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Attend the 2013 Instruction and Professional Development Conference


School reform needs reform!

That’s the theme that will bring together more than 200 VEA members Nov. 22-23 for the VEA’s 2013 Instruction and Professional Development Conference in Richmond.

We’re calling it “Reforming School Reform” because no one is in a better position to lead that movement than you are!

Participants will walk away with new ideas about instructional practices, strategies for meeting the diverse needs of all students, and an update on professional issues.

“One of the hallmarks of the VEA is that we are a professional learning community,” says VEA President Meg Gruber. “The best professional development you can get comes from your colleagues who understand what you’re facing in your job and can offer strategies and tips that really work. We’re pleased to be able to offer this great opportunity to our members from around the state.”

Attendees will also hear a keynote address from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, as well as from colleagues who will be leading workshops. (Note: Please read below for an update from VEA President Meg Gruber regarding Dr. Diane Ravitch, who, unfortunately, is no longer able to participate.)

Onsite check-in begins at 4 pm. Friday, Nov. 22, at the conference hotel. The conference is being held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 1021 Koger Center Blvd., Richmond, VA 23235. The program begins at 7 pm on Friday, November 22, and ends at 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 23.

For more information, contact VEA at 800-552-9554.

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A message from VEA President Meg Gruber

As excitement builds for our VEA Instructional Conference next weekend, we have some sad news to share with our participants and guests. Our much-anticipated keynote speaker, Dr. Diane Ravitch, will not be joining us for this event. As many of you who follow her popular blog already know, Dr. Ravitch was hospitalized last week with serious health concerns. Still, she insisted that she would meet her commitment in Richmond. However, Dr. Ravitch now finds that she is not able to travel at the present time.

Fortunately, we have arranged an exciting program featuring NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, as well as a panel of education professionals that includes Virginia Delegate Steve Landes, the Honorable Joan Wodiska, member of the Virginia Board of Education, and Dr. Alan Seibert, Superintendent of Salem City Public Schools. Questions submitted in writing from the floor are expected to reflect the theme of this year's conference: “Reforming School Reform.“

We anticipate a lively discussion along with the panelists' professional and personal insights into the future of public education in Virginia. And don't forget the wonderful workshops waiting for you on Saturday! We promise you will leave this event energized, excited, invigorated, and recommitted to our students. 

Please keep Dr.  Ravitch in your hearts as she travels the path of recovery.

See you soon!

Meg Gruber, VEA President


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