The Virginia School-University Partnership
The Virginia School Consortium for Learning


Thursday, November 16, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Emmet Street Holiday Inn
Charlottesville, VA

General Information

The VSUP/VaSCL Student Leadership Conference is provided each year as a benefit of membership in The Virginia School-University Partnership.  The conference is free to participants from VSUP/VaSCL member high schools.

This year’s VSUP/VaSCL Student Leadership Conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at The Holiday Inn (1901 Emmet Street) in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Teams of High School Students from Grades 9 – 12 and Faculty Advisors.

Conference Description

The theme of the 2017 Student Leadership Conference is “Living Local, Going Global,” and VSUP/VaSCL is pleased to be partnering with EF Education First for the event. 

This year’s Student Leadership Conference will continue the work of exploring the VDOE “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” that began at last year’s event.  This year, the focus will be narrowed to the “Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility” strand of the Profile, with a particular emphasis on becoming a Global Citizen.

The goal of the conference is to inspire participants to make connections with and develop empathy for other people whose lives and experiences are different from their own.  The hope is that participating in the conference will enhance students’ respect for the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures in their own communities as well as in the rest of the world. By encouraging participants to see the importance of becoming more engaged in the world around them and demonstrating their respect for others through their words and actions, the conference will help students become better leaders of their schools and communities.

Click Here for a Complete Report on the 2016 Student Leadership Conference.

General Opening Session

The Student Leadership Conference will begin with a ninety-minute General Opening Session for all of the more than 300 student participants and their Faculty Advisors. Several different speakers will give short presentations, and there will also be videos and a variety of reflective activities which will focus on developing community engagement and civic responsibility. The goal of the Opening Session is to make students feel empowered to become more involved in their local communities and inspired to become Global Citizens who can make a difference in the world.

Small Group Session

After the General Session, all students will be assigned to small groups of approximately 25 students from different high schools to discuss topics and engage in activities related to exploring the challenges and rewards of Global Citizenship.  These small group sessions will be led by seniors who have volunteered to take on this role and who have participated in a training session for their role as facilitators before the conference.  These Senior Facilitators will be paired with Adult Facilitators from EF Education First, who have helped lead sessions at the International Global Leadership Summit which EF sponsors each year for high school students.

Click Here for Information on the EF International Global Leadership Summit

These small group sessions will give all participants the chance to learn more about each other as well as learn more about the over forty different high schools from across the state of Virginia which will be represented at the conference. The hope is that these small group sessions will help students grow as leaders by giving them the opportunity to share their experiences and collaborate with other students in coming up with creative approaches to problems faced by their schools, communities, and the world.

Share Fair Assembly

During the conference, there will be a sixty minute large-group Share Fair Assembly during which the schools which have been chosen to do so will make a formal presentation about some program, activity, or event at their school that they are particularly proud of and that they feel students from other high schools would like to learn more about. 

In keeping with this year’s theme of “Living Local, Going Global,” we are asking that Share Fair Presentations focus on something that has been particularly successful in helping students make connections with and develop a greater respect for other individuals, groups, and cultures.  In thinking about what you school might like to share, please consider:  What has had the greatest impact on your students’ awareness of the importance of diversity?  What has increased their ability to relate to people whose lives have been very different from their own?  What does your school do to promote cultural empathy and awareness?

One goal of this Share Fair is to give students the chance to develop and demonstrate their personal skills as leaders by planning and delivering a five minute presentation for an audience of approximately 200 participants.  The other goal of the Share Fair is to allow schools to share “success stories” about programs, activities, and events that are working well in their schools, so that all participants have the opportunity to learn from their peers about ideas which might help them to address issues that they are dealing with in their schools and communities.

Important Information for Faculty Advisors


As a benefit of membership in VSUP/VaSCL, there is NO CHARGE for participation in the Student Leadership Conference.

However, registered high schools are required to give NOTICE of CANCELLATION by Thursday, November 9, 2017, if they are not able to attend.

Registered high schools which do NOT give notice of cancellation at least one week in advance will be charged $200.

Teams of three to five students (grades 9-12) and a Faculty Advisor from each VSUP member high school can be registered using the online registration form.

Please NOTE: Schools which choose to take on the extra responsibility of preparing a proposal for a five minute presentation during the Share Fair Assembly at the conference will be given the option of registering TWO additional student participants who will be in charge of the presentation (for a total of up to SEVEN students on their SLC team).

The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Friday, October 13, 2017.

After the October 13 deadline for registering teams of participants, if any of the 400 available spaces for participants are not filled, Faculty Advisors from participating high schools will be notified that we will be able to accommodate a few more students at the conference. Additional registrations from students wishing to serve as Senior Facilitators will be given first priority.

Conference Coordinator

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