2016 Virginia Education Summit
The 2016 Virginia Education Summit brought together more than 80 Virginia policymakers and national and state education experts to discuss the challenges and best strategies and practices for the Commonwealth on October 13-14 at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia. The two-day, nonpartisan Summit – inspired by the Holshouser Legislators Retreat – was hosted by The Hunt Institute, the Virginia House Education Committee and Senate Education and Health Committee, and the University of Virginia.
Policymakers, practitioners, education leaders and resource experts addressed the most pressing education issues in the Commonwealth, including: education and workforce readiness; ESSA; early childhood, digital learning and technology; low-performing schools; and school leadership. Policymakers heard from Virginia teachers and principals about the issues they face, explored student demographic trends and the transformations affecting postsecondary education, and had the opportunity to experience a pilot program at UVA’s Curry School of Education that provides teachers in training with instant feedback on classroom management. The simulator allows education students to test their skills as they attempt to teach a lesson with simulated students. Participants also had an opportunity to learn about Liberty University Online, where more than 95,000 students around the world are enrolled and more than 245 distance-learning degrees are offered from the certificate to doctoral levels.