Annual Convention

2017 VSBA Annual Convention 
November 15 - 17, 2017
Williamsburg Lodge

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!

Annual Convention Schedule

Click here to access the Annual Convention SCHED. This program will allow you to view information on the breakout sessions, activities, and events taking place at the Annual Convention and allow you to make your own personalized schedule of events. 

Conference Basics


Registration is now open! Click here to register for the VSBA Annual Convention.  Registration for VSBA conferences is open to VSBA members and affiliates.  For more information, contact Amanda Leonard, coordinator of board development, at

For more information about the convention, download the brochure.

Exhibit Hall Information

The Exhibitor Brochure for 2017 can be found here. Online booth registration can be found here.

The layout of the exhibit hall can be found here.

For more information, contact Amanda Leonard, coordinator of board development, at


Thank you to students from Newport News Public Schools for creating the video.

Pre-Convention Events

2017 golf tournament

The 2017 Golf Tournament will be sponsored and hosted by Moseley Architects, with support from M.B. Kahn Construction, Mark III Employee Benefits and Timmons Group. The tournament will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club on the Green Course, with shot gun start at 10:30AM. School board members and school personnel play for free! Vendors are invited to play as well for $130/golfer. Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow the tournament at the Clubhouse. For more information on the tournament and to sign up, click here. Registrations are due by Friday, October 27, 2017


The Virginia School Boards Association 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 Virginia discussing engaging technology platforms and how to develop a gift of insurance policy for your foundation.  Additionally, attendees will learn how foundations can strategically fulfill the needs of school divisions based on the current climate of education in the state. There will also be a chance to share best practices from your education foundation and pick up some great tools that you can use as soon as you return to your foundation.

Click here for a brochure     

Click here to register

early bird session

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


The Poverty Factor
Kimberly Jowers and Dr. Katrina Spigner, Resource Solutions

Whether we encounter it on a daily basis or choose to believe that it has no impact on our lives, poverty is a part of our reality. It is easier to discuss what “they” could or should do to change, rather than explore the self-imposed and systemic barriers that hinder individuals in generational poverty from achieving self-sufficiency.

The Poverty Factor, facilitated by Resource Solution’s Kimberly Jowers and Dr. Katrina Spigner, is an interactive experience that is designed to help individuals, leaders, organizations and communities examine the experiences of individuals in generational poverty, discover hidden personal biases and develop strategies for change.  It challenges each participant to discover their limits and then go beyond them at the individual and community level to redesign programs and approaches that better serve the individuals with whom we have contact.

This training offers a deeper understanding of the challenges and needs of people in poverty and the know-how to partner with them to create successful outcomes that build healthy individuals; thereby creating healthy communities.

Separate registration is required to attend the Early Bird Session. Please register for the Early Bird Session when registering for the Annual Convention, or contact VSBA to add this session to your registration. The cost for the Early Bird Session is $110.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Transforming Learning and Teaching with Mobile Technology 

Mobile devices are changing the way students learn and educators teach. Powerful creative tools, interactive textbooks, open educational resources, and a universe of apps make for endless learning possibilities. Join us in this interactive playground experience to get an understanding of how iPads combined with innovative digital learning experiences are creating new opportunities for learning. Get hands-on and discover how creating and exploring digital content personalizes learning and helps students of all learning styles grasp challenging concepts.

Convention Features

General Session Speakers

Wednesday, November 15


Thursday, November 16


Friday, November 17

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Manny Scott


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Dr. Bill Dagget


Jon Landis












Support physical activity in schools by running or walking in the 14th annual VSBA 5K sponsored by BCWH with support from Ascent Engineers and VS America. The race begins at 7:00AM at the Williamsburg Lodge. Walk, run, skip, or even dance across the finish line to celebrate the annual Virginia School Boards Association convention! This event is a great opportunity to participate as a team and show your school division spirit. You can register for the VSBA 5K Walk/Run online by clicking the link provided below OR at the BCWH booth during the VSBA Convention on November 15, 2017.

Registration is FREE to school board members, superintendents and school board clerks. Everyone who participates in the 5K will receive a race t-shirt. T-shirts can be picked up from the BCWH booth before the race during the VSBA Convention. Please bring your registration confirmation letter. Register today!

Awards will be presented to the following groups at the Friday General Session: 

  • Spirit Award
  • Team Award
  • 1st place for Mens and Womens walkers
  • 1st place for Mens and Womens runners in designated age groups 

workshop for student school board representatives

For the past twelve years, the VSBA has hosted a student school board representative session at the annual convention. This year, VSBA is again expanding the session to a morning workshop for student representatives. This workshop will feature various speakers to work with the students on school board policy input, potential board situations, leadership, and to discuss life as a student representative. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Click here for a brochure

Click here to register


The information on the 2017 Exhibition of School Architecture is now available. Please click here to view the brochure. The deadline to submit an application has now passed. For those who are participating, all slide presentations must be submitted no later than October 2, 2017 to

student video contest

The Virginia School Boards Association is asking students to express their thoughts and ideas around the theme “Choice” through our sixth annual student video contest. This topic is about all the choices students have when it comes to a public education in Virginia. Schools 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 recognized at the VSBA Annual Convention. Videos will be judged on how well they address the topic as well as the quality of the production and the creativity of the video. No professional assistance can be provided to produce the video. The format of the video is up to the students. Videos can be a commercial, news broadcast, music video, etc. Please note, only videos by high school students will be judged

The deadline for submissions has now passed. For any questions, please contact Amanda Leonard, coordinator of board development, at VSBA would like to extend a special thank you to the Student Video Contest sponsor, Milestone Communications. 

exhibitors scholarship 

The Virginia School Boards Association, in conjunction with participating VSBA Annual Convention exhibitor sponsors, is offering a scholarship to a deserving high school senior graduating in the spring of 2018. To be eligible, an applicant must be a graduating senior who served as a student school board representative during their junior or senior year and be in good standing with VSBA.

The successful applicant will be selected based upon the VSBA Exhibitors Scholarship Committee's assessment of the applicant's academic achievement, character, school and community service, and career goals. The recipient(s) will be announced at the 2017 VSBA Annual Convention (November 15-17, 2017). For more information about the scholarship, please click hereThe deadline to submit an application has now passed.

The VSBA would like to extend a special thank you to our platinum sponsors, M.B. Kahn Construction Company and Trane, our gold sponsors, Ameresco and VMDO Architects, and our silver sponsor, ABM Education. 

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. Please click here for details on how reserve your spot in the VSBA "Signs of Success" poster session exhibit. The submission deadline has now passed. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Hodges at 

2017 VSBA Pocket calendar

Thank you to Lightspeed Technologies and Noodle Markets for sponsoring the 2017 VSBA Pocket Calendar, available for pick up at their table near Registration at the Annual Convention.

Event-Level Sponsors