You may have been to a VEA conference before, but we guarantee you’ve never seen one like this! We’ve got an exciting and revamped event coming this fall and you won’t want to miss it. We’re calling it EPIC (Education Professionals in Collaboration), and it combines our annual instructional conference, the Education Support Professionals conference, and our focus on racial and social justice issues into one umbrella conference event in Richmond October 7-8.
The theme for EPIC’s inaugural is “Learning Outside the Lines,” so come prepared for a creative, innovative, and career-strengthening experience! It’s for all of us—teachers, counselors, ESPs, aspiring educators, and administrators. We’ll have 30 breakout sessions on a wide range of topics, including best practices in instruction, equity, inclusion, justice, trauma, and more.
We’ll also have an incredible keynote speaker! Dr. Manny Scott is one of the original young students whose story was captured in the award-winning Hollywood movie Freedom Writers. Dr. Scott had a brutal upbringing: By the time he was 16, his father was incarcerated, he’d dropped out of school, he’d lived in 26 places, and his best friend had been murdered. He’ll talk about the vital role education and educators played in turning his life around: Today, he’s an author, speaker, and educator internationally known for his dynamic presentations. And we’ve got him for EPIC!
Friday, October 7
4:30pm – 9pm
5pm – 6pm
6pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, October 8
7:30am – 8:30am
8:15am – 8:30am
8:45am – 10am
10:15am – 11:45am
11:45am – 1pm
1:15pm – 2:30pm
2:45pm – 4pm
4:15pm – 4:45pm
Opening Session, Dinner, and a Movie
Welcome & Greetings
First Breakout Session
Keynote Address (Dr. Manny Scott)
Second Breakout Session
Third Breakout Session
Fees will increase August 27, so sign up early!
Certified professional – $90.00
Certified professional commuter – $75.00
Classified education support professional – $60.00
Classified education support professional commuter – $50.00
Aspiring Educator – $25.00
Aspiring Educator commuter – $25.00
Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219
A parking garage is available at the hotel. Participants are responsible for all parking fees.
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