Annual Convention

2014 VSBA Annual Convention
November 19 – 21, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg

The VSBA Annual Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting of the year. This event brings together over one thousand school board members, superintendents, and school division staff from across Virginia. Attend general sessions, choose from over fifty hot topic seminars pertinent to public education issues, have the opportunity to meet with businesses dedicated to serving schools, and much more. This is the convention you do not want to miss. See you in Williamsburg!


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A Special "Thank You" to Our Platinum Sponsor - Moseley Architects

This promo video was produced by Newport News Public Schools students - thank you for doing such a great job!


Exhibit Hall

Registration for the VSBA Annual Convention Exhibit Hall is now open.

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Click here for the booth layout (when registering online, the program will tell you which booths are taken)

Lodging Information

Lodging Information for the 2014 VSBA Annual Convention

Link to Reservations at the Williamsburg Courtyard by Marriott

School Board Clerks Workshop

The School Board Clerks Planning Committee has been working hard to develop an interesting and exciting workshop! This year, clerks will have the opportunity to attend the VSBA Annual Convention general sessions; participate in roundtable discussions to develop the clerks code of conduct; hear a presentatino on working with new board members and superintendents; learn about legal hot topics; review important information on records retention; and more!

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Student Achievement Fair

The VSBA Annual Convention Student Achievement Fair highlights outstanding initiatives from school divisions across the commonwealth. Programs and practices will be selected based on creativity and impact on student achievement. Because of the limited number of spaces available, please limit submission to one per school division (you may, however, submit one project and one performing group from the same division). Performing groups will also be selected to entertain attendees during the Student Achievement Fair.

Click here for more information & application - October 1, 2014 Deadline

Exhibition of School Architecture

This exhibition is held annually in conjunction with the VSBA Annual Convention to raise awareness among board members about the relationship between good design and effective teaching and learning. The VSBA invites firms to submit exemplary projects. Projects will be judged, and exceptional projects will garner recognition.

Click here for more information & application - September 19, 2014 Deadline

High School Student Video Contest

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is asking Virginia high school students to express their thoughts and ideas around the theme “Virginia, we are one!” through our third annual student video contest. Students are invited to submit a 30 second video that conveys the contest theme. The top 3 videos, along with those identified by the judges as honorable mentions, will be posted on VSBA’s YouTube site, and winners will be announced at the VSBA Annual Convention opening general session.

Click here for more information & submission form - October 1, 2014 Deadline

Signs of Success

The Virginia School Boards Association is once again inviting school divisions across the state to participate in “Signs of Success” at the VSBA Annual Convention. To participate, divisions are asked to create and submit a poster illustrating their favorite success story. The success can be large or small - no achievement is insignificant - as long as your division wants to share it and celebrate it with others.

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General Session Speakers

Coach Bill Curry - Coach, Communicator, Educator, Motivator, Author
Bill Curry has had a very distinguished career having played pro football and then serving as a college coach. He will share stories of teamwork and diversity that will motivate you to begin looking at situations in your own schools very differently. For more information about Coach Curry, click here.

Melissa A. Porfirio, M.Ed. - Virginia Teacher of the Year
Melissa A. Porfirio, a first-grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School in Fairfax County, is the 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year and Region 4 Teacher of the Year. A teacher for eight years, Porfirio earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Catholic University and a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction from George Mason University.

Dianne Durkin - President and Founder of Loyalty Factor
The topic of this session will be The Power of Magnetic Leadership. If you have weak or non-existent leadership in your organization, it is like spraying a big can of people repellent into the air that your employees breathe. You kill creativity, productivity and the spark that motivates your team. The good news is you can become a magnetic leader – that force that attracts others.

Early Bird Session Option #1 - Anatomy of A School Board Disciplinary Hearing

Members of the VSBA Council of School Attorneys will present a comprehensive training designed to help school board members understand the substantive and procedural law governing student disciplinary hearings, implement appropriate procedural guidelines, document Board action for potential legal challenges, and develop strategies to conduct fair hearings within practical limitations. Attendees will be entertained with a “live disciplinary hearing”, during which the participants will confront many of the challenges which arise in such hearings. This training will also provide many practical tips and “no-no’s” gleaned from the collective experience of the panel members.

Presenters: The presentation will be moderated by Mary McGowan, assisted by several other experienced COSA attorneys who have represented school boards and school administrators in hundreds of student disciplinary hearings. McGowan, a partner with the law firm of Blankingship and Keith, has over 30 years experience representing public school divisions throughout Virginia on a variety of matters, including innumerable (and interminable) student disciplinary hearings. She has successfully defended many legal challenges to student expulsions and suspensions in both state and federal court. McGowan also conducts professional development and legal trainings for school boards, administrators and teachers on many topics of interest to the public school community.

Early Bird Session Option #2 - Parliamentary Procedures

Can one ever have too much training on parliamentary procedure? Never, you say? Here is a three-hour hands-on session that will help you become more efficient and your board more efficient. This session will fill up, so sign up early!

Presenter: Carlos Clanton, executive director for the Office of Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships for Norfolk Public Schools and the Norfolk Education Foundation, and policies & procedures chair for the National Urban League Young Professionals.

11th Annual VSBA 5K Walk/Run - November 20 at 7:00 am

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VSBA/ASFA Education Foundation Conference - November 18, 2014

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the American Schools Foundation Alliance(ASFA) would like to invite you to a workshop for education foundation professionals, volunteers and those interested in starting an education foundation in your school division. The workshop, held in conjunction with the VSBA Annual Convention, will feature education foundation representatives from The Virginia Society of CPAs discussing tax, auditing and budgeting; a branding and marketing presentation; and fundraising ideas from foundations throughout the U.S. There will also be a chance to share best practices and pick up some great tools that you can use as soon as you return to your foundation.

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Moderators Needed

There are openings for breakout session moderators at the 2014 VSBA Annual Convention. Moderators introduce workshop presenters and serve as liaisons between the audience and speakers, and board members serving as moderators will earn VSBA Academy points. Contact Bridget Merker, coordinator of board development, at if you are interested in serving as a moderator.