie Jeffires Elementary in Warren County in 1987. In 1991 he assumed the role of Assistant Principal at Ressie Jeffries, and then became the first principal of Hilda J. Barbour Elementary six... Read More →
PV

Paula Vercammen

As Director of Business Development at Source4Teachers, Paula Vercammen has been providing Source4Teachers’ educational managed solutions to school districts since 2011. Paula has been working with school districts for over 15 years, beginning in 2001 with her work at Sodexo Education Services before coming to Source4Teachers. As a full-service educational management company, Source4Teachers was created in 2000 to be a leader in the field... Read More →



Thursday November 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Piedmont A

12:45pm

Lunch & Learn: Using Technology to Achieve Equity in the STEM Classroom

Dr. A. Katrise Perera, Director of Urban Markets for McGraw-Hill Education discusses how technology helps level the playing field where physical equipment is lacking. Learn how technology extends learning beyond the classroom, integrates authentic assessments, and delivers content tailored to each student’s learning needs.


Speakers
DA

Dr. A. Katrise Perera

National Director for Urban Markets, McGraw Hill Education
SS

Stuart Smith

District Manager, Mid-Atlantic Region, McGraw-Hill Education


Thursday November 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Piedmont C

12:45pm

Lunch and Learn: Veteran Members Helping New Board Members
Kerri Wilson will be leading a lunch and learn session on how veteran members can help acclimate new board members to their position.

Speakers
KW

Kerri Wilson

Harrisonburg City School Board


Thursday November 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Patriot

2:15pm

VSBA 2016 Delegate Assembly
Thursday November 17, 2016 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Colony D/E

2:30pm

Building Community Relationships & Partnerships
Located between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA, Spotsylvania County lies west of the Historic City of Fredericksburg. Although it presents as a suburban community, Spotsylvania is considered rural with 82% of its land undeveloped. The Spotsylvania County Public School division is home to 31 school sites that service the more than 23,500 students. More than 52% of the families in Spotsylvania do not work here – rather they travel an average of 40 minutes to work each day. These factors contribute to the unique challenges we face when trying to reach all of our stakeholders. Issues such as continuous and reliable internet access at homes, timing of events, and connecting with a growing homeless population are factored into daily considerations. So the question becomes - how does the SCPS Office of Communications and Community Engagement reach stakeholders and actively engage them in the education of the county’s youth? Come join us and to learn some of the strategies we are using to do just that!!

Moderators
DS

Dawn Shelly

Spotsylvania County School Board

Speakers
AB

Amber Belako

Amber Belako worked in the business sector prior to joining Spotsylvania County Public Schools in 2003. Over the past 13 years, she has served SCPS in several capacities. She began her education career as a high school business and marketing teacher, then served as a high school assistant principal, and is currently the Divison’s Communication Specialist and Grant Writer. As a teacher, Amber worked with local businesses to develop productive... Read More →
RD

Rene Daniels

René P. Daniels is the Director of Communications and Community Engagement for Spotsylvania County Public Schools (SCPS), the 11th largest school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication from the University of North Florida and more than 20 years experience in communications, public relations, marketing, events planning, strategic planning, and business to business development... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Piedmont A

2:30pm

Effective Leadership- What Does it Look Like?
This presentation will blend the effective leadership research with 17 years of applied leadership experience as superintendent. Participants will be presented key leadership theories and principles that will help build support and foster positive change for their school systems. Participants will also have an opportunity to assess their leadership styles and actions to help decide if they need to consider leading differently. Finally participants will gain a greater appreciation of some of the success and mistakes leaders do that can promote or hinder better outcomes for their school system.

Moderators
KW

Kerri Wilson

Harrisonburg City School Board

Speakers
SK

Scott Kizner Ph.D

Scott Kizner is currently in his 18th year as a superintendent, currently leading the Harrisonburg City Public Schools. Harrisonburg is very diverse school system where over 40 languages are spoken and 38% of its students are English Language Learners and 72% qualified for free and reduced lunch. Dr. Kizner has also been Superintendent in Martinsville, Virginia, a high poverty school district in Southside Virginia, and in Westerly, Rhode... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tidewater C/D

2:30pm

Keeping Students in School and on Track Despite Significant School Discipline Infractions: The Alternative Suspension Center
During the 2013/2014 school year, community agencies collaborated to create a prevention program for at-risk youth. Goals of this program were to improve the quality of behavioral health services to children who live in Page County, keep students who normally would have been suspended “out of school” on track academically and supervised rather than sent home due to disciplinary infractions (where children are now more often than not, unsupervised), and to provide preventative interventions to at-risk students that are much less expensive than detention or residential or day school placements. The Alternative Suspension Center (ASC) began on February 24, 2014 and works as follows: If a student receives a disciplinary disposition from a school administrator due to an offense that would have normally required an “out of school suspension,” rather than be put out of school for the required number days, this student is instead placed for the same number of days in the ASC. The ASC is located in a building behind Luray Middle School and runs from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm each day with a 30 minute supervised lunch. Transportation to and from the ASC and lunch are provided by the school system. Students bring their own class work with them to work on or appropriate class work is sent by teachers to the ASC in advance of each student’s arrival via scanners /emails. If students do not attend the ASC as assigned or are sent home from the ASC due to disruptive or non-compliant behavior, they are assigned an additional day of ASC. All ASC absences other than illness are coded as “unexcused” and are communicated to the school system’s truancy department so that court action might take place (parents and/or students). In addition, each day, students placed in the ASC receive one hour of researched-based social skills education (Aggression Replacement Training) that covers such topics as anger management, thinking ahead, and implementing moral reasoning from licensed counselors from a private behavioral health agency. Wonderful results have been achieved:
  • 2/24/14-6/6/14 - 52 students were sent to the ASC (continued school work & received social skills education) rather than be sent home. Attendance increase-142 days. 10 of 52 students requested additional services from ASC counselors. One student slated for residential placement received community-based services saving $25,000 - $45,000 to the county. 
  • 8/25/14-2/27/15 - 51 students sent to ASC. Attendance increase-138 days. 24 of 51 students referred for additional counseling. ASC use dropped from 66 of 67 days in 2013/2014 to 76 of 121 days (-36%). Actual Cost of program - about $20,000 not including transportation. 
  • General School Discipline (In-school suspensions-ISS) – Comparing first 6 months of 2013/2014 (No ASC) with first 6 months of 2014/2015 (ASC full implementation): 
  • High schools - ISS reduced from 116 days to just 75 days (-35%). OSS reduced from 76 days to 8 (-89%).
  • Middle schools - ISS reduced from 74 days to 60 days (-19%). OSS reduced from 32 days to 9 in 2014/2015 (-72%).
Complete ASC information link: https://sites.google.com/a/pagecounty.k12.va.us/altsuspensioncenter/

Moderators
EH

Elizabeth Hutchins

Culpeper County School Board

Speakers
MD

Mr. Don Grinnan

Alternative Suspension Center Monitor | Retired Page County Juvenile Probation Officer
MC

Ms. Christine Hartman, MSW, LPC

Senior Clinical Director for Crossroads Counseling Center Former Clinical Director at the Northwestern CSB, Planning District 7 Over 20 years of clinical and supervisory experience in the mental health field
KW

Kathryn Walkley

Ms. Walkley has 7 years of experience providing therapeutic services to at-risk children and families in their homes, schools, and community throughout the Shenandoah Valley. She has her Masters of Arts in Psychology degree with concentration in the areas of Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia. She is currently the Program Coordinator for... Read More →
JR

John R. Van Wyck, M.S.

Director of Student Services & Federal Programs, Page County Public Schools - 25 years of experience M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Teaching Licenses: SPED ED K-12, Visiting Teacher, Psychology.  | Current: | - Responsible for all Title-I, Title-II and Title-III grants, programs and federal monitoring activities | - Responsible for all Alternative Education Programs (online and classroom) including CSA/FAPT services


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Liberty

2:30pm

NNPS SPARK Ignites Summer Learning & Enrichment
Through SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge, Newport News Public Schools partners with corporate, non-profit, city, state and federal organizations to provide a comprehensive menu of full-day instruction and enrichment activities for 6,000 K-12 students. With meals and transportation provided, no tuition and a wealth of classes, field trips and more, SPARK has transformed summer into a positive youth development program. A 2015 NSBA Magna Award winner, this SPARK also serves as an incubator for innovative instruction.

Moderators
JS

Jeff Stodghill

Newport News City School Board

Speakers
AC

Ashby C. Kilgore

As Superintendent, Dr. Kilgore promotes college, career and citizen readiness by boosting enrollment in rigorous coursework, increasing the percentage of students taking SATs, moving students into higher-level math, expanding preschool access. | Dr. Kilgore was appointed Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools in 2007 and has over 35 years of | experience in public education as a teacher, principal, college professor and deputy... Read More →
BN

Brian Nichols

Brian Nichols was appointed Chief Academic Officer for Newport News Public Schools after serving as an executive director of elementary school leadership. | Mr. Nichols was recognized as an Outstanding Young Educator by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and a one of the “20 to Watch” in educational technology by the National School Boards Association. | Nichols has also served as the principal of both a Blue Ribbon... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Patriot

2:30pm

PBIS: One Community's Journey--Part II
We will expand on last year's PBIS presentation to show PBIS results from the current year, highlighting revisions to discipline policies, communication procedures, more sample flow charts, and behavior supports.

Moderators
LR

Laura Ruffin

Surry County School Board

Speakers
DS

Dr. Scott Brabrand

Dr. Brabrand has been Superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools for four years. Highlights during his leadership include a new data-based and goal-driven division-wide Comprehensive Plan, a one-to-one technology initiative that currently provides a personal computer for every high school student, a new calendar to allow for less summer learning loss and more individualized instruction, and a new, state-of-the art high school. Dr. Brabrand earned... Read More →
LB

LaTonya Brown

Ms. Brown took on her role as Director of Student Services in September 2015 after serving for nine years as the principal of the Lynchburg detention center. She has been a special education teacher at the secondary level and also has worked in elementary schools. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master's degree in education leadership.


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Colony ABC

2:30pm

Rebuilding and Transforming our K-12 CTE through an Academy Model
MCPS is in the process of rebuilding and transforming its CTE program into technical program that actively prepares students for college and careers. The Academic and Career Academies at Osbourn High School provide the alignment, business connections and purposeful course planning necessary for academic success and post-secondary opportunities. This presentation will provide an overview of the K-12 Academies and the process for development and implementation of this model.

Moderators
DP

Dr. Paige Cash

Pulaski County School Board

Speakers
SM

Susan McNamara

Ms. Susan McNamara is the Division Supervisor for K-12 Career and Technical Education. She has experience as a classroom teacher and has worked outside of education in the business industry.
DM

Dr. Melissa Saunders

Melissa Saunders currently serves as the Executive Director of Student Achievement in Manassas City Schools. She has experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and central office director.
PS

Paul Steiner

CTE Adminisrator Osbourn High School, Manassas City Public Schools
LW

Lisa Warner

Lisa Warner currently serves as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Osbourn High School. She has experience as a middle school and high school teacher and administrator.


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Piedmont B

2:30pm

The Role of the School Board Attorney: Who Does the Attorney Represent

This presentation will clarify the professional obligations of an attorney interacting with a school district.  The attorney is retained by the school board, but has regular contact and advises the superintendent, other administrators, and key staff members.  It is critical that the school board and administration understand the responsibilities and limitations on the lawyer as that representation plays out on a daily basis.  Craig Wood has practiced school law in Virginia for over 30 years, and represents school boards, school superintendents, and statewide education organizations, so he regularly deals with the competing roles these relationships present.

 


Moderators
DG

Dora Garner

Mecklenburg County School Board

Speakers
CW

Craig Wood

R. CRAIG WOOD has practiced law with McGuireWoods LLP for over 30 years in the areas of education law, employment law and litigation.  Mr. Wood has served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Litigation Section of the Virginia State Bar, and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys.  He has served as President of the Education Law Association, the Board of Directors of the National School Boards... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Alleghany

2:30pm

To build new or renovate…? That is the question.
School facilities built in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s are rapidly approaching the end of their predicted usefulness, and school board members across the Commonwealth are faced with tough questions about what to do with their existing building stock. Is it better to renovate them? Or replace them and build new? What are the risks involved? What are the opportunities? This session will identify the salient issues and provide board members with a road map for making informed decisions related to future investments in their existing capital assets. Initial cost, the cost of money over time, life-cycle costs, energy-efficiency, and educational adequacy will be among the variables discussed.

Moderators
BA

Beverly Anderson

Virginia Beach City School Board

Speakers
DB

Dr. Bill Bradley

As Grimm+Parker Architect's Director of Research and Development, Dr. Bradley is promoting better design through better understanding. An architect and educator with over 20 years experience in school design, he lends deep insight and a unique perspective to the conversation about facilities and school design.
JH

John Hill

Mr. Hill is the CEO of Grimm+Parker Architects where he's practiced school planning and design in Virginia and beyond for over 25 years. He's garnered a national reputation in part due to his participation in and leadership of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).
DD

Dr. Dave Jeck

Dr. Jeck has wrestled with the question of whether to renovate versus build new as both a building-level and central office administrator. He's taught or administered in five different school systems in Virginia, most recently as superintendent of Fauquier County Public Schools where he leads a division serving 11,000+ students.


Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Piedmont C

2:30pm

VASS Workshop
Thursday November 17, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Tidewater A/B

3:45pm

Extending the Bridges of Literacy: A Charlottesville City Schools Extended Day Afterschool Program
The Charlottesville City Schools’ Extending the Bridges of Literacy program, the extended school year program, serves the first through fifth grade students across the seven Charlottesville City elementary schools that need additional time immersed in language arts skills, specifically in the area of instructional reading. The Extending the Bridges of Literacy program runs three days a week during the academic school year for a total of thirty weeks, adding an additional twenty-seven days to the normal academic calendar. The ultimate goal of the Extending the Bridges of Literacy paradigm is to increase the overall percentages of students reading, spelling, and writing on or above grade level while minimizing the number of students identified below the twenty-fifth percentile in literacy on the Phonological Awareness Literacy Assessment (PALS) by working in groups no larger than six students per teacher. The instructional objective is to motivate and to inspire students to create student generated projects while being immersed in solid reading and writing instruction tailored to their needs. The presenter will discuss the planning year prior to the implementation, student selection for the program, and how the initial startup of the program is impacting the literacy knowledge of the students involved. Long term plans and community awareness of the program will also be discussed.

Moderators
GM

Gregory Mullins

Wise County School Board

Speakers
JD

Jenifer Davis

Jenifer Davis is the current Lead Literacy Teacher and English coordinator for Charlottesville City Schools. Ms. Davis was a classroom teacher for twelve years prior to leading the charge in literacy in various school divisions. She has instructed for both Reading First and for the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education as an adjunct instructor.


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Patriot

3:45pm

Hanover Regional Governor's School for Career and Technical Advancement
This year was the inaugural year of the Hanover Regional Governor's School for Career and Technical Advancement. This program was designed to provide gifted CTE students with a summer residential Governor's School opportunity, and Hanover County's research has discovered that this program is the first of its kind in the state and nation. Students from Regions 1 and 3 participated in this program.

Moderators
RH

Robert Hundley

Hanover County School Board, VSBA President-Elect

Speakers
LC

Les Cook

Les Cook received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 1990, and then continued working in a research laboratory on the Virginia campus for the next seven years as a developmental biology research assistant. As Mr. Cook’s family began to grow, he realized that he had a passion for passing on knowledge to young people, so he entered a post-graduate education program at Mary Baldwin College, where he earned... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Colony ABC

3:45pm

Parents Placing in Private School & Sending You the Bill: Now What?

This presentation will outline the steps to take when parents notify school division of intent to place their special education student in private school, or make other requests for private services.


Moderators
AS

Alyson Satterwhite

Prince William County School Board

Speakers
JC

John Cafferky

John Cafferky, partner at Blankingship & Keith, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia, has been representing public school boards, charter schools, and school administration for the past 30 years. John completed his undergraduate studies down the street at the College of William and Mary and received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. Among his clients is the school division that he – and all four of his children – attended.
TM

Tricia Minson

Tricia Minson, associate at Blankingship & Keith, has represented northern Virginia school boards for the past 8 years. Tricia’s practice has increasingly focused on special education, and she has worked with school staff and administration to resolve special education issues raised by parents, often beginning with the receipt of a unilateral placement letter. Tricia also represents the division she attended as a child – and anticipates her... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Alleghany

3:45pm

Promoting Disability Awareness in Your Schools
Would you like your schools to be more sensitive to people with disabilities? We do! So we developed the Inclusion Project Planning Guide and Toolkit. The guide and activities in the toolkit were piloted in 5 schools, 4 of the schools were districtwide in Radford City Public Schools. The goal of the Inclusion Project is to help students and community members to become more aware of disabilities and to hopefully reduce bullying. Attendees in this session will:
  • Learn more about the purpose and activities of the Inclusion Project
  • Hear about how youth with disabilities led this project from the inception of the idea to obtaining funding and developing materials. 
  • Receive a copy of the Inclusion Project Planning Guide and Toolkit

Speakers
JB

Jack Brandt

Jack Brandt is the Disability Policy Specialist for the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, a position he has held since 2010. Mr. Brandt was a Disability Rights Advocate at the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy from 2008 to 2010, and a Disability Policy Consultant for the State of Virginia from 2006 to 2008. He was also a Virginia Governor’s Fellow at the Office of Community Integration for... Read More →
BL

Brenda Lee

King and Queen County School Board
MM

Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore works at the Virginia Department of Education as a Specialist, providing technical assistance in secondary transition, graduation and diploma options, and credit accommodations: pathways to the standard diploma. Marianne serves on a number of committees and councils including The Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council, Virginia’s Collaborative for College and the Community Integration Implementation Team. Marianne started... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Piedmont B

3:45pm

The Un-Initiative

In the 1960s and ’70s, sales of 7-Up soared as it proclaimed itself “the Uncola,” a citrusy soft drink with no caffeine or artificial colors. Henrico County Public Schools followed a less-is-more approach with a contest for faculty and staff called the “Un-initiative.” Dr. Patrick Kinlaw, HCPS superintendent, contended that while school systems frequently add initiatives, they rarely retire the ones that are no longer relevant.

 All employees – teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers – were asked to send their ideas on things that the school division was doing that they think can be stopped and still be an efficient and effective organization. The school system’s Division Leadership Team picked three ideas to receive $100, $75 and $50 cash prizes, from Kinlaw’s personal funds. The school division was a winner, too as there were many good suggestions beyond the three winners that could be considered/implemented. While the school division is moving forward with new initiative to support student success and innovation, the Un-Initiative frees up time for staff to focus on the division’s priorities. 


Moderators
AH

Annie Hylton

Patrick County School Board, VSBA Blue Ridge Region Chair

Speakers
AJ

Andy Jenks

Andy Jenks joined the Division Leadership Team of HCPS in 2012 following a 12-year career as a television news anchor and reporter. He spent nearly five years with NBC12 in Richmond following seven years with television stations in Utica, NY and Syracuse, NY. He now directs the Communications and Public Relations department which includes serving as the chief spokesperson for Henrico County Public Schools. Other duties include overseeing our... Read More →
DP

Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw

Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw was appointed superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools on January 10, 2014, but he is no stranger to the school division, having served in HCPS leadership since 1997. | | Dr. Kinlaw began his career in HCPS as the director of Staff Development. In 2004 he became the assistant superintendent for Administrative Services, and in 2010 he was named deputy superintendent. Over time, he accumulated a variety of... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Liberty

3:45pm

Thinking Back & Looking Forward

Having served on the WJCC School Board for 10 years, Ruth Larson knows only too well how important the relationship is between the school board and its appropriating partners. Now that she is a member of the James City County Board of Supervisors she will share what she wishes she had done differently while on the School board and what relationships she hopes to build moving forward.


Speakers
RL

Ruth Larson

James City County Board of Supervisors Member Berkeley District


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Piedmont A

3:45pm

What Works - Early Intervention for Literacy Achievement
Following the guidelines and recommendations of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Lancaster County Public Schools is in its fifth year of providing early intervention for at-risk 3-year old children. The locally funded program, with a unique funding model, is providing exciting results in improving school readiness for the highest risk population and making strides in closing the literacy achievement gap for a significant portion of cohorts. We will provide anecdotal and statistical evidence to support early intervention as a means to counter the effects of generational poverty and school-readiness disparity.

Moderators
JM

Joan Montgomery

Martinsville City School Board

Speakers
TK

Tom Kinney

Founder/President, Kids First Foundation
SP

Steven Parker

Steve received his BS in National Security/Public Affairs from The United States Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1986 and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. While on active duty, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Florida Tech. He was retired in October, 1994, and began teaching and coaching football and wrestling. After completing a Master of Education in Education Leadership, he became an assistant... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Piedmont C

3:45pm

Your Role as an Ambassador for Your School Division: Best Practices for Marketing and Public Relations
This presentation will help school board members identify their role as an ambassador for their school division and public schools. The session will provide specific examples and strategies school divisions and school boards can use to more effectively share good news about schools. This session will include social media tips, as well.

Moderators
PH

Phyllis Henry

Hampton City School Board

Speakers
DG

Diana Gulotta

As executive director of public relations and marketing, Diana Gulotta coordinates the promotion of the Division’s schools, staff and students through a variety of avenues, including the website, social media, HCS Email Extra, Cox Channel 46 and Verizon Channel 20, as well as the local media. She also serves as the Freedom of Information Act officer for the Division, and oversees and supports the Division’s television station, graphics... Read More →


Thursday November 17, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Tidewater C/D

5:00pm

VSBA Tailgate Reception
Thank you to our sponsor, SB Ballard Construction Company.


Thursday November 17, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Virginia Room

7:30pm

Moseley Architects' Game Night

Moseley Architects would like to invite you to their annual Game Night. Join us at 7:30 in Colony Room for delicious food, cold drinks, great company and watch the Saints vs. Panthers on the big screen. We can’t wait to see you there!



Thursday November 17, 2016 7:30pm - Friday November 18, 2016 12:00am
Colony ABC
 
Friday, November 18
 

8:00am

Sit-Down Breakfast
Thank you to our sponsor, Virginia Lottery.


Friday November 18, 2016 8:00am - 11:00am
Virginia Room

8:30am

Friday General Session
Thank you our sponsor, Comcast.

Student performance will be given by Kettle Run Jazz Band.

The 2016 VSBA Advocate for Education Award will be present.

The Grand Door Prize winner will be announced. 

Closing remarks will be given by Murray Banks. 

Speakers
MB

Murray Banks

Murray Banks is an honored educator and world champion athlete. As an educator, Murray's imaginative and innovative teaching techniques earned him the Vermont Teacher-Of-The-Year for Physical Education and the Outstanding Educator Awards from AAHPERD. As a coach, he turned long time losing programs into perennial State Champions. As an athlete, he has twice been one of the top finishers in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii and is... Read More →



Friday November 18, 2016 8:30am - 11:00am
Virginia Room