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Welcome! The Virginia Cyber Range is hosting the 1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA on August 14-15, 2018. This conference is open to all Virginia high school, college, and university faculty, administrators, and partners. Stay up to date on the conference:  Sign up for our newsletter!

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Attendees and Sponsors: Registration is CLOSED. NOTE: Regrets...We are at MAX CAPACITY; NO on-site registrations will be accepted. 
Registration fees (includes CEU certificate, lunch (Day 1), and breakfast & lunch (Day 2)):
     - VA Educator/State/Federal Government Employee: $50
     - Student: $25
     - Industry/Others: $150
     - Sponsors: Three levels available during registration; see below under Sponsorship Opportunities to review.

Conference Objectives
At the end of the conference, attendees will:
  • Understand the challenges facing educators (K12 through university level) in cybersecurity education
  • Learn innovative and effective ways to teach cybersecurity to students using hands-on learning
  • Learn about various state and national cybersecurity educational resources available to educators
  • Understand the history and services provided by the Virginia Cyber Range
  • Understand the hiring needs and skills required to prepare students to successfully enter the cybersecurity workforce
  • Discover ways to get underrepresented student populations excited about and involved in cybersecurity
  • Examine the dangers associated with social media and technology use and how to effectively teach students to safely operate in cyber

Earning Continuing Education Units (CEU)
All attendees are eligible to earn CEUs for attending the conference, but they must sign in each day at the designated CEU table located near registration.

Sponsorship Opportunities: There are many exciting opportunities for your company or organization to be involved with this conference. There are three sponsor packages (Dean’s List and Honor Roll no longer available. Logos received after 7/24 will not be included in printed materials.) from which to choose. Go to our registration site, create an account and sign in to become a sponsor >> here.

There are four tracks for this year’s conference:
  • Cyber Educational Resources
  • Cyber for K12
  • Cyber Workforce
  • Hot Topics
Check out the Schedule tab below for an initial draft of the conference structure.

Questions? Please send an email to conference@virginiacyberrange.org.
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Tuesday, August 14 • 1:00pm - 3:45pm
Letting Off STEAM in K-12 Cybersecurity

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The importance of incorporating cybersecurity education in K-12 to develop and strengthen the pipeline of students who pursue a cybersecurity major in college as well as to raise the cyber awareness of all students cannot be overstated. The Pathways in Cybersecurity project at Radford University (PICSAR) is an NSA funded effort to enhance cybersecurity education through the expansion of graduate cybersecurity educational opportunities for K-12 teachers and the development of integrated cybersecurity STEAM lesson plans at all grade levels K through 12.  The PICSAR project involves a coordinated team of higher education faculty, K-12 consultants, and 18 teachers from all grade levels of the Radford City Public Schools.

Workshop participants will work directly with PICSAR project faculty and staff in order to:
•       hear from K-12 faculty about their experiences learning cybersecurity and developing age appropriate lesson plans
•       review some of the lesson plans that have already been created
•       review and critique the PICSAR lesson plan template
•       examine and critique the vertical integration plan for cybersecurity topics
•       work with PICSAR project faculty and staff to brainstorm ideas and develop additional lesson plans
•       hear from PICSAR project staff about mapping cybersecurity curriculum to frameworks such as NIST (https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework)
•       examine other available frameworks and resources for introducing cybersecurity topics to K-12 students

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Joe Chase

Professor, Department of Information Technology, Radford University
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Ellen Denny

Executive Director of Instruction, Radford City Public Schools
Ellen Denny is the Executive Director of Instruction and Curriculum for Radford City Public Schools where she leads teacher recruitment and professional development, manages a number of grants, and coordinates community/school resources and partnerships for instructional advancement... Read More →
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Blenna Patterson

Instructional Technology and STEM specialist, Radford City Public Schools
Blenna Patterson is a Educational Technology and S.T.E.M. specialist for Radford City Public Schools.  She has over 30 years of classroom teaching experience in first grade, K-3 special education and fourth grade.  She brings a passion for creating authentic experiences for students... Read More →
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Prem Uppuluri

Professor, Computer Science Director Center for Information Security @ Radford University, Radford University

Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
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