VEA’s Summit on Educators of Color – Growing Together: Incorporating, Sustaining, and Enhancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice will be held February 16-17, 2024. The location will be the Richmond Marriott Downtown, Richmond, Virginia. The goal of the summit is to inform policy and promote best practices and greater diversity in hiring methods in K-12 education throughout the Commonwealth. We also aim to empower and support new educators of color. Additionally, we are committed to providing resources and up-to-date insights on the most effective approaches for experienced educators and those dedicated to advancing racial and social justice.
The keynote speaker is Dr. James E. Ford, an award-winning educator and consultant on issues of equity in education. He is Principal Consultant at Filling the Gap Educational Consultants, LLC. and the Executive Director of the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED). Dr. Ford is a former high school world history teacher who now writes and speaks extensively on the topics of race, class, and education equity and advocates for the most disadvantaged student populations.
Have your voice heard! Embark on a transformative journey in this plenary session, where you’ll not only envision but boldly articulate your ideals for the future of public education! Engage in dynamic think-pair-share activities, participate in stimulating small group discussions, and contribute to expansive large group reflections. Walk away empowered with actionable insights, ready to champion diverse avenues for advocating on behalf of students and educators, as we collectively strive to reimagine a more inclusive and effective public education system for all.
The target audience for this summit is local VEA affiliates, K-12 teachers, education support professionals and administrators, college and university students, higher education faculty, staff and administrators, human resource personnel, local school boards, community organizations, state legislators, and Virginia Department of Education staff.
Registration has closed for this event.
Friday, February 16, 2024
4:30pm – 9pm
6pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, February 17, 2024
7am – 7:55am
7am – 7:55am
8am – 8:40am
8:50am – 10am
10:10am – 11:20am
11:30am – 1:30pm
1:40pm – 2:50pm
3pm – 4:30pm
Friday’s Opening Ceremony, Dinner, and Networking
First Breakout Session
Second Breakout Session
General Session, Lunch, and Keynote Address (Dr. James E. Ford)
Third Breakout Session
Closing Session and Plenary Session
The registration fee includes conference sessions, materials, and conference meals.
Participants are responsible for their own hotel reservations.
Regular Registration Prices – Registration deadline is January 24, 2024
Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Parking information – A parking garage is located on E. Marshall Street (directly beside the hotel); go to the 3rd level of the parking garage and this will take you to the hotel’s main lobby. Self-Parking is $8 per night beginning after 5pm on Friday through 6am on Monday. Participants are responsible for all parking fees.