A group of education administrators from Central and Southside Virginia are attending the University of Lynchburg Summer Leadership Institute today. About 125 people are expected.
The seminar allows educators to learn in-depth information about education, politics, and advocacy to help them in their roles as leaders in schools and school systems.
This morning, the seminar opened with workshops on improving student learning through math observation. Later, Dr. Steve Staples, Virginia’s superintendent of public instruction, will discuss the future of education at the Commonwealth level.
This afternoon, Dr. Randy Barrack will address the group about professional associations, politics, and lobbying. Dr. Barrack is president of the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership and executive director of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. Steve Newman, a state senator from Lynchburg, will discuss the relationship between education and the legislative process, and Dr Roger Jones, chair of LC’s Leadership Studies program, will provide an update on current legislative initiatives.
The program is funded by a State Council of Higher Education grant titled “Expanding STEM Instructional Leadership in Central Virginia.” The yearlong project is directed by Dr. Paula Lichiello, associate dean for Graduate Studies at LC.