Announcing Keynote Speaker, Dr. Chris Gareis!

Chris Gareis

Dr. Chris Gareis is the Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. His teaching, scholarship, and service to the field has focused on issues of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and educational leadership in many teaching and administrative positions. He engages in research and development on current issues, including classroom-based assessment, teacher preparation, mentoring, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, strategic planning, and program evaluation. He’s co-authored several books including his latest, Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning (Eye on Education).
Hear Chris at one of two (or both!) user conference locations this year- Roanoke or Richmond.

Join us in 1 of 3 locations:

Bring on the inspiration! This year’s User Conferences will offer 30+ breakout sessions including many sessions led by your peers. Hear their stories (or share yours) first hand.

Join us for this year’s Destination Conference in Alexandria, VA (a few miles from the Nation’s Capital) and experience our two-day event, including an evening outing in Washington D.C. Or join us for an action-packed, one-day session in the location nearest you.

Inspire. Empower. Engage.


Come together and learn what other teachers are doing in the classroom to inspire students to explore, collaborate, create, and believe in their amazing potential. Take away best practices for showing your students that you believe that each one of them can learn new things and grow intellectually, emotionally and physically every day.

Curriculum Directors

Join us to hear what others are doing in their grade level or content area learning team to inspire colleagues to challenge their current instruction, and explore and implement new and proven best practices. Hear how fellow teachers ignite or re-ignite their passion for engaging students in rigorous and exciting learning tasks that make content and classrooms come alive-so you can too!

Principals/District Administrators

Learn what others are doing in their school or district to change the status quo and burst into a new future of creating policies and practices that put student learning at the center of every conversation and decision. Walk away ready to inspire and engage school leaders, at all levels, to create a culture that strives for total excellence.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– William Butler Yeats