This conference is for Superintendents, Principals, Central Office and other School Leaders.
June 21, 2021 from 8:00 am to 3:05 pm.
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium invites you to register for our fourth annual Virginia Schools Leaders Hot Topics Conference! We will be in the brand-new Pulaski County Middle School where Superintendent Dr. Kevin Siers will welcome you. After registration Dr. Terry E. Arbogast, Executive Director WVPEC, will be doing the official opening and outline of the day.
We will begin the first session with the topic of equity. We are pleased to present Dr. Karen Eley Sanders, Vice Provost for College Access at Virginia Tech, and Dr. Kenna Colley, Executive Director of Pupil Services, Radford City Public Schools, who will each do a presentation.
The second session will be Roundtable Presentations that will showcase the dynamic and innovative programs underway in specific school divisions as well as presentations that focus on hot topics that have emerged in the past year. Attendees will be given a list of roundtable topics; there will be three 30-minute sessions to visit the topics that most interest you!
Following lunch, the keynote address will be given by Dr. Pat B. Huber, President of the New River Community College.
The final session will be Micah B. Schwartz, a Litigator with McGuire Woods updating us on current legal issues in public school education.
***Masks and social distancing are required at this event per CDC and Virginia Government Guidelines***
8:00 am - 8:45 am Registration
Tours of the Pulaski County Middle School
8:45 am - 8:55 am Welcome and Outline of the Day
Dr. Terry E. Arbogast, Executive Director, WVPEC
Dr. Kevin Siers, Superintendent, Pulaski County Public Schools
8:55 am - 10:15 am Equity
Dr. Karen Eley Sanders, Associate Vice Provost for College Access, VT
Dr. Kenna Colley, Exec. Director of Pupil Services, Radford City Public Schools
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Roundtable Presentations
12:15 pm - 1:35 pm Luncheon & Keynote Speaker
Dr. Pat B. Huber, President, New River Community College
Special thanks to the Lunch Ladies at PCMS who provided the lunch
1:45 pm - 3:05 pm Legal
Mr. Micah B. Schwartz, Litigator, McGuire Woods, LLP
3:05 pm Adjourn
Dr. Terry Arbogast
COVID19 has taught educators everywhere the importance of social and emotional health. In this high energy workshop you will discover fun and new ways to engage students and provide them with tools to address some of their emotional challenges. Reading to children, provides a wonderful opportunity to develop social and emotional competencies. In this session, educators will learn strategies for using stories to stimulate critical thinking and perspective-taking skills and allow children to make connections to real life events.
Join Dr. Rod Brame and the WVPEC for this virtual learning session
Wednesday March 24, 2021
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (K-5)
How are we going to inspire students to be excited about learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math?Dr. Roderic Brame shares:
Dr. Brame is an expert in providing positive, engaging, and meaningful experiences in STEM for schools across the country. He leads by example and spends many days in elementary school classrooms giving inspiring STEM lessons for students. He is a product of Radford University and Virginia Tech and has taught many Science Methods and Integrated STEM education courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Establishing programs that inspire innovation, invention, and Engineering Design in K-5 education are key initiatives advocated by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Brame incorporates these initiatives in cutting edge efforts to optimize STEM education at every level of teaching and learning. Elementary school is an especially important level to engage students in inquiry and design thinking because they are some of the most intellectually developing years. These wonderful and valuable experiences have the potential to advance student achievement especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.