VLF Conference


Hospitality House and Conference Center, Fredericksburg

This fall, the VLF (Virginia Literacy Foundation) and VAACE (Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education) are partnering to offer a joint conference in Fredericksburg, VA on November 1-2, 2017.

This exciting joint venture, whose theme is Collective Impact, provides administrators and educators with the opportunity to attend more workshops, meet colleagues from all over the state with a wider background, and see more vendors. Workshops for CBLO (Community-based literacy organization) staff and administrators will be offered, alongside workshops for public programs.

VAACE/VLF Schedule: Click on the link

Dr. Christopher Coro

Dr. Christopher Coro, U.S. Department of Education

2017 Conference Keynote: Dr. Christopher Coro

Dr. Coro is an Education Program Specialist at the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE). He is currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Division of Adult Education and Literacy. Among his duties, Dr. Coro oversees the implementation of various research and technical assistance activities for OCTAE’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy. He has also been involved in the development of regulatory and non-regulatory guidance to support implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

For more information on Dr. Coro, go to www.vaace.org.

Conference Registration Form:

Early bird registrations end October 15th. If mailing in your registration (done via VAACE), make sure that the postmark shows this date.

To download registrations forms: Be sure to enable editing: 2017 Conference Registration Form Final

  1. Complete the attached fillable registration form and email it to Betsy Mathias at bcmathias@aol.com, OR
  2. Print, fill out, and mail the form to Betsy Mathias (address on registration form), OR
  3. Register on MemberPlanet (click link). Non-VAACE members will need to set up an account on MemberPlanet before registering.

Payment Options:

  1. Mail a check directly to Betsy Mathias with your registration, OR
  2. Request an invoice from Betsy by emailing her at bcmathias@aol.com, OR
  3. Pay directly via credit card on MemberPlanet.

Reimbursements: The information sits at the bottom of this post. Only nonprofit literacy program staff are eligible for partial reimbursement for attending the conference.

Hotel Reservations:

Hotel reservations:Hospitality House, Fredericksburg: https://reservations.travelclick.com/15003?groupID=1792808.

The cut-off date for making reservations at the conference rate of $91 per room is October 15. If you are calling the hotel, ask for the “VA Assn for Adult & Continuing Educ” block of rooms.

Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Convention Center is situated within minutes of Fredericksburg’s Civil War and colonial sites, shopping, dining, the University of Mary Washington, and more. The hotel offers a fitness center, junior Olympic size pool, two restaurants, convenient and walk-able shopping and dining in Central Park, and high speed internet connection.

Reimbursements for nonprofit staff:

The first 50 nonprofit literacy program staff who register for the joint conference may apply for VLF for conference reimbursements, so submit proof of date of registration at the end of the conference. Forms for reimbursement will be available at the conference. Only one reimbursement is made per nonprofit program for ALL staff and instructors attending the conference. Submit proof of date of registration. VAACE cancellation policy is October 15, 2017.

Please note: The $30.00 VAACE membership fee will NOT be reimbursed. VAACE membership, however, also provides free COABE membership for the year.

Average early bird cost for the participant will be: $60 registration, free double occupancy hotel room for one night, and free awards luncheon meal on Wednesday. Costs incurred include travel, VAACE/COABE membership, and other meal costs.

As information about the conference comes in, we will keep this site updated. Contact Victoire Sanborn at vjsanbor@vcu.edu if you have questions.

The VLF Conference (first known as the VLLC Conference) was first held in Richmond in 2009, and each year has been scheduled for the end of February or early March. In 2017, the VLF held its first joint conference with VAACE (Virginia Association of Adult and Continuing Education) in Fredericksburg, VA.

For questions about the VLF Conference, contact vjsanbor@vcu.edu

VLF Liaison
Victoire Sanborn, Literacy Specialist
Email: vjsanbor@vcu.edu
Send conference checks/or check on reimbursements:
Rita Layne
c/o Virginia Literacy Foundation
413 Stuart Circle, Ste 303
Richmond, VA 23220