COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 143
October 9, 1998

INTERPRETIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Observation Opportunities Available from the Improving Special Education Experiences (ISEE) Project

 
  I am pleased to inform you of an opportunity for school
  personnel to strengthen special education service
  delivery by visiting one of seven demonstration schools. 
  This opportunity is being offered through the Improving
  Special Education Experiences (ISEE) project, an
  interagency initiative of the Virginia Board for People
  with Disabilities (VBPD) and the Virginia Institute for
  Developmental Disabilities (VIDD) at Virginia
  Commonwealth University, in collaboration with the
  Virginia Department of Education.  This initiative seeks
  to improve the experiences of students, parents, and
  school personnel related to the delivery of special
  education services.

  One of the activities of the ISEE Project is to support
  several demonstration sites.  During the past two school
  years, more than 100 school teams have visited one of the
  ISEE demonstration sites.  During the 1998-99 school
  year, additional school teams are invited to visit these
  ISEE demonstration schools to learn about their delivery
  of special education services, to interact with their
  staffs, and to use these sites as resources for improving
  special education service delivery.  Visiting school
  teams are offered a stipend of $250 to assist with the
  cost of such visits.   

  The attached flyer outlines information about these
  demonstration opportunities and how schools can
  participate and obtain stipends.  Please pass this
  information along to your schools.  If you need
  additional information, contact Melanie Sterling, ISEE
  Project Director, Virginia Institute for Developmental
  Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University, at (804)
  827-0197.

  PDS:kts

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its
               attachment will be sent to the
               superintendent office.