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Annual Convention Brings Together Education Leaders From Across the Commonwealth
Hampton City Schools board members joined approximately 1,000 school board members, superintendents, division administrators, and education officials from across the state at the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) annual convention in Williamsburg, VA from November 18-20. The convention provided school division leadership the opportunity to learn about nationwide and statewide trends, meet and learn from key policy officials, and bring back new best management practices to their home school divisions.
School Board members Martha Mugler, chair, Dave Pearson, vice chair, Joe Kilgore, Jason Samuels, Monica Smith, and Superintendent, Dr. Jeffery Smith attended the conference. In addition, Thomas Perry and Ciara Lewis attended the conference for student representatives, Nanci Reaves attended the school board attorneys’ conference and Carolyn Bowers attended the clerks’ conference.
- Professional Development – More than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as boardsmanship, developing local capacity, school law, school construction, virtual/blended learning, advocacy, school improvement, educational trends, and energy/sustainability practices.
- Student Achievement Fair – Highlighting examples of great student achievement and of exemplary programs that are improving student achievement across the Commonwealth.
- Exhibitors Scholarship – The scholarship, funded by annual convention exhibitors, was made available to spring 2015 graduating seniors who had served as student school board representatives. The scholarship winner was announced at the convention.
- High School Video Contest – The annual student video contest challenged high school students across Virginia to create a 30-second video around the theme of “Student Achievement: What Does It Look Like?” The winners were announced at the opening general session of convention, and the videos were shown to the convention’s attendees.
- Exhibition of School Architecture – From ambience and multi-functionality to sustainable design and security, there is a direct relationship between good design and effective teaching and learning. The VSBA Exhibition of School Architecture gives attendees the opportunity to see this in action.
- Education Foundation Workshop – The VSBA and the American Schools Foundation Alliance (ASFA) held a workshop designed for education foundation professionals, volunteers, and those interested in starting an education foundation.
- School Board Clerks Workshop – School board clerks had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions to develop the clerks code of conduct; hear a presentation on working with new board members and superintendents; learn about legal hot topics; review important information on records retention; and more.
General Session Presentations
Rory Vaden, MBA
Cofounder of Southwestern Consulting, New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs and Procrastinate On Purpose, and international speaker, Rory is the world’s leading expert on self-discipline and overcoming procrastination. Rory’s newest book is called Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time and became an instant national bestseller.
Jaclyn Marie Roller Ryan
An agriscience teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor at Signal Knob Middle School in Shenandoah County Public Schools, Jaclyn is the 2015 Virginia Teacher of the Year. A recipient of numerous honors, she is the third generation in her family to be an agriscience teacher and FFA advisor in her hometown.
Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver (Ret.)
Stewart Rodeheaver is a proven combat, corporate, community leader and entrepreneur. He is the owner of ViziTech, a break-away technology company focused in 3D, virtual, interactive and augmented reality based training. ViziTech was Georgia’s “Coolest Technology Company” of the year in 2011 and Stewart was the technology “Entrepreneur of the Year” as chosen by the Technology Association of Georgia.
About the Virginia School Boards Association
The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.
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