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The Annual Rowland Conference

Annual Conference 2011 at UVM

The Rowland Foundation hosts the largest one-day educational conference in Vermont each fall at the University of Vermont. The Annual Rowland Conference is intended for educators, students, and community members interested in improving the culture and climate of schools.

The Annual Rowland Conference keynote speakers are nationally recognized thought leaders whose remarks establish the conference theme for the day. The Rowland Conference workshop sessions are led by practitioners who build on the conference theme and offer concrete strategies for educators, students, and community members who want to make a difference in their schools.

The Annual Rowland Conference offers a discount for early-bird registration in the spring. Schools are encouraged to attend as eight-member school teams, which typically include the principal/head of school, teachers, curriculum leaders, counselors, school board members, and/or support staff. Once they have registered one or more teams of eight, schools are able to add up to three students (per team) for a nominal fee. The Superintendent can be added to any registered school team of eight free of charge.


Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Rowland Conference at UVM's Davis Center on October 26, 2023.

Register here and save by bringing your school team of eight to the conference. For more information, check out the full conference program here and our accessibility statement here.

Rowland Foundation Annual Conference Speaker Ross Gay

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Ruha Benjamin

Schools as Laboratories for Social Change
Regenerating Empathy at the Heart of Education

Keynote Speaker: Ruha Benjamin (website)

Introductory Remarks, Chuck Scranton Remarks by Rebecca Holcombe Keynote Address

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Jonathan Kozol

Equity And Excellence
Closing The Achievement Gap In Vermont Schools

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Kozol (website)

Keynote Address Opening Remarks, Chuck Scranton Remarks by Rebecca Holcombe

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Learning Without Boundaries: Creativity, Global Savvy and Social Responsibility

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Developing Character: Student Achievement and Socio-Emotional Learning
Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth

Angela's Keynote Address  

The winners of the "My School Builds Character" video contest:

Green Mountain Union HS Cabot - Killing Goblins Together BBA - Cali Wadsworth RTCC

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Annual Conference of High School Transformation

  Tony Wagner's September 27th Keynote Address    More Information On Tony Wagner  

Tony WagnerTony Wagner has recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard's Entrepreneurship Center. He consults widely with schools across the country and internationally. He has been a high school teacher, a principal, a university professor in teacher education and the founding Executive Director of Educators for Social Responsibility and Harvard's Change Leadership Group.

Tony Wagner is the author of countless articles and five critically acclaimed books.

Tony Wagner Books

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