« 2021 VASCD Annual Conference

​NOTE: The “In Person” Conference is closed- hope to see you at the Virtual Conference!

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

If Einstein was right, then the past two years have left us with enormous opportunity—to personalize and deepen learning for our students, strengthen our relationships, and advance the aims of equity. Join us to build your network, share ideas, and learn from our amazing presenters.

VASCD’s 2021 Annual Conference is a new kind of Hybrid!

NOTE: “In Person” Conference is now at capacity.

  • Attend in person at the Williamsburg Lodge and recapture the joy of engaging in person with presenters and colleagues; OR
  • Enjoy the convenience of learning from home via our online conference; OR
  • Register for BOTH! Join us in Williamsburg AND access virtual concurrent sessions not offered at the in-person conference, available until Dec. 22.

Both conferences will feature our four outstanding keynoters, opportunities to connect with sponsors and exhibitors, and dozens of concurrent sessions related to our themes:

Deep Learning

Visible Equity

Strong Community


Conference Information and Pricing—

In-person Conference : Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg VA. - Registration is now closed for the In Person Conference
December 7-8, 2021

The in-person conference will feature lots of interaction, opportunities for person-to-person networking, and the high-quality sessions for which VASCD is known.

Cost: (Includes 2 continental breakfasts and one lunch.) $340

Once registration is paid, fees are not refundable. Substitutions are accepted by emailing bev@vascd.org.

Virtual Conference
December 8-9, 2021

Attend from your own location without incurring travel expenses. This conference is designed especially for our virtual attendees—- not live streams of our in-person sessions, but sessions specifically created for our virtual platform along with the “extras” that made our 2020 virtual conference so special. Some popular session topics and presenters will be duplicated across the two conferences; most will be different. Recordings of virtual concurrent sessions will be available for viewing until December 22.
Cost: $280


LINK to the “In Person” Conference Schedule

LINK to the Virtual Conference Schedule


Our Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Abrams

Stretching Your Learning Edges at Work

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and independent schools, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators and others on new teacher/employee support, having hard conversations, collaboration skills and being your best adult self at work.

Learn more about Jennifer Abrams here

Chase Mielke

Creating Change Through Small Actions

Chase Mielke is a writer, speaker, and award-winning high school teacher. He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and runs affectiveliving.com, a blog dedicated to helping educators better understand and teach social-emotional learning. Mielke’s work has been featured on CNN and on these websites: We Are Teachers, Edutopia, HuffPost, and Cult of Pedagogy.

Learn more about Chase Mielke here

Dave Stuart

More Learning, Less Stress: A Simpler, Deeper Methodology for Student Motivation and How It Can Make Schools Better for Everyone

Around the United States, teachers are experiencing a deepening problem: more and more students are not motivated by school. While this is most acutely felt in secondary settings where more students present either apathetic or grade-driven attitudes toward school—both of which are problematic from a motivation perspective—it is a K-12 issue.

The good news? This is a solvable problem—especially when teachers work together vertically from a shared understanding of how five key beliefs shape student motivation.

Learn more about Dave Stuart here

Brandon Fleming

Undoing Miseducation

Brandon P. Fleming’s story of struggle, success, and service has inspired millions around the world. An at-risk youth and college dropout turned award-winning educator, Fleming is Assistant Debate Coach at Harvard University and Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project.

Learn more about Brandon Fleming here