Shenandoah University to co-host poverty conference With VASCD

shenandoah uThis fall, Shenandoah University’s School of Education and Human Development, in partnership with the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), will a conference on poverty for K-12 teachers, education leaders and others interested in issues related to education in Virginia.

Shenandoah will host the first session of “Teaching, Learning and Poverty: Meeting the Needs of a New Demographic,” a two-day conference, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Shenandoah University. The second session of the conference is set for Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

The Sept. 22 conference session in the Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room, on Shenandoah’s main campus will include presentations, panel discussions and opportunities for interaction. During the day, President of the Virginia State Board of Education Billy K. Cannaday Jr., Ed.D., and Virginia’s Secretary of Education Anne Holton, J.D., will address session attendees.

Dr. Cannaday will moderate “Perspectives on Poverty in Virginia Public Schools,” a panel discussion with panelists Lorena Kelly, Ph.D., an assistant principal in Virginia Beach Public Schools; Scott Kizner, Ph.D., superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools; Mark Lineburg, Ed.D., superintendent of Winchester City Public Schools; and Marcus Newsome, Ed.D., superintendent of Chesterfield Public Schools.

Additional presentations include “Eradicating the Crime of Squandered Potential: First Steps in Changing the Conversation Regarding Poverty and Performance,” and “Ministering to the Needs of a Community: The Story of Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center in Orange County, FL.”

VASCD will provide school teams with book study and video resources to help inform and engage their school faculties and communities. School teams are encouraged to participate together in the full institute. However, registration for individual participants and events is available. Online registration can be accessed through the VASCD website. See the full conference program here.

For more information about the Poverty Conference, please contact McCullough at 434/293-3290 or


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