« Learning Reimagined in the Middle - Middle School Conference

Register - June 26, Chesterfield

The CONFERENCE PROGRAM is live! Check out what's in store for you!

A conference specifically designed for middle school educators!

All things in the middle, including

  • curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • scheduling
  • behavior and discipline
  • family and community engagement
  • student voice and leadership
  • relationships and engagement
  • leadership
  • vertical articulation
  • bridging elementary and high school


  • Opening Moves and Keynote (Cathleen Beachboard)
  • Concurrent Sessions (two before lunch)
  • Lunch
  • Concurrent Session (one after lunch)
  • Closing Keynote (Leslie Ittner)

Limited to 300 seats, so sign up now!


Our Keynote Speakers

Cathleen Beachboard

Cathleen Beachboard is an award-winning teacher, best-selling author, and leading innovative expert on raising psychological hope in schools. Her Building H.O.P.E.© framework has been used to improve student and staff resilience, well-being, and achievement in thousands of schools nationwide. As a sought-after speaker on well-being, achievement, and motivation, she provides practical tools and strategies for educators and leaders to increase hope in school so every person can thrive.

Leslie Ittner

With a passion for education and a commitment to fostering a supportive learning environment with an emphasis on student activities and leadership, Dr. Leslie Ittner serves as the principal of Plaza Middle School in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Prior to her appointment as principal, she served as an Assistant Principal, Administrative Assistant, and classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels in Virginia Beach. As principal, Dr. Ittner is dedicated to creating an inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and empowered to achieve their full potential.