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The Virginia Middle School Association is an alliance of schools and individuals advocating academic excellence in a supportive and equitable learning environment responsive to the diverse interest, talents, accomplishments and needs of young adolescents.


We are excited to again bring middle-level educators together at the 2023 VMSA Annual Conference, which will be held on March 30th, 2023 at the Festival Center on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Ann McCarty-Perez, a passionate educator with over 25 years of experience working in schools to improve processes and outcomes.

Don't forget about our breakout sessions! There are no better experts in the field than middle-level educators, so we are calling on YOU to share your expertise! Share your knowledge with colleagues from around the commonwealth and learn from them in the process!




*Submit your session proposals here.*

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Dr. Ann McCarty Perez is a passionate educator with over 25 years of experience working in schools to improve processes and outcomes.  She has been a middle school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and central office administrator for curriculum, instruction, and assessment.  She is well versed in state and federal programming and data driven decision making.  In her various roles she has implemented curriculum reviews and writing activities, program and process reviews, MTSS and responsive instruction, student behavior modification plans and PBIS, coordinated projects to reduce truancy, increased student achievement and closed gaps, provided services for at-risk students, and collaborated with parents to create school community.  Her experience includes a variety of settings to include urban, sub-urban, and rural schools.

As a presenter and facilitator, Dr. McCarty Perez has helped school leaders with vision and mission, master scheduling, equity and courageous leadership, implementation of MTSS, and Professional Learning Communities to increase teacher capacity and improve instructional outcomes.  As a school and district leader, she has demonstrated results of closing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for all students through continuous improvement efforts and strategic planning.  Dr. McCarty Perez has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University where she worked with aspiring school leaders on supervision of instruction.  Most recently, she authored the book The Successful Middle School Schedule.


If you have non-billing related questions or inquiries regarding our annual conference, please email Katie Johnson (

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