SURN’s 20th Annual Leadership Conference: June 20-21, 2016

Join SURN to explore cutting-edge ideas in learning and practical application. With innovative discussions on engagement and developmental feedback, modern views on branding and preparing students for the future, this promises to be a dynamic conference. Let’s turn tomorrow’s classroom into today’s reality.

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Monday, June 20, 2016:
 8:30am – 3:30pm

Tuesday, June 21, 2016: 8:30am – 2pm

Registration begins at 8am

The SURN Leadership Conference offers a forum to learn and exchange ideas at The College of William and Mary. SURN invites researchers and practitioners to share their work in a combination of interactive general and concurrent sessions to promote dialogue. Each year’s theme connects to the priorities identified by the SURN Advisory Board. Participants from our SURN programs share their experiences from year-long, job-embedded professional development that can be applied in other settings. Leading education writers, researchers, and consultants provide international and national perspectives on their work. The opportunity to share with other educators, discuss topics with leading researchers, reflect on the prior school year, be inspired, and plan for the upcoming year are all reasons individuals and school division teams attend.

Conference participants are primarily from Virginia, they include: superintendents (5%), central office personnel (35%), principals and assistant principals (45%), teacher leaders (5%), and other educators such as The College of William and Mary faculty, VDOE personnel and retired school personnel who coach in the schools (10%).

We are pleased to offer a wonderful slate of speakers, as well as concurrent sessions, and a post-conference session!

We will have featured addresses from Dr. Billy Cannaday and Dr. Steven Staples, impactful leaders in Virginia Education. Session presenters will include Shawn Boyer, Shawn Clark &Abbey Duggins, Mary Cay Ricci, Joe Sanfelippo, and Allison Zmuda.

Past speakers have included Prof. John Hattie, internationally renowned researcher of education; James Nottingham, creator of The Learning Pit; Deb Masters, Principal Consultant at Cognition Education and the Director of Visible Learning Plus, and more! To see a full list of speakers from previous years, please click here.

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