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New Teacher Institute
Tuesday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 27
Virginia Crossing Hotel, Richmond

Join VAIS colleagues for the VAIS New Teacher Institute. This two-day professional learning event is for educators new to independent schools (1-3 years).   The program features an engaging Keynote with Dr. Ranjini M. JohnBull, Johns Hopkins University, engaging sessions, and peer networking! Session topics include Independent School Structure and Governance; Fostering Belonging; Neoromyth-busting; Design of Learning; Teacher Traits; Authentic Assessment; and MORE! This two-day event will be followed by Cohort virtual and in-person events throughout the year.  

Dr. Ranjini Mahinda JohnBull serves as the faculty lead for the Mind, Brain, and Teaching program. Her work centers on improving educational and life outcomes of traditionally disadvantaged students and children living in poverty through research on teacher beliefs and teacher practice.To that end, she focuses on teacher efficacy, the social contexts in which these beliefs change, and interventions that improve teaching efficacy and teacher practice. This work builds on the body of literature demonstrating that teacher efficacy influences student outcomes. Her research encompasses cultural competence and teacher efficacy studies, an IES-funded, arts-integration and memory study in Baltimore City, and professional development investigations of the Brain-Targeted Teaching model’s effects on teaching efficacy. Prior to joining Mariale Hardiman’s research lab for a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, she served as a music teacher in two St. Louis City charter schools, provided teacher training and microbusiness strategic development in Uganda with the U.S. Peace Corps, and coordinated the graduate-student assessment data collection for accreditation of the Education Leadership program at the University of Virginia.


Full schedule coming soon

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM  Welcome/STOKE/Keynote   
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Featured Sessions
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Featured Sessions

Virginia Crossing Hotel & Conference Center 
1000 Virginia Center Parkway
Richmond, VA

VAIS has a room block with an overnight rate of $109 + taxes per night. To make overnight reservations, call the Virginia Crossing Hotel directly at 888-444-6553 or 804-727-1400 and make sure to identify yourself as a member of Virginia Association of Independent Schools to receive our Group rate. Individuals are limited to reserving a maximum of three (3) guest rooms under a single name and form of payment. To receive our group rate, please call Virginia Crossing no later than Tuesday, July 5.

Registration includes breaks, lunch, reception and dinner on Tuesday and breakfast on Wednesday. Registration deadline is Friday, July 15, 2022. No refunds will be issued after that date. (See Cancellation Policy)

WHO   FEE          
VAIS MEMBER       $425