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Summer Symposium on Education
Bristol, Washington County, and western Smyth County teachers
Date: 7/15/2014 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $10 - includes lunch
Location: VHCC Campus

Employing A Holistic Approach to Education - Summer 2014 Symposium

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Online Registration will begin in May and space is limited  |  Download the Save the Date Flyer

This year’s symposium will focus on emotional intelligence and mental health issues

Keynote Address 
Speaker Jill Lemons Doty
The Forgotten Education

Jill Lemons Doty has worked with countless students and educators over the years. From the beginning of her career in 1982, her passion for teaching to the whole person, with the primary emphasis on teaching skills that promote emotional intelligence, has been evident.

While in graduate school Jill taught an undergraduate counseling skills course and went on to develop and teach a graduate level course for educators for the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. She has worked in elementary, middle, and high schools as a counselor, further realizing her beliefs in addressing the emotional connections to the learning environment. Jill has also broadened the landscape of education through the various workshops, trainings, and lectures she has led during her career. The Children Left Behind

Now, in her educational memoir, The Children Left Behind, she highlights the importance of understanding why educational reform must encompass more than government standards and test scores in preparing our students to be productive members of society. The true, often heart breaking stories of students Jill has worked with over the years help to explain the need to encompass emotional literacy as the foundation of all learning environments.

Pre-Registration:  Registration has now closed.  Registration is not complete until your payment has been made.

Event Cost:  A $10 registration fee includes all conference materials. Registration fee is payable over the phone, by mail or in person. Complete your online registration form for details. Registration fee must be paid by Friday, June 15, 2014.  We will not be able to accept registration or payment after June 15.

Payments may be mailed to the office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education, P.O. Box 828, Abingdon, VA, 24210, or by calling (276) 739-2430 or (276) 739-2533.

Credits:  .5 CEU points will be provided 

Questions:  If you have questions, please email Barbara Manuel at

Workshop Descriptions
Five workshops will be presented this year. Each of them will be offered during the first Workshop session at 10:10 a.m. and again during the second Workshop Session at 12:50 p.m. This will allow all participants to choose two workshops. Seating is limited, so please choose another workshop if the one you choose is at capacity.

Jill Lemons Doty
Fostering Resiliency in Students: The Importance of the School Climate to Positive Outcomes for Youth, MEC-107

Jamie Edwards
Mental Health First Aid Kit, ISC-119
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Human Services/Chair, Southwest Virginia Regional Center for Teaching Excellence, Wytheville Community College

Judy Bruning
Strategies for Teaching the HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills), MEC-109

Former Curriculum Director/Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment of PK-12 in Odem, Texas

Counselors Panel I: Elementary and Middle School Case Studies
Dr. Beth Page
: Director of Project EXCEL, VHCC
Terri Toten: Guidance Counselor, Saltville Elementary School and Rich Valley Elementary School, Smyth County
Jennifer Addison: Administrative Officer of Institutional Effectiveness, VHCC
Betsy Turnbull: Guidance Counselor, Virginia Middle School, Bristol, VA
Counselors Panel II: High School and College Case Studies
Pat Farmer: Patrick Henry High School, Washington County, Virginia
Karen Kilgore: Counselor for Project EXCEL, VHCC
Karen Copenhaver: Counselor for Project EXCEL, VHCC

Conference Schedule
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