VANAS Teachers’ Conference November 18, 2016
Colegio Internacional de Caracas
Connect, Motivate, Innovate.

The Theme

This year's VANAS theme is about getting people connected in our schools, whether it be teacher to student, student to student, or parents to school community.

How can we, as educators, create an environment of connectivity and inclusivity?

The Keynote Speakers

Jack Berckemeyer

A nationally-recognized presenter,author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team.

Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education.

Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness - A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team - How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism - Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen.

Beth Baker

Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., is an independent behavioral consultant and an intervention specialist at Colegio Internacional de Caracas. She was formerly the lead PBIS coach for a school district in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, as well as a special educator for many years, working with students who have emotional behavioral disability (EBD) needs. Beth is the co-author of The PBIS Team Handbook and will be writing the second book soon!

Beth is a sought after presenter in the areas of PBIS and Social-Emotional Learning. She shares her personal experiences from 20 plus years as a teacher, including lessons learned and lessons still learning, honestly with a bit of gentle humor. Her presentations are hands-on and practical – attendees could be implementing new ideas or practices recommended by Beth within a day or so. She considers teaching to be a journey that we never quite complete; always changing and growing. Follow Beth on Twitter at @PBIS_Beth and on Facebook @the PBIS Team Handbook.

The Schedule

(subject to change)

Event Time Location
Breakfast 8:00-8:45 Cantina
Registration 8:00-9:00 Entranceway
Welcome: Mr. Lee McClenny and Keynote: Mr. Jack Berckemeyer 9:00-10:30 Covered Courts
Break 10:30-11:00 Cantina
Session 1 11:00-12:00pm TBD
Lunch 12:00-1:00 Cantina
Second Keynote, Ms. Beth Baker 1:00-1:45 Covered Courts
Session 2 1:55-2:55 TBD
Job Alike Session 3:05-4:00 TBD
Reception 4:00-5:00 Cantina

Job Alike Locations

Job Alike Room
Head of Schools Board Room - Lower Library
Secondary Principals SS Library
Elementary Principals ES Office
Early Years Teachers Room 119
KG Room 118
Grade 1 Room 115
Grade 2 Room 216
Grade 3 Room 217
Grade 4 Room 220
Grade 5 Room 223
Humanities Room 210
English Room 205
Math Room 209
Science Room 303
Modern Languages Room 201
PE/Athletics PE Office
Music SS Music Room
ESOL Room 211
IT/Technology/Design SS Tech. Room
Visual Arts SS Art Room
Counselor Classroom
Library Early Years Library
Counselors SS Counseling Center
Modern Languages Room 201

The Workshops

The Platform

VANAS 2016 is a paperless conference - all presentation materials, information, and announcements will be hosted on Google Drive. The link of the Presentations’ Main folder is here. If you have any questions, please contact

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