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
- Dr. Dede Bailer
- Dr. Bailer is currently the coordinator of School Psychology Services for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). In her role as coordinator, Dr. Bailer has supervisory responsibility for over 160 school psychology practitioners in FCPS and works with county government and community partners to develop and implement wellness and prevention strategies that contribute to healthy children and communities. Dr. Bailer is part of the FCPS team implementing a tiered system of support for mental wellness and social emotional learning and is a division representative to the State Management Team. She is also the FCPS liaison to VDOE for Military Connected Youth.
- Jennifer Baldwin
- Jennifer serves as the Coordinator for the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports and Project AWARE in Montgomery County Public Schools. In her role she facilitates the implementation of Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports across all 20 buildings within the county. Prior to her current role, she served ten years as a teacher and ten as a school counselor and uses this experience to help teams understand and implement interventions at all levels to support children and families.
- Jo Ann Burkholder
- Jo Ann is currently the Director of the Office of Student Services for the Virginia Department of Education where she has also served as the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinator and the Student Assistance Systems Coordinator in the Office of School Improvement. She has a Masters degree in counseling and human development and is a licensed school administrator and supervisor with over thirty-five years of experience working in education and providing mental health services.
She served on the executive board for the National Network for Safe and Supportive Schools State
Coordinators and is past-president of the National Student Assistance Association. As a consultant for the
New York Times “Newspaper in Education,” and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy she trained nationally and internationally on a variety of topics to enhance education and community systems change.
- Susan Cumbia Clare
- Susie currently serves as a state coach for the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports. With a keen interest in the integration of supports for mental wellness with those for academics and behavior, Susie serves on the VTSS Mental Wellness Workgroup and supports Fairfax County Public Schools in the implementation of Project AWARE. Susie retired from the Commonwealth of Virginia after 33 years of serving children in various roles including Director of the Virginia Office of Children’s Services, elementary and middle school principal, local coordinator for the Children’s Services Act, and high school special education teacher.
- Joshua Cole
- Joshua Cole is a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Excellence in Education. Born in Michigan and growing up in a working-class home, Joshua learned the value of hard work and the need to embrace diversity in order to be successful in a global society. Teaching in rural Michigan, inner-city Detroit and suburban Richmond, as well as internationally in Australia has equipped him with a local-to- global perspective of people and the communities in where they learn, live and work. His 20 years of experience include roles as teacher, children’s book author, history consultant, cultural competency facilitator, professional development presenter and principal. Joshua currently serves as a principal in Chesterfield, Virginia at Ecoff Elementary (A Social Emotional Learning School). As a principal at a racially and socioeconomically diverse school of 800 students, Joshua has led his teachers through innovative efforts of teamwork focused on social emotional learning in order to meet the needs of the entire school community. As a result, SOL scores have increased and school suspensions have decreased. Joshua founded A New Anglee as an educational resource to help equip and empower other leaders with a new perspective on school improvement. In collaboration with Epoch Education, Joshua has designed an online course: Leading While White to provide a process for creating equity in education by using his NEW approach of “Naming our diversity, Empowering open-mindedness and Welcoming out-of-the-box ideas.” Joshua has written a children’s book entitled The Character Club as a resource to engage and empower students to teach others about social emotional learning skills through character traits. Learn more about Joshua at www.joshuapcole.com
- Bob Garrity
- Bob Garrity and has provided services and training in communication, planning, problem-solving, restorative practices, diversity and cultural competence, and conflict resolution for businesses, government, schools, universities, and other organizations. Bob has a B.A. in Government and Elementary Education from William and Mary and an M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and is in the final stages of doctoral studies in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Virginia. He has worked with government, businesses, universities, and over 40 school divisions in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, and Illinois. Business and government services include training, mediating, facilitating meetings, and facilitating partnering projects. School services include mediation, group conflict resolution, restorative practices, bullying prevention, planning, staff development, and discipline disparity assessment and intervention.
- Dr. John D. Marshall
- Dr. John D. Marshall is a Louisville native. He is currently the Chief Equity Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Poverty for Jefferson County Public Schools. In his current role he oversees Compliance and Investigations, Site Base Decision Making, Student Due Process, Equity and Inclusion, Student Engagement and Community Outreach, Restorative Practices, Out of School Time Community Data, and the Volunteer Talent Center. He completed his undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate degrees from Western Kentucky University. His area of study and interest focus on teacher engagement and the impact it has on African American males.
John was a high school English teacher and administrator in Jefferson County Public Schools. He sits on the Scholarship Committee for the Louisville Branch on the NAACP. He is the father of three girls who attend the Jefferson County Public Schools District. His wife is an administrator in the district.
Dr. Marshall is community centered and future focused. An elephant sits in the center of his conference table. Why? Because Dr. Marshall believes that improving the educational system first starts with addressing the elephant in the room.
- Dr. Luke Miller
- Luke C. Miller is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. His areas of expertise include education policy, teacher labor markets, rural education, and economics of education. Dr. Miller is currently the Principal Investigator on a collaborative project with the Virginia Department of Education (DOE) that is examining the connections between school climate and student educational outcomes and the ways DOE can support a healthy climate in all Virginia schools. He has previously studied chronic absenteeism, student mobility, universal pre-kindergarten, and teacher recruitment, retention, and development. Weaving together Dr. Miller’s research is a commitment to rigorous analysis of large comprehensive datasets to produce policy-relevant findings that strengthen the quality of the educational opportunities afforded individuals. He received a Ph.D. in the Economics of Education from Stanford University in 2008.
- Dr. William Noel
- “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” This quote by Mark Twain perfectly captures Dr. William Noel’s personal calling and passion for working for children. That higher calling and passion is “why” Dr. Noel remains committed to being an influential role model for all students, but especially for our (sometimes) Hard-to-Reach students.
Dr. Noel emphasizes the importance of connecting with our Hard-to-Reach students by establishing genuine relationships, and being transparent & honest. He will be the first person to debate that knowing WHO we teach may be more important than WHAT we teach.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1991, Dr. Noel began this exciting journey first in Caroline County as a substitute teacher, then an Alternative Education teacher, Social Studies teacher and coach. In 2004, he was hired by Hanover County Public Schools as an Assistant Principal after earning his M.Ed. from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).< br/>
Because Dr. Noel truly believes Knowledge is Power, he returned to VCU, and in 2014 graduated with his Ed.D. in Leadership. That same year, he was hired as Director with Henrico County Public School, the position he currently holds. When asked by a colleague if he was going to miss teaching now that he is an administrator; Dr. Noel replied, “I will always be a teacher – just no longer from a classroom.”
- Suzanne Petersen
- Suzanne Petersen, MA, is the Supervisor of Student Support Services, managing 37 School Social Workers,
the Homebound Program and Restorative Practices Program for Loudoun County Public Schools. She is a
graduate of Rhode Island College with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. In addition, Ms. Petersen is a Licensed Restorative Practices facilitator and trainer. During her 15 year career with LCPS, in addition to her current role, Ms. Petersen has been the Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services and a Special Education Counselor. In her current role Ms. Petersen oversees services and programs designed to support the social emotional growth of all students. Over the past 4 years Ms. Petersen has been implementing the full continuum of restorative practices throughout Loudoun County Public Schools as a way to reduce suspension and expulsions, increase school safety and connection, develop emotional literacy and conflict
resolution skills with students.
- Dr. Jennifer Piver-Renna
- Dr. Jennifer Piver-Renna serves as the Senior Executive Director for Research at the Virginia Department of
Education. As a liaison between the agency and key research partners, Dr. Piver-Renna is responsible for
conducting scientifically-sound research to support the agency’s strategic goals and translating research findings into actionable information for policymakers, educators, parents and students. The Director also promotes a work environment whereby ongoing evaluation and improvement become routine, continuous activities. Dr. Piver-Renna previously served as the Research and Program Evaluation Section Head for the Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Behavioral Health Branch. She received a Ph.D. in Health, Behavior & Society from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009.
- Jennifer Polanco
- Jenn serves as the Coordinator for the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports and Project AWARE in Pulaski County Public Schools. In her role she facilitates the implementation of Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports across all schools in Pulaski County Public Schools. Jenn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who worked as a clinician within an Elementary School and Middle/High Alternative School. She is energized to be able to bring her knowledge of mental wellness to the systems level of conversation and making this a focus within her school division.
- Ramiro Rubalcaba
- Ramiro Rubalcaba has served as an educator for 20 years as a teacher’s assistant, teacher, Assistant Principal at Stevenson Middle School and Garfield High School, and as a Human Resources Coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, principal at Azusa High School and is currently Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources with the Azusa Unified School District and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Laverne. Ramiro is a member of the California School Discipline Action Team and in 2012 Toyota Financial Services honored him with the President’s Community Leader of the Year Award. In 2015 he was honored with the Champion for Character Award by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section and completed his Educational Doctorate at the USC Rossier School of Education. He views education as both a career and a vocation and plans to one day serve as a superintendent in order to
serve the greatest number of students possible. His mission is to provide a 21st century education that
emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication, and respect for diversity and creativity in a safe and
positive environment that is supported by collaborative community involvement in order to develop successful global citizens that are truly college and career ready.
- Sherol Southerland
- A twenty-one-year educator, Sherol Southerland is currently employed with Hanover County Public Schools as the Director of School Safety & Disciplinary Hearing Review Officer, as well as the division’s co-coordinator for implementation of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS). Prior to coming to Hanover in 2014, she served with Henrico County Public Schools for 18 years as a high school English teacher, administrative aide, administrative intern, assistant principal, and the Coordinator for Student Conduct for the school division. Sherol received her post-secondary education at Virginia Commonwealth University and has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English), Master of Teaching Degree (Secondary English), endorsement to teach English as a Second Language, a Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership, and a Post-Master’s Certificate-Reading Specialist. Currently, she is a doctoral student in
Educational Leadership at Liberty University. Sherol is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter.
- Dr. Ivory Toldson
- Dr. Ivory A. Toldson is the president and CEO of the QEM Network, professor of counseling psychology at Howard University and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. Previously, Dr. Toldson was appointed by President Barack Obama to devise national strategies to sustain and expand federal support to HBCUs as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs). He also served as senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column.
Dr. Toldson was dubbed a leader “who could conceivably navigate the path to the White House” by the
Washington Post, one of “30 leaders in the fight for Black men,” by Newsweek Magazine, and the “Problem Solver” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. Dr. Toldson, according to former U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, is “a prolific young scholar and myth buster.” According to NPR, Dr. Toldson has “a desire to shed new light on old issues.” A sought after speaker, Dr. Toldson has been featured on MSNBC, C-SPAN2 Books, NPR News, POTUS on XM Satellite Radio, and numerous national and local radio stations. In print, his research has been featured in The Washington Post, CNN.com, The New York Times, The Root, The National Journal, Essence Magazine, BET.com, The Grio, and Ebony Magazine. Dr. Toldson was named in the 2013 and 2014 The Root 100, an annual ranking of the most influential African-American leaders.
His body of research was featured in The Foundation Center report, Building a Beloved Community, for his
role in shaping sponsored programs for Black male achievement. Dr. Toldson was awarded the: Equity
Champion Award from the New York City Department of Education; Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State Black Alumni Association; Top 25 Forensic Psychology Professors, ForensicsColleges.com; and The Emerging Scholar designation from the Diverse Magazine.
- John Van Wyck
- For the past 11 years John has served as the Director of Student Services and Federal Programs for Page County Public Schools. He is responsible for all alternative educational programs; including online learning, all CSA/ FAPT activities, homelessness, foster care, re-enrollment from correctional facilities, homeschooling, and homebound instruction. Mr. Van Wyck is also a member of the Superintendent’s Discipline Committee where plans are created for students who receive a disposition from the Division Superintendent that include a process for their return to complete graduation requirements. In addition, Mr. Van Wyck is responsible for all Title-I, IIA and III grants and programs.
John spent 11 years as a teacher for ED, LD, ID and OHI students at the elementary, middle and high school
levels while also the part-time school social worker before becoming the full-time school social worker for 3
years. He has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology, 30 graduate hours beyond in the areas
of special education, school social work and school administration, and is licensed to teach SPED/Emotional Disturbance & Psychology in Virginia.
- Kathryn Walkley
- Kathryn is the Program Coordinator for the Therapeutic Day Treatment (TDT) Program at Crossroads Counseling Center in Page County Public Schools. She has nine years of experience in providing therapeutic services to at-risk children and families in their homes, schools, and community throughout the Shenandoah Valley. She has a Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in the areas of Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. Kathryn is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Virginia.
- Joseph Wharff
- Joe is the School Counseling Specialist at the Virginia Department of Education. His duties in the Office of
Student Services include the Academic and Career Plan Initiative, student assistance programs, school
safety, and technical support for school counselors in Virginia. Prior to the position in Student Services, he
was the Career Connections Specialist in the Office of Career and Technical Education and School Counseling Specialist in the Office of Instruction at the Department. Joe has worked as a school counselor and director at Hermitage High School in Henrico County. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and his Masters and Post-Masters degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he currently is an adjunct faculty member.