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Leading Learning Conference 2019

Mon, 4 Nov 2019 13:00:00 GMT - Mon, 4 Nov 2019 20:45:00 GMT

Participant online registration is now CLOSED. We still welcome you to come!
On-site registration IS available on Monday, November 4. Come to
the VAIS Registration Desk in the lobby of the Hilton Richmond Hotel Conference Center.

Monday, November 4, 2019 at The Hilton Richmond Hotel in Short Pump
Exhibits Open: 8:00 AM; Opening and Keynote Session begin: 8:45 PM; Conference concludes: 3:45 PM
Looking for the Program Booklet to Date?  HERE YOU GO!

This year’s Leading Learning Conference seeks to broaden our understanding of what it means to "Make Space"—space in our busy lives, space in our classrooms, space in our professional endeavors—to grow, innovate, challenge and pursue our schools’ mission while honing our own professional growth. But how? With the incessant tugs of a busy work and home life, prioritizing ourselves and the growth of our practice can take a back seat to the demands of our curriculum. Join us and get inspired to "Make Space" for the growth of your school, your students and yourself. 

Why Attend?  Well here are a few reasons from participants who attended the 2018 Leading Learning Conference:

Why Attend?  Here are a few inspiring comments from participants who attended the 2018 Leading Learning Conference:

"Making connections with others, and sharing insights into what makes us stronger and how to support one another's well being 
     and mental health

"The vibrant programs, curriculum, and projects that teachers are engaged in currently"
"I was inspired being around pas
sionate educators who took the time to attend the conference and made their presentations."
The sense of community among the teachers and speakers"
"Giving a presentation and getting such engagement from the attendees"
"I was inspired by many of the sessions and especially by the closing speaker's presentation, which was the perfect demonstration
           of and conclusion to a great day professional learning."


Andre Daughty, Teacher, Educational Consultant 
Andre Daughty’s (pronounced dow-tee) educational journey began after hearing Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu state, “If you observe children, they will teach you how to teach them.” That phrase shifted his philosophy on how students learn. By observing students, he differentiated curriculum through rap, composing music, art, poetry and projects based on his students’ interests watching them soar to new heights. Using the same philosophy, he’s been able to provide meaningful experiences for students and educators in schools and conferences. Andre has been fortunate to speak to audiences across the nation sharing thoughtful and humorous stories about how all students can truly learn. His workshops develop authentic high-quality professional development through building culture while keeping it real. He enjoys inspiring tomorrow’s leaders today!

Angela Watson, The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Strategist
Angela Watson is a National Board Certified Teacher with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has 11 years of classroom experience and over a decade of experience as an instructional coach.

Angela created the website - - as a young teacher in 2003 to share practical classroom ideas and help other educators build a positive mindset so they can truly enjoy their work. The blog now impacts over 8 million teachers each year, and her ideas have been featured in thousands of magazine articles, newsletters, and internet resources, and utilized in teacher preparation and support programs throughout the nation.Angela has authored numerous printable curriculum resources, online courses, and four books. Her newest book is entitled Fewer Things, Better will be released in spring of 2019.She is perhaps best known for her free Truth for Teachers podcast, which provides weekly encouragement for educators and consistently ranks in the top three K-12 podcasts in the world.

Choose this Book! Angela Watson's April 2019 Release!

You can't do it all. And you don't have to try.  There are too many things competing for your attention as a teacher.
The solution is NOT to manage your time better or work more efficiently.
Or at least -- that's not the place to start. 

The most important step is getting clarity, and figuring out how to use your life to make an impact in ways that really matter. This book will help you strengthen the courage to do fewer things, so what remains can be done even better.

The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23233

The program is designed specifically for school heads and academic administrators (i.e. academic deans, curriculum specialists, etc.) and ALL teachers. However, we welcome those who do not fit those titles and job descriptions as well.

Preliminary Schedule
Conference Program

VAIS Member Fee:  $195
Non Member Fee:   $295

The program registration deadline is Wednesday by Noon, October 23. No refunds after Thursday, October 17. For more information, see the Cancellation Policy.

VAIS has secured discounted rooms at Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump. The VAIS discounted rate is $142 + taxes per night for single or double occupancy and includes access to the gym. This rate is valid until Thursday, October 31 or until the room block reaches capacity.

To secure your overnight accommodations, call Hilton reservations at 1-800-445-8667 or 804-364-3600 and request Virginia Association of Independent Schools rate.

The Leading Learning Conference 2019 (LLC) is a great place to showcase your goods and services. The primary audience for this conference are teachers, academic administrators and heads of school. The LLC 2019 will allow for company information displayed in printed, online and on-site materials distributed to over 450 people. A member of the VAIS staff is happy to talk with you regarding the sponsorship program that is most mutually beneficial to your company. A variety of sponsorship levels from underwriting a speaker, hosting the lunch or one of the breaks, are available. We offer only 20 table-top spaces - on a first-come, first serve basis.


PLATINUM . . .   Featured Speakers Sponsor
                           3 available at $5000 each

GOLD . . . . . . .  Lunch
                          3 available at $3500 each

SILVER . . . . . .  
Continental Breakfast or Break
                           2 available at $2500 each

BRONZE . . . . .  
Conference Exhibit Table ONLY
                           $1200 For Profit and $750 Non-Profit

***To join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at the LLC 2019, please scroll UP and click on the Exhibitor Registration rust-colored button.***

Be sure to stop by their table at the conference





Festival of the Arts

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:00:00 GMT - Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:00:00 GMT

Host School: St. Anne's-Belfied School, Charlottesville, VA
Friday, November 15, 2018
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This event is for member schools only. 

Registration is now open!


The excitement is high for the FOURTH Annual Student Festival of the Arts at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA on November 15. What a fabulous opportunity for students in grades 8-12 from member schools to come together and share their love for the arts! Students can participate in creative workshops meant to stimulate new ideas and offer innovative techniques. The Festival is designed for students in grades 8-12 who have an interest or passion for the arts. Workshops cover a wide array of topics, and we welcome students who enjoy all mediums from band and chorus to creative writing and dance to painting and sculpture. 

Each school is invited to bring up to 6 students. There is a maximum number of students that can participate based on workshop space. All students are required to have a chaperone from their school
at the Festival at all times. 

A note about the workshops: This year we have more space in music focused workshops (mostly instrumental) than in the visual arts workshops. When deciding which students to bring to the Festival, I would encourage chaperones to look at the workshop list to make sure your students will get the most out of the day. Workshops fill on a first come first serve basis.

Please click here to register. 
Deadline to Register EXTENDED to October 24
If we reach capacity for the event prior to October 24, registration will close at that time.

Schedule and Workshop Descriptions

Students will be able to select workshops after the school has registered for the event. 
This event follows the written VAIS Cancelation Policy that is found under the Professional Development tab on the VAIS website.

The 2019 Festival of the Arts is a great way to share your business with 96 schools in Virginia. All sponsorship opportunities include online promotion to all schools and print promotion to 150 attendees. Sponsors will also receive a contact list and There is no space for exhibitor tables, so all opportunities are strictly for sponsorship. Click here to become a sponsor and support student creativity!

Lunch Sponsor
3 available at $500 each

T-shirt Sponsor (Company logo on t-shirt)
2 available at $750 each

Break Sponsor
2 available at $350 each

Please email Laura Godwin at with any questions.