« 2020 Annual Conference

What happens when traditional schooling is suddenly upended? Educators rise to the challenge. Join us to learn about powerful ideas, including those born of necessity in crisis, that can help our students learn continuously, deeply, and successfully.

This year Virginia educators, students, and families have risen to meet unprecedented challenges that will change our schools in lasting ways. What approaches and insights have we gained in 2020 that strengthen teaching and learning going forward? VASCD’s 2020 Annual Conference will engage national thought leaders and Virginia’s leading educators as we share how learning can become deeper and more meaningful in our changing context.

Conference strands: Equity, Connections and Relationships, Worthwhile Learning Beyond School Walls

Early Bird registration $315 (through June 5)
Registration after June 5 $340

Sessions presented by Virginia educators are the highlight of our conference. If you have an idea, innovation, or practice to share, we invite you to submit a proposal prior to August 1. Information and submission form for presenters.


PLEASE NOTE: We plan to host Annual Conference at the Williamsburg Lodge. However, we anticipate accepting fewer participants in order to comply with all public health and social distancing guidelines that are in effect at the time of the conference. Should it be necessary, sessions and interactive opportunities will be provided remotely as well. Register early to be part of the in-person experience (your costs will be adjusted if we are unable to gather in Williamsburg).

 

Our Keynote Speakers

Chris Emdin

Christopher Emdin is Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a social critic and public intellectual, advocating on issues of race, culture, inequality and education.

Dr. Emdin is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts and schools.

He is the author of the award-winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too.


Learn more about Chris Emdin here

Jennifer Gonzalez

​Jennifer Gonzalez is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught middle school language arts teacher and been a teacher educator. She is the engine behind the popular Cult of Pedagogy website, blog and podcast. Her writing has appeared on Edutopia, Education Week, and MiddleWeb.

Jennifer is also the co-author of Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School and The Teacher’s Guide to Tech: A Cult of Pedagogy Digital Binder.

Learn more about Jennifer Gonzalez here

Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer, known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from Northern Virginia isn’t your normal principal. He is an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. His recognitions include the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal, Virginia Principal of the Year, and recipient of the Virginia ASCD Impact Award.

Under his leadership, his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia. Hamish is the best selling author of “Relentless – Disrupting The Educational Norm, published in 2019.

Learn more about Hamish Brewer here