« Annual Conference: 2020 Vision

Join us on December 2 and 3 for a terrific… and virtual…. learning experience! You WON’T need a hotel room, a suitcase, or a mask. You WILL need a readiness to learn (we’re going to bring you way more content online than we can in person) and a willingness to engage (this is not your average parade of webinars). Sign up today to ensure your access to ALL the conference features.

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

See the REVISED Conference Program here

Two registration options:

  • Option 1: Register for an all-conference pass to attend keynotes, select from live sessions across all conference strands, and access all recorded sessions as well as social activities and “well-being breaks”.
  • Option 2: Register for a limited pass gives you access to keynote sessions and live/recorded sessions within one selected strand.

Register HERE by November 24. For late registration, contact Beverly Winter at Bev@vascd.org

$280 (All-conference Pass)
$245 (Limited Pass)


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

The Symbiotic Curriculum: It’s Time for “Real Life” and School to Mean the Same Thing

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