Principals' Memo #1002-09

Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education
January 21, 2009
TO: Principals
FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Special Education Workshops for Middle and High School Administrators and Lead Teachers of Special Education

The educational achievement of students with disabilities continues to be a major concern among educators. Recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which go into effect this month, will significantly expand the eligibility of students under §504. Specifically, students with disabilities can receive related services under §504 even if they are not provided any special education, making the amendments particularly critical for general education leaders.

To assist administrators throughout the Commonwealth in understanding and implementing these new requirements, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership, and the Virginia Department of Education are sponsoring a series of Special Education Workshops tailored specifically for middle and high school administrators and lead special education teachers on separate dates.

The morning session will discuss connections between the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and §504. The sessions will present significant litigation developments under §504 that affect students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) under the IDEA. The afternoon session will focus on two exciting educational models:

The workshop for high school administrators and lead teachers will be on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. The workshop for middle school administrators and lead teachers is scheduled for Thursday, February 5, 2009. Both workshops will be held at the Holiday Inn Koger Center in Richmond, Virginia, and the registration deadline is January 27, 2009. Participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations. For overnight accommodations, please call the Holiday Inn Koger Center at (804) 379-3800 and state that you are attending a VASSP Special Education Workshop to receive the special conference rate of $89 (+13% tax).

Additional information and a workshop registration form are available as an attachment to this memorandum. Please direct any questions to Dr. Randy Barrack, executive director, Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, at rbarrack@vassp.org or (804) 355-2777.

LMW/oml

Attachment

a. Middle and High School Administrators – Lead Special Education Teachers Workshops (information & registration form) (PDF)