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10th Annual Commonwealth of VA CSA Conference


Virtual Learning Strategies for K12 Educators DATE MOVED TO SEPT 2021 (TBA)

Good teaching can happen in any course modality, but moving to an online environment requires intentional planning to achieve the same learning outcomes as in a face-to-face course. This series is based in research-based best practices. Participants will gain experience in online teaching and course design strategies and will receive a Digital Badge in Online Learning Strategies.

This cohort style engagement will consist of workshops addressing:
•           Syllabus Creation
•           Lesson Planning
•           Principles of Assessment
•           Universal Design for Learning
•           Providing Meaningful Feedback
•           Building an Online Community
•           Reflective Practice

This program is being presented by Dr. Aaron Bond. Dr. Bond has worked in the field of instructional technology, distance education, and professional development for more than 20 years.  He has served as a corporate trainer, face-to-face classroom instructor, an online instructor, and as a secondary principal. Currently he serves as the Senior Director for Learning Services in Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies at Virginia Tech where he oversees faculty professional development, learning technologies, and instructional design.

He has an earned B.A. in History from Mary Baldwin College, a M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies from Fort Hayes State University, an Ed. S. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Virginia, and a Ph. D. from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction.

His research includes authentic learning experiences, communities of practice, socio-cognitive factors on learning, and distance learning.  He is the co-author of the book “Building Virtual Communities of Practice for Distance Educators”.

This class will be offered in September 2021. Please check back for more information.

Please contact Liz Fillman at if you have any questions.

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition        DATE MOVED TO SEPT 2021 (TBA)

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA) is often an overlooked option for today’s entrepreneurs.  ETA can serve as a meaningful way to leverage your entrepreneurial spirit and capacity.  This workshop will highlight the entrepreneurial aims and outcomes associated with ETA, how to get started, target firms/companies, and entrepreneurial financing options.  Upon completion, participants will have a beginning understanding of:

  • What is ETA?
  • Considerations when getting started
  • Target firm features
  • Submitting an offer
  • Negotiating with business owners
  • Financing ETA
  • Performing due diligence
  • Working with, through, and around business brokers
  • Thinking about the first year

This program is being presented by Dr. Richard Hunt. Dr. Richard Hunt currently serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies in Management in the Department of Management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and serves as Director of Research for the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs at VT.  His teaching interests include strategic management, entrepreneurship, innovation, international business, entrepreneurial finance, and executive education.

He is also an accomplished businessman and scholar. He worked as the President and Owner of Risk Removal, Inc., the Vice President of Strategy at StarBand Communications and Director of Planning and Analysis for Pfizer, Inc. before embarking on his higher education career at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado – Boulder, Hunt earned his Ph.D. there.  He also holds an MBA from Stanford University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University and a B.A. from Rice University.

To register for this workshop please visit the website at The cost for this program is $79. This progam has been moved to September 2021 with exact date to be announced soon.

Please contact Liz Fillman at if you have any questions.

Women Impact Virginia

The Women Impact Virginia Series will aim to advance women leaders in Virginia. Each session will promote connections, engagement and empowerment of women who feel a desire to impact their community, region, state, nation and world. Themes during 2021 will highlight women impacting Healthcare, Hospitality and Tourism, Non-profit sectors and the Entrepreneurial Mindset. Whether you’re currently working in these sectors, want to gain knowledge to shift careers, or are interested in hearing about the work taking place across Virginia, this series is for you.

Each session is free to women across the Commonwealth and will include keynote speakers, networking and a panel discussion diving deep into industry best practices and tools for success.Attendees should expect to learn about ways their leadership impacts the larger collective, effective communication strategies, how to better address work/life balance, the changing landscape and transferable skills that help pivot to face any challenge.

2021 Sessions:
January 27, 2021 Healthcare
May 26, 2021 Hospitality & Tourism
August 25, 2021 Non-Profit Organzations
November 17, 2021 Entrepreneurial Mindset

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and the link for participant registration, please visit the website at