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Leading Learning Conference - Annual Conference 2018

Date: 10/29/2018    Start Time: 8:00 AM    End Time: 3:45 PM    Location: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa, Short Pump


Better Together
The theme for the 2018 VAIS Leading Learning Conference (LLC) is Better Together. In an age of lightning fast social media, file-sharing, email, and texts, we have innumerable opportunities to connect every day, and yet, in education, we sometimes feel isolated in our classrooms and offices, and in our schools. Instead of isolation, we wish for connection, cohesion and community, because we know that we are better together than we are apart. Community is essential to education--we learn from one other, we cheer each other on toward success, and we thrive by including others.  This year the VAIS Professional Development Advisory Commission (PDAC) sought proposals that inspire students, teachers, administrators, and schools to connect anew. Sessions should challenge PK-12 teachers and academic administrators to share a variety of models and strategies, skills, resources and tools, opportunities, and ideas that support connectivity and community at all levels. Some potential themes for presentations include, but are not limited to:
  • Inclusion, in the classroom, school or curricula;
  • Innovative technologies connecting students locally and internationally;
  • Community-building in the classroom, the school and beyond;
  • Mentoring programs for new teachers and/or younger students;
  • Idea-sharing among educators and administrators;
  • Leveraging community resources, tangible and intangible
Join us and be a part of this amazingly energizing day!  Immerse yourself in learning something new, network with your colleagues, make some new friends, challenge yourself, and have FUN!  Because, it is far better to be together in learning.

"It was my first VAIS conference, so I was unsure what to expect. I left the conference feeling inspired and motivated to make some tweaks to my daily routine."
"The flow between table conversations, selected speakers, and vendor interaction was exceptional."
"Speakers were FANTASTIC!!!"!
"Typically, I tend to find meaning in only small portions of conferences. However, I found the variety of topics, and the easy going speakers kept my interest throughout the entire conference."
"The community feeling of so many educators who were interested in creating a different school environment that encourages joy."

Monday, October 29, 2018
8:00 AM, Exhibitors and Check-in Open
9:00 AM, Keynote Begins
3:45 PM, Conference Concludes

Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa, Short Pump

2042 W. Broad St, Richmond, VA 23233



Charles Vogl
Charles is an executive consultant and award winning author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change. This work includes helping leaders strengthen critical relationships and inspire communities to action. He lectures, leads workshops with groups and works individually with a few leaders. He draws from the realm of spiritual traditions to understand how individuals build loyalty, strengthen identification with a community, and motivate actions consistent with group values. These principles apply to both secular and spiritual leadership. This includes teaching leaders how to quickly connect with others in authentic ways. When we communicate in powerful ways, we can generate inspiration, excitement, and commitment in others. Charles’ experiences include international human rights advocacy, social change leadership and internationally awarded nonfiction media. He studied business management and spiritual traditions at Yale University. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management and Yale Leadership Institute. At the Yale Law School, he co-founded the Visual Law Project.

His book "The Art of Community" won the Nautilus Silver Award in Business & Leadership.


Glenn Whitman, Director, Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, MD

Glenn Whitman (@gwhitmancttl) is the co-author of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education and directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Glenn is a former Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow and author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History as well as co-editor of Think Differently and Deeply, the international publication of the CTTL. Glenn is also a blogger for Edutopia. Glenn earned his MALS from Dartmouth College and a BA from Dickinson College. Glenn has presented at more than a dozen, major conferences world-wide including: New Teacher Center Symposium, SXSWedu, Festival of Education (UK), Ideas in Education Festival, researchEd, National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference, National Network of Schools in Partnership,  Learning and the Brain Conference, and Africa's 1st Mind, Brain, and Education conference. Glenn’s most recent publications include: "A Bridge No Longer Too Far: A Case Study of One School’s Exploration of the Promise and Possibilities of Mind, Brain, and Education Science for the Future of Education" in Mind, Brain and Education and "Bridging the Gap Between Mind, Brain, and Education Research and Practice: One School's Replicable Model in Impact the Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.

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Tweet us at @vaistweets. The official Twitter hashtag for the LLC 2018 is #vaisllc18. Please tag VAIS when tweeting about this program.


VAIS has secured discounted hotel rooms at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa/Short Pump. The VAIS discounted rate is $139.00 /night plus tax for single and double occupancy. The rate includes complimentary access to the gym and is valid until Thursday, October 4 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.

Registration fees are as follows:
    - $195 per person (VAIS member) per person
    - $295 per person (non-member) per person

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 9.

    - Once registered, an automatic email will be sent only to the contact person identified during the on-line registration.
    - By mid October, VAIS will send a confirmation to each registrant including important conference details.

If you do NOT receive a confirmation email immediately after you register, please contact Joan Fargis  as the registration might not have been completed correctly.


The cancellation deadline is Tuesday, October 9. Requests for cancellation must be received in writing to VAIS by emailing Joan Fargis. At any time, registration may be transferred to another member from the same school.

The Leading Learning Conference 2018 (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 2018 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 . . . . . . . 
                          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, please register here.

THANK YOU . . . to our LLC Sponsors.
Be sure to stop by their booth at the conference!





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