The VCCS Office of Professional Development and New Horizons Program Committee are excited to announce the 2015 keynote speakers:

Opening Session Plenary Keynote: April 1, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Jill Biden Bio image

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator, a proud Blue Star mom, and an active member of her community. As Second Lady, Dr. Biden works to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families, to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future, and to raise awareness around areas of particular importance to women, including breast cancer prevention, all while continuing to teach English full-time at a community college in Virginia.

Teaching and Learning Plenary Keynote: April 2­­­­, 2:30 – 4:00 PM

Dr. Ken Bain bio image

Dr. Ken Bain is one of the best-known scholars of teaching and learning in the United States. A well-accomplished historian, he earned his reputation with the 2004 publication of What the Best College Teachers Do, the second fastest selling book in the history of Harvard University Press and one of the top five best-selling college education books in the last 20 years. He was the founding director of four major teaching centers and is currently president of the Best Teachers Institute. For his lifetime contribution to both historical studies and educational research, he was recently awarded the prestigious Doctor “Honoris Causa” degree from the University of Valencia in Spain.