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MSCI 2022 

Theme: Rekindling the Spark: Creating a Community of Care for Educators and Students
Keynote Speakers:  Gerry Brooks, Carol Radford, and Kelsey Myers
Wednesday Guest Speaker: Tim Reynolds
Date: June 20-22, 2022

Gerry Brooks   Carol Radford Kelsey Myers Tim Reynolds

MSCI 2021 Online

Theme: Students as Global Citizens in an Interconnected WorldKeynote Speakers:  Dana Mortenson and Patti TalbotWednesday Guest Speaker: Anthony Swann, Virginia Teacher of the YearDate: June 21-23, 2021

Dana Mortenson Patti Talbot

MSCI 2020 Online

Theme: MSCI 2020: Twenty Years of Twenty-First Century Teaching and Learning
Keynote Speakers: John Almarode and Donalyn Miller
Date: June 22-24, 2020

John Almarode Donalyn Miller
John Almarode Donalyn Miller

MSCI 2019

Theme: 21st Century Skills: Deeper Reading, Deeper Thinking, Deeper Learning
Keynote Speakers: Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
Award Recipient: Diane Washenberger, Director of Instruction, Salem City Schools; lifelong educator
Luncheon Speaker: Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of books including Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
Date: June 17-19, 2019

Kelly Gallagher Penny Kittle Marc T. Nobleman
Kelly Gallagher Penny Kittle Marc Tyler Nobleman

MSCI 2018

Theme:  21st Century Skills: Nurturing Writers Across the Grades
Keynote Speakers:  Kwame Alexander, Ruth Culham, Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Award Recipient:  Dr. N. L. Bishop, President, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Luncheon Speakers:  Michael Abraham, Author, Adventurer, Businessman and Leslie Roberts Gregg, Owner -  Phoenix Nest Studios, Blacksburg, VA
Date:  June 25-27, 2018

Kwame Alexander Ruth Culham Marcie Flinchum Atkins Abraham&Roberts
Kwame Alexander Ruth Culham Marcie Flinchum Atkins Michael Abraham & Leslie Roberts Gregg

MSCI 2017

Theme:  21st Century Skills: Inspiring Creativity in the Classroom
Keynote Speakers:  Dave Burgess, George Couros
Award Recipient:  Peter Lewis, founder of Apple Ridge Farm, an educational retreat center for less fortunate children
Luncheon Speaker:  Natalie DiFusco-Funk, 2016 Virginia Teacher of the Year, and fifth-grade classroom teacher with City of Salem Schools
Date:  June 19-21, 2017

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Dave Burgess George Couros Natalie DiFusco-Funk

MSCI 2016

Theme: Developing Lifelong Readers and Learners
Keynote Speakers: Donalyn Miller and Steven Lane, Ph.D.
Award Recipient: Nancy Ruth Patterson, children's author and former high school teacher
Luncheon Speaker: Dr. Joan Kindig, associate professor, reading education, at James Madison University
Date: June 20-22, 2016

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Donalyn Miller  Steven Layne, Ph.D. Joan Kindig, Ph.D.

MSCI 2015

Theme:  Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
Keynote Speakers:  John Almarode, Ph.D., and Eric Jensen, Ph.D.
Award Recipient:  Dr. Timothy Reynolds, former professor of education, Roanoke College
Luncheon Speaker:  Philip Bigler, 1998 Teacher of the Year
Date:  June 22-24, 2015 

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John Almarode, Ph.D.

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Eric Jensen, Ph.D.

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Philip Bigler 

MSCI 2014

Theme:  Putting the Pieces Together: Revealing Student Growth and Instructional Excellence 
Keynote Speakers:   Dr. Anthony Frontier, director of teacher education program at Cardinal Stritch University, and Dr. Raymond Jones, master trainer for Project CRISS- Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies, and developer of webmaster for, a teaching resource website
Award Recipient and Luncheon Speaker:  Ms. Isabel Castillo, a co-founder of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance
Date: June 23-25, 2014

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Anthony Frontier, Ph.D.    Raymond Jones, Ph.D.         Isabel Castilo  


MSCI 2013

Theme:  Engaging the Net Generation as Learners: Using Technology to Enhance Student Learning
Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Ronald A. Berk, professor emeritus, Biostatistics and Measurement, and former assistant dean for teaching, Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Greg Sherman, director of instructional technology program, Radford University
Award Recipient:  Doris Ennis, Roanoke Valley lifelong educator
Luncheon Speaker:  Dan Brown, author, teaching ambassador fellow, U.S. State Department of Education
Date:  June 17-19, 2013

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 Ronald Berk, Ph.D. Greg Sherman, Ph.D.    Dan Brown


MSCI 2012

Theme:  Understanding by Design: Identifying Priorities and Targeting Actions to Improve Student Learning
Keynote Speakers:Dr. Kay Brimijoin, associate professor of Education, Sweet Briar College and Dr. Grant Wiggins, speaker, author and international consultant
Award Recipients: 
Dr. and Mrs. George Akers, retired educations from the Roanoke Valley
Luncheon Speaker:
Taylor Mali, author, speaker, and poet
  June 18-20, 2012

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 Kay Brimijoin, Ph.D. Grant Wiggins, Ph.D.    Taylor Mali

MSCI 2011

Theme: Staying the Course: Renewing the Call to Teach
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Nel Nodding, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University
Award Recipient: Dr. Lorraine Lange, Superintendent, Roanoke County Public Schools 
Luncheon Speaker:  Dr. Frank Winstead, worldwide consultant and teacher 

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Nel Nodding, Ph.D.  Frank Winstead, Ph.D.  

MSCI 2010

Theme:  Arts and Standards
Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Philip Yenawine, director, Visual Understanding in Education; Dr. Tom Crockett, Young Audiences, Arts for Learning, Virginia; Dr. Jan Norman, national director of education, research and development, Young Audiences; Katherine Devine, visual artist; Kendall Payne, Roanoke Theatre artist; and Cindy Petersen, Young Audiences, Arts for Learning, Virginia
Award Recipient and Luncheon Speaker:  Miss Ruth Pace, retired music teacher

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 Tom Crockett, Ph.D. Jan Norman, Ph.D.  Philip Yenawine, Ph.D.  

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 Katherine Devine  Ruth Pace Katherine Devine  

MSCI 2009
Theme: The changing Face of Who We Teach
Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Rita Pierson, a consultant on student diversity, Dr. Diane Rodriguez, Associate Professor and English Language Learner Specialist at East Carolina University
Award Recipient and Luncheon Speaker:  Dr. Betts Rivét, professor at Hwa Nan Women's College, Fuzhou, China
Date: June 22-24, 2009

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Rita Pierson, Ph.D    Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D.  Betts Rivét, Ph.D.

MSCI 2008
Theme : The Inclusive Classroom 
Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Richard Lavoie, a consultant on learning disabilities, Mr. Jonathan Mooney, President of Project Eye-To-Eye, and Dr. Marilyn Friend, Professor of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
Award Recipient and Luncheon Speaker:  Dr. Joan Kindig, author and associate professor at James Madison University 
Date : June 23-25, 2008

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Richard Lavoie, Ph.D.    Jonathan Mooney, Ph.D. Marilyn Friend, Ph.D.   Joan Kindig

MSCI 2007
Theme :  Education Leadership 
Keynote Speakers :  Dr. Lorraine Monroe, Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute, New York, and Dr. Richard Sagor, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon 
Award Recipient :  Mr. William Robertson, middle school teacher 
Luncheon Speaker : Ms. Esmé Codell, author and teacher 
Date : June 25-27, 2007

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Lorraine Monroe, Ph.D.   Richard Sagor, Ph.D.    Esmé Codell

MSCI 2006
Theme: Social Justice: A Moral Calling for Teachers
Keynote Speakers: Dr. William Ayers, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dr. Gregory Michie, Illinois State University
Award Recipient: Mr. Ken Woodley, editor of The Farmville Herald
Award Luncheon Speaker: Mr. Jerry Mills, internationally acclaimed educator and singer/songwriter; Date: June 19-21, 2006

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 William Ayers, Ph.D.  Greg Michie, Ph.D. Jerry Mills  

MSCI 2005
Theme:  Concept-Based Curriculum and Differentiated Instruction
Keynote Speakers:  Dr. Lynn Erickson, author and recognized presenter at national conferences in the areas of curriculum design; and Dr. Carol Tomlinson, associate professor of education leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education
Award Recipient:  Dr. David Gring, president emeritus, Roanoke College Luncheon Speaker:  Mr. Guy Doud, bestselling author and the 1986 National Teacher of the Year
Dates:  June 20-22, 2005.                                                                       

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 Lynn Erickson, Ph.D.  Carol Tomlinson, Ph.D. Guy Doud  

MSCI 2004
Theme: "Cooperative Learning in the Classroom"
Keynote Speakers: Dr. David Johnson, University of Minnesota, and  Dr. Roger Johnson, University of Minnesota Luncheon Speaker:  Mr. Wil Clay, children's book illustrator and storyteller
Dates: June 21-23, 2004 

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 David Johnson, Ph.D.  Roger Johnson, Ph.D. Wil Clay 

MSCI 2003
Theme:  Multiple Intelligences and Differentiating Instruction by Learning Profiles
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Howard Gardner, Harvard University and Dr. Kay Brimijoin, Sweetbriar College
Author: Dr. Gregory Michie
Dates: June 23-25, 2003  

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Howard Gardner, Ph.D.    Kay Brimijoin, Ph.D.   Greg Michie

MSCI 2002
Theme: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas: Inquiry-Based Instruction
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Kathleen Short, University of Arizona and Dr. Richard Beach, University of Minnesota
Author: Ms. Lou Kassem
Dates: June 17-19, 2002


MSCI 2001
Theme: Differentiated Instruction and Brain-Based Learning
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Carol Tomlinson, University of Virginia and Dr. M. Layne Kalbfleisch, Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Author: Dr. Nikki Giovanni
Dates: June 18-20, 2001

MSCI 2000
Theme: Engaged Reading
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Donna Alvermann, University of Georgia and Dr. John Guthrie, University of Maryland
Author: Ms. Karen Adams Sulkin
Dates: June 26-28, 2000