Learn Teach Lead Overview

Welcome to Learn Teach Lead! Our goal is to focus on professional development that is grounded in research, focused on best practices, and providing practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom - all presented from a distinctly Christian perspective. As a Cognia accredited school, we are offering five professional development hours, or one CEU (depending on the individual’s certification requirements).

This year's conference is scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to all Christian educators (free of charge). Our theme is School-based Assessment in a Post-Pandemic World.

Registration is now open!


Hear From Past Attendees

I loved the session with Dr. Gareis. His connections between Bloom and ILOs and how to analyze student learning against both using the chart. This is an extremely powerful tool and I will apply what I learned immediately. Assessment is such a big topic, there is so much more to learn!

The presenter offered practical, effective tips that I was able to envision using this year.

The character development tools that we went over were simple and practical, but the session was a great reminder of the small things we can do in every moment that help build positive identity in our students. The "teaching character" mindset in education can be easily lost in the ocean of content that we swim in, but it is such a valuable part of what we do - perhaps the most valuable. The session inspired by example and reminded me to think about my practice through the mindset of character development.

Conference Format

Participants must attend five sessions in order to be awarded a certificate of attendance.

  • Morning refreshments will be offered from 7:40 to 8:00 a.m., followed by a brief welcome.
  • General keynote sessions will then run from 8:15 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
  • The first elective seminar sessions begin at 10:45 a.m., with some sessions being offered at two separate times.
  • Lunch will be provided during the conference.
  • Attendees can pick up their CEU certificate starting at 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Karen M. Alexander, M. Ed., Ph.D. candidate in Educational Psychology, Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, is a graduate research assistant at the Buros Center for Testing. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she spent a combined twenty-eight years in both public and private education as an educator and a school principal. She has taught every grade K – 12, multiple subjects, but primarily math and science courses, and has taught an undergraduate course in statistics for behavioral sciences. Karen has expertise in program evaluation, specifically related to school accreditation, and her research primarily focuses on measuring student, teacher, and school effectiveness.



Opening Keynote Session

Measuring Student Achievement and Growth Using School-Based Assessments

Schools should make use of both external and internal assessments to measure student achievement and growth. Prior to COVID most schools used external assessments such as nationally normed standardized tests and/or state criterion-referenced tests to measure student achievement and growth. External measures of student achievement are important for several reasons: 1) they enable student achievement across schools to be compared, 2) they enable one to accurately measure growth in student achievement over time through scaled scores, and 3) they have been tested for validity and reliability. Because most schools and states were not able to administer either of these external measures of student achievement in 2019 – 2020, there is an understanding that reliance on external measures is not adequate. These recent events have created an opportunity for schools to make use of internal, school-based assessments as an additional way of measuring student achievement and growth. However, to do so, some of the limitations and challenges of school-based assessments need to be addressed. Specifically, the presentation will address the following topics: 1) a framework in which school-based assessments are linked to school objectives/standards (which can be linked to state standards) and to student report cards, 2) historical context for report card grades that has led to their multiple uses, and 3) outline how schools and teachers can address the limitations of school-based assessments so that report cards grades can be appropriate measures of student achievement and growth. The purpose of this presentation is to provide schools and teachers with an appropriate way to measure student achievement and growth every year, regardless of current historical events, to best serve students and their schools, as an addition to typical external assessments.

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Session Descriptions

Conference FAQ

How do I get to campus?

Please visit our Directions page for driving instructions to find your route to campus.

Where can I park?

Once on campus, please follow the driveway up to our main parking lots. Lots labeled B and C are available for visitor parking. Please do not park along the driveway or in any reserved parking areas.

What time should I arrive?

Morning refreshments will be offered from 7:40 to 8:00 a.m., followed by a general welcome session. General sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

Do I need to bring food with me?

No. Light morning refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge.

How can I access presentations from this conference after it ends?

Participants who fill out a post-conference survey will be provided guest access to presentation materials, through the Trinity Christian School website.

Can I access campus WiFi?

Yes. Guest WiFi access will be provided for all non-Trinity attendees.

How can I earn certificates for attending this conference?

Certificates of attendance will be provided for all participants who attend a minimum of five sessions. Attendees will need to sign the attendance roster for each session they attend. Certificates will be available for pick up at the end of the conference.

Does my attendance meet teacher certification requirements?

As a Cognia accredited school, state certified teachers can count professional development hours toward certification renewal requirements. The Virginia Department of Education limits the amount of professional development hours that can be claimed for conference attendance to five. In addition to providing a signed certificate of attendance, Trinity is more than happy to sign renewal documents for teachers needing to submit documentation to the county.

Those desiring to satisfy ACSI certification requirements will need to contact the ACSI certification office to see if participation will count toward renewal requirements. Since TCS is not accredited by ACSI, we are not pre-approved as an ACSI CEU granting institution.

Who can I contact with further questions about this conference?

Questions may be directed to the Conference Director Mrs. Kim Miller, TCS Assistant Head of School, at kmiller@tcsfairfax.org.