College of Graduate & Professional Studies
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Attending and participating in professional conferences is a very important part of any career. As a graduate student, you are eligible for reduced conference registration rates and you are at a perfect time in your career to experience the networking, knowledge sharing, and overall exhilaration a state or national conference in your field provides. The Graduate College would like to help you attend.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies will fund travel grants to any graduate students admitted to one of Longwood’s graduate programs (endorsement programs are included) in the following amounts:
In-state conferences: up to $250.00 to cover conference registration and hotel (the grant will not cover meals, travel, or other expenses)
Out-of-state conferences: up to $500.00 to cover conference registration, hotel, and flight or mileage to get to and from the conference (the grant will not cover meals or other expenses)
Multiple conferences: Funding for two conferences per student may be available if that student is presenting or receiving an award at one or both, dependent on availability of funds.
We will post the photo and a few sentences from your reflection on the Graduate Studies website so everyone can see the professional involvement of our graduate students.
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You must be a graduate student admitted to a program to be eligible for this travel grant.
Students are responsible for any charges incurred prior to travel if the trip is not made. This includes nonrefundable registration fees, cancelled flight fees, and hotel charges.
There is a limited budget for Graduate Student Professional Travel Grants. Grants will not be awarded once that budget has been exhausted.
Virginia Beach, VA: November 8-10, 2013
Following in the steps of last year’s very first graduate cohort in the Health and Physical Education (The Great Eight), this year’s cohort (The Phantastic Phour) made their way to their state level professional conference for great people, presentations, vendors, and networking.
One of the presentations I attended was the "The Best of Albermarle County Elementary Physical Education." They presented numerous activities for the elementary level. Some were quick start activities, others were dances, and some were skill focused but all were extremely helpful. The aspect of this presentation that was extremely helpful for me was the inclusion of the modifications you would use to include students with special needs. These adaptations were especially great because they actually showed them while they were presenting so we could see how they would work with students that do not have special needs. This was especially helpful to me because I am getting my masters degree in Adapted PE.
Another benefit from attending this conference was just the ability to see teachers in the HARK profession who care, and want to make a difference in the lives of their students. This not only gave me hope for the future of our profession, but also made me want to take their innovations and implement them into my future classroom.
Being that most of these presenters and attendees have jobs it was an extra benefit to meet some of the men and women in charge of the health and physical education programs in their respective counties. The conference is all about adding to your toolbox while networking and allowing people that you may have communicated with put a face to your name. VAHPERD is a conference all about helping you as a teacher, which in turn helps the students both inside the classroom and out. Each time going you learn new things and keep up to date with new concepts. This conference is nothing but a benefit for all in the physical and health education and dance world.
The VAHPERD convention is a professional convention that educators attend presentations that advocate quality programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance, and sport. The best professionals in their respective departments lead these presentations. During the presentations the presenters demonstrate new and upcoming techniques, games, and activities and show first hand what they should look like. They also provide the necessary materials to those attending the presentation that way we are able to take those materials and strategies and implement them into our classroom. There is also a room full or exhibits that show different materials and opportunities available on the market for the HARK departments.
Amanda visits vendor Omnikin after attending a session they presented
Attending the VAHPERD conference allowed me to network with others in my profession about anything from lesson plans, discipline techniques, new equipment, and possible job opportunities once I graduate. I was fortunate enough to sit down with an elementary school physical education teacher from Nottoway County to discuss the website that my colleagues (Trisha Causin, Erin Neal, and Stephen Shockley) and I are creating. The goal of our website is to give classroom school teachers active ways to teach and reinforce the standards of learning for Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and History.
In the Omnikin session, the presenter explained and demonstrated many different games that elementary-aged students can play that incorporate classroom SOL’s. Some of the games incorporated the planets, food chains, Jamestown, and math skills. The presenter provided everyone with handouts or emails after the conference with all the instructions for the games. I also took pictures to remember the set-up of each game. I really liked this session because it reassured that I know how to incorporate classroom SOL’s.
Williamsburg, VA: November 7-9, 2013
Graduate students from the School Library Media program attended the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia from November 7-9, 2013. The conference theme was "Libraries as Knowledge Builders". They were joined by their Longwood faculty, Dr. Audrey Church, Ms. Frances Reeve, and Mrs. Karla Collins who also participated in a book cart drill team competition with colleagues from ODU and VCU.
In her presentation Jennifer LaGarde spoke of using computers and video cams to have "Mystery Skypes" with various people in areas that are vastly different than her students. Students had to ask the mystery Skyper questions in order to determine what he or she does for a living. I felt very inspired by her presentation because she spoke to the very reason that I want to become a librarian. It’s not just about the books (although I still love them) it’s about the fact that the library can be such a flexible place. The library is about learning and applying knowledge for authentic purposes.
I came away with information overload and excited about the library and library activities. I had the privilege of listening and learning from some of the best and brightest librarians, authors, and leaders in the librarian field. I attended 16 different sessions that provided me with a wealth of information and ideas that I have already started sharing with our staff and students.
The biggest benefit I get from attending the conference is the huge opportunity for me to take a moment and get up-to-date on what is happening now in the world of librarians and reading.
Outside of the sessions, some of the highlights for me were the keynote speakers, the Book Cart Drill teams, the children’s authors, and the president’s reception. Visiting with vendors brought some unexpected surprises. I had a chance to meet Farmer Minor and hug Daisy, the 150 pound pot belly pig. ABDO gave out a beautiful hardcover book to those who stopped by to select one. Authors were present to sign books and I was delighted to get a novel by Kate Klise and have it signed by her!
One session that I attended was given by a librarian that decided to write a biography on an unknown Civil Rights trailblazer who initiated a sit-in years before the Civil Rights Movement. She shared insights into how she got started with her research and provided every attendee with a free copy of her book!
My 21st century technology skills were enhanced by learning how to create Animoto videos. From another session, not only do I have a list of excellent multicultural picture books and chapter books to add to the library collection but a technology tool, Padlet, to engage students in conversation about characters from all over the world.
I found two of the sessions I attended to be particularly helpful. One session was about keeping library services available even when the library is closed due to testing. The second session I found to be extremely interesting was about a little known Virginia pioneer on Civil Rights. His name was Samuel Tucker. He will make a great addition to 7th grade U.S history studies.
I got great practical tips from Jennifer LaGarde who was also our keynote speaker. She emphasized collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. I left her session feeling rejuvenated and ready to work with as many teachers and students as possible. The last day I sat in on three author sessions. It was great to interact with them and get their perspectives on what they do. I look forward to sharing my experiences with the students and hopefully bring one of the authors for a visit in the future. I loved the conference and look forward to going back next year!
Jessica M. Heising
Author Sarah Dessen and Jessica Heising
I spent one session learning writing techniques with Sarah Dessen, the popular Young Adult Lit author. Ms. Dessen shared her writing process, as well as the realities of becoming a writer. She gave those in attendance some useful ideas in how to help our students develop their writing talents.
There were quite a few things that I took away from the conference. One that surprised me the most was that authors are extremely down to earth. I had the pleasure to interact with four different authors during the conference. They were: Sarah Dessen, Gigi Ameteau, Meg Medina and Bentley Boyd. The other thing I took from the conference is the many wonderful things that are being done throughout the state! I look forward to attending the conference again next year. I will be done with my degree, so hopefully, it will be as a practicing librarian!
It was really nice to talk with librarians about the ideas they have for making the library a better place. It is one thing learning best practices in class but it is very nice to see best practices in action. The first timer’s breakfast was a great way to start my day and I really enjoyed the author banquet with Sarah Dessen. I will definitely go again next year even if it’s not a class requirement. It is a great way to connect with other librarians and get new ideas!
I learned so much useful and applicable information that I could not only take back to my school and classroom, but also that I could incorporate as a librarian in the future. I attended sessions geared towards new librarians with great tips and advice, the first timers breakfast where I got to meet other new attendees, the entertaining book cart team drill with the professors from Longwood performing, and an author luncheon with Kate Kliss. By attending the VAASL conference I not only gained relevant information and tools, but also a great group of colleagues that I look forward to working with and seeing again next year at the conference.
This was my first library conference and I’m hooked! Almost every single session I attended I was able to leave with something I could use. Not only could I use it in the library, it could be used in my classroom. Listening to author Ann Westrick share with the teachers of Carver Middle School made me realize I’d love to be a Middle School Librarian!
The second session I attended was about bullying. Meg Medina, a local author, wrote a book that even has humor in its title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. This book would be great for all of our students, but especially for our Hispanic girls. I would love to get copies of this book and have a book club with some of my former mentees, many of whom are Hispanic. The book addresses issues that are real to them, and it encourages the importance of education in learning how to deal with conflicts. I know Mrs. Medina would also come speak to the group about her book and being raised by a single Hispanic woman.
Mary L. Sutterluety
My favorite session was Audrey Church’s Top 10 Topics and Trends presentation. I found that her recommendations for the Nonfiction/Informational Text will prove to be invaluable in my school. I also plan on joining one or two professional communities that Audrey advertised, specifically Connected Educators and EdWeb.
As a student in the Graduate Studies Program at Longwood University, I continually learn how to advance in my career. I attended many sessions, one of which was Dr. Audrey Church "Top Ten Trends of 2013." This session had a wonderful handout as well as explanations about each of the ten trends and at least three examples for each.
A session titled "Read, Write, Recommend: Blogging as a 'Novel' Tool to Engage Student Readers" really sparked my enthusiasm and got me thinking about all the ways I could use it in our school library. In this session we learned about three programs that could be used for safe and secure online blogging with the students. Edublogs.org… allows students a place where they can submit their work for review and critique by others, express their opinions, think critically, reflect on their learning, and collaborate with others, both in and out of our school.
This year’s VAASL Conference was a great opportunity to acquaint myself with the library world outside of my school library. I enjoyed networking with other librarians from within my school system in a setting other than the usual work day. I also had the opportunity to make new friends in the library world. The atmosphere was professional but very relaxed and there was so much to see and learn. I really liked how the presenters of the sessions I attended were either professors or other school librarians.
I enjoyed Jennifer LaGarde's presentation on "How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse". The information she presented was inspiring and captivating just like our libraries should be.
This was my first opportunity to attend a VAASL Conference and I enjoyed every minute. The session I most enjoyed and found the most beneficial to my current subject area was "2013 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning." Thank you for a well thought out weekend. It was convenient to have so many options to choose from. In conjunction with my colleague, we were able to plan and decide who attended what session so that we could get as much information as possible to share. We are already making plans to attend the 2014 conference next year!
Hot Springs, VA: November 7-9, 2013
Joanne Paek: Received an Award
I was privileged to be recognized and receive the Virginia Counselors Association Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship award and was honored to receive this award not only on behalf of myself, but also as a representative of Longwood University.
The conference was wonderful. It was an excellent opportunity to spend time with my classmates and professors outside of the classroom, and also meet many other professionals in the counseling field. I attended some very informative sessions, and especially enjoyed and appreciated the presentation highlighting how to approach a counseling scenario from multiple theoretical orientations. I would highly encourage all students in the Counselor Education program to consider attending the conference next year. It was definitely an experience not to be missed.
Going to the VCA conference helped me determine that I would like to be a Career Development Counselor after obtaining my Master’s degree. During one of the sessions on career development, I was able to meet many career development counselors. At the VCA conference I gained connections and information from working professionals in the field of career development. Gaining these connections will help me further my knowledge about the field of counseling I am going to pursue and give me internship options when the time comes.
The presenters of the breakout sessions were impressive, and offered a wide array of topics, from understanding psychiatric medications to working with college students who have experienced trauma. Perhaps the most exciting part of the convention, however, was having the opportunity to interact one-on-one with so many talented and experienced members of the counseling field. I feel that this experience provided me with information I can use immediately to help my clients, and also helped me make meaningful connections with other counselors I may be fortunate enough to work with in the future.
I was able to listen to Trevor Romain’s journey to the professional world of school counseling through his personal stories and experiences. To add to this experience, Trevor Romain posed in a picture with Longwood students! This was truly a remarkable experience that I will cherish, and I am glad that I shared this experience with fellow classmates. In addition, I would like to thank professors Dr. Kevin Doyle and Dr. Phyllis Jones for hosting a Counselor Education Program Reception for Longwood students, faculty, and alumni. Not only was an opportunity to promote Longwood’s counseling program and get our name out there, but it also allowed us the opportunity to re-connect with classmates and alumni. As a result of attending the conference, I was given insight to the benefits of switching from the Community and College Counseling track to the Mental Health Counseling track to obtain LPC licensure. This experience truly impacted my decisions as they relate to my educational and career goals.
Chelsea Carroll, VCA President Dr. Edward Magalhaes, and Ashlie Robertson
My favorite part of the whole conference was our plethora of break-out sessions. I, upon agreeing to go to the conference, was a little unsure as to what I wanted to do in regards to counseling. After going to these break-out sessions, I have finalized my path and believe that I have begun building my skill set and getting a head start on this process. After our first full day of sessions, we had a "get to know you" session where we went from hotel suite to hotel suite and met with members of specific organizations within the VCA, such as the Roanoke Counselors Association and the Virginia Association of School Counselors. It was fun to socialize with other counselors and get to know them not only professionally, but personally. The night ended with a meet-up in the President’s suite, where we got to know several other graduate students and the President himself.
I was able to attend Trevor Romain’s talk, "The Art of Caring", he spoke about several things including: speaking to kids in their own language, how to listen to what children are asking for, using humor, helping kids reach adults and helping adults reach kids, teaching children compassion, and reminding you to take care of yourself. The venue was beautiful and the company superb. We had a wonderful 1st annual Longwood Reception and enjoyed food, drink and shared experiences.
Laura Hamlette: Presented with Dr. Doyle
It was really nice meeting Longwood alumni prospering in our field. The theme for the conference this year was "Refresh, Renew, and Revitalize Your Professional Repertoire." I feel that this is exactly what was happening! I met a lot of people who were so excited to see so many new faces entering the counseling field. Some, including Dr. Edward Magalhaes, the VCA President, were most impressed by the strong showing of Longwood students and how excited we are about our program and our school. I feel very privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to present with Dr. Kevin Doyle on Collegiate Recovery Communities. Our presentation was well attended with a high level of participation. It was very exciting and inspiring for me.
Williamsburg, VA: October 25-26, 2013
The 2013 VATE conference in Williamsburg was one of the most delightful educational experiences of my graduate career. It took me out of the classroom and exposed me to real world problems that English teachers in Virginia face, and it gave me the opportunity to listen in on how these problems were being addressed. The conference provided workshops that covered topics such as teaching strategies, literary genres, writing instruction, and many others. For me, the most beneficial workshops that I attended revolved around teaching strategies that help to engage students and make the content more real and exciting for them.