22nd Annual SURN Leadership Conference

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June 18-19, 2018 at the W&M School of Education


Keynote Speakers:
Day 1: Renowned author and educational leadership expert, Michael Fullan
Complex times call for clear solutions, and Fullan’s Coherence Framework (2016) provides a vibrant, personalized road map for leading differently during times of change. 

Michael Fullan
Michael Fullan

Our closing keynote Monday is from Adria Klein, professor emerita of reading education at CSU San Bernardino, who will share skills, dispositions, and competencies necessary to lead learning for transfer beyond the school’s four walls.

In an effort to expand our collaborative culture and your professional network, we’ve added a “pay as you go” networking event from 4:30 – 6:30 on Monday evening, featuring good food from Two Drummers Smokehouse and music while you connect and collaborate with colleagues, near and far. This event will be a perfect time to connect with them!

Day 2: International Educational and Communications Consultant, Jennifer Abrams. Jennifer will bring a dynamic, customized keynote designed to address how we as leaders can build up our skills in effective decision making, communication, and collaboration during times of rapid change. 

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Jennifer Abrams

Following Tuesday’s concurrent sessions, Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., will close our conference with an engaging keynote designed to help us examine the intersection of leadership development and deeper learning as we plan and prepare for the upcoming school year.

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Lisa Nelson

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We are also excited that Lisa Nelson, visual thinker and graphic recorder for See in Colors, will be returning after her popular involvement at last year’s conference, and she will also be offering a concurrent session, Sketchnoting for Beginners for interested participants (at a nominal extra charge for supplies).

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The SURN Leadership Conference offers a forum to learn and exchange ideas on the campus of the William and Mary School of Education. SURN invites researchers and practitioners to share their work in a combination of interactive general and concurrent sessions to promote dialogue. 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, and 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 and presenters, as well as concurrent sessions, and a post-conference session!


DRESS ATTIRE

The conference is business casual for all conferences and meals. Dress comfortably for possibly cool meeting rooms.


SPECIAL NEEDS

Please contact our office with any special dietary needs that you may have by June 13, 2018. After this date, we are not able to accommodate requests.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

SURN is pleased to recommend The Hilton Garden Inn for our guests that plan on staying locally. Payments are to be billed individually. Please call to reserve your room at 757-253-9400 and let them know you're attending the SURN Leadership Conference. Reservations must be received by May 18, 2018.  After this date reservations will be accepted on a space available basis only.


DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The conference is being held on the campus of The College of William and Mary in the School of Education's Professional Development Center. The address is 301 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185. A parking pass is required and will be emailed to participants.

 From Richmond and points west:

  • Take Interstate 64 East to exit 234 (Route 199 East) towards Lightfoot.
  • Follow Route 199 approximately 6 miles to the Monticello Avenue exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, turn left at the stop light onto Monticello Avenue.
  • Stay on Monticello Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth light, you’ll see a large sign on the right for the School of Education. Turn right at the light.
  • Park in the lot specified on your parking pass. Be sure to display your parking permit which will be emailed.

From Norfolk and points east:

  • Take Interstate 64 West to exit 242A (Route 199 West) towards Williamsburg and Jamestown.
  • Follow Route 199 approximately 6 miles to the Monticello Avenue exit.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, bear to the right onto Monticello Avenue.
  • Stay on Monticello Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles. At the sixth light, you’ll see a large sign on the right for the School of Education. Turn right at the light.
  • Park in the lot specified on your parking pass. Be sure to display your parking permit which will be emailed.

Travel Time from Air Transportation:

  • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport – 30 minutes www.nnwairport.com
  • Richmond International Airport- 40 minutes www.flyrichmond.com
  • Norfolk International Airport- 1 hour www.norfolkairport.com