United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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Join us in our fight for our friends and neighbors in Southwest Virginia by exploring the options below.

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United Way of Southwest Virginia fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Southwest Virginia because they are the building blocks for a good quality of life.

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2023 Community Schools Conference
2023 Community Schools Conference
Jun 13

2023 Community Schools Conference

June 13 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Join us to transform schools in Virginia into places where educators, community members, families, and students work together to better conditions for student learning and foster healthy development.

Community School initiatives across the country positively impact student learning, strengthen families and create healthier communities.

Community Schools is an evidence-based equity strategy proven to improve attendance, school culture, family engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and college/career readiness.

We invite business leaders, healthcare professionals, faith-based organizations, community partners, local governments, and school systems to participate in this conference. Help us build on our communities’ strengths to ensure that our students, educators, and communities thrive.

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2023 Community Schools Conference

External Planning Committee

Rocky Baker - Regional Director of Programming & Community Schools, Smyth County, Communities in Schools of Appalachian Highlands

Dennis Deel - Director of Instruction, Dickenson County Public Schools

Marci Goode - Community Learning Center Liaison & Program Operations Coordinator, Henrico County Public Schools

Donnie Hale, Ed. D. - Southern Regional Deputy Director Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership

Alex Javna - Student Services Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

Jamie Little, Ph. D. - Education Specialist, Radford City Schools

Leanne Lytle, M. Ed. - Director of Program and Evaluation, Communities in Schools of Virginia

Ginny Moorer, M.A.Ed. - Trauma Recovery Coordinator, Mount Rogers Community Services

Elizabeth Motley - Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Remediation PK-5

Jesse E. Neece, Ed. D. - Principal at Sandlick Elementary, Dickenson County Public Schools

Michelle Nicholson - Community Schools Coordinator, Carroll County Public Schools

Roberta Paisley, Ed. D. - Coordinator of Elementary Programs, Grayson County Public Schools

AJ Robinson - Executive Director, Tazewell County Chamber of Commerce

Emily Underwood - Community Schools Coordinator, Carroll County Public Schools

Tammy Williams, Ed. D. - Supervisor of Innovation, Professional Development and Assessment, Washington County Public Schools

Gina Wohlford, Ph. D. - Superintendent of Norton City Schools

Internal Planning Committee

Crystal Breeding - Director of Workforce and Employer Services

Amelia Burtner - Community Resilience Coordinator

Whitney Caton - Professional Development Specialist

Lori Carlton - Community Resilience Coordinator

Danielle Dye - Community Resilience Manager

Ryan Dye - Marketing & Communications Manager

Zac Gauvin - Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Bethany Gillespie - Community Resilience Coordinator

Ryan Henderson - Community Resilience Coordinator

Dr. Susan Patrick - Director of Childhood Success

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