Logos for VDOE and Sponsors of CNC 2016
Monday, July 24, 2017:
10:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.; check-in @ 9:00 a.m.
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Recognition Reception

Tuesday, July 25, 2017:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; check-in @ 7:30 a.m.

Greater Richmond Convention Center (GRCC)
403 North Third Street
Richmond, Virginia, 23219

The Virginia Department of Education presented the second annual Classrooms Not Courtrooms: School Discipline and the Achievement Gap Institute at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on July 24-25, 2017. This year’s Institute focused on aligning policy and evidence-based practices to decrease suspensions and racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline. This Institute is supporting a critical Governor’s Children’s Cabinet initiative. The Virginia School Boards Association, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals are partners in hosting this event. The Governor participated in this valuable professional development opportunity.


On Monday, July 24, 2017, the keynote speaker was Dr. John D. Marshall, Chief Equity Officer for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Marshall is one of the few Chief Equity Officers in the nation employed by a school division. He was featured in Education Week Leaders to Learn From on February 22, 2017 for making a difference in the areas of equity, discipline, college-and-career readiness, school climate and culture, and literacy.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the keynote speaker  was Dr. Ramiro Rubalcaba, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources with the Azusa Unified School District in Los Angeles County, California. Dr. Rubalcaba has served as a teacher and principal for middle and high schools. As the administrator over the discipline and safety team at an urban high school, he led the effort that reduced the suspension rate from over 600 suspensions to one suspension for the 2010-2011 school year and 2011-2012 school years. He has been featured in Education Week, U.S. Department of Education webinars, and the Fix School Discipline Toolkit.

Breakout sessions featured presentations from school divisions from across the Commonwealth sharing information on evidence-based practices and working with community partners, Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) framework, revising student codes of conduct, instituting restorative practices, and fair and equitable approaches to discipline.


For questions on the Institute and its program, please contact the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Student Services, at 804-225-2071, or e-mail Joseph Wharff at vog.a1558545362inigr1558545362iv.eo1558545362d@ffr1558545362ahW.h1558545362pesoJ1558545362.

For questions on lodging or registration, please contact the VTSS-RIC at (804) 828-1482 or via email at ude.u1558545362cv@ci1558545362rsstv1558545362.