SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 109
May 17, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition - June 27 - 30, 1999|
We extend a cordial invitation to principals, assistant principals, division superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, supervisors, college personnel, and administrators of nonpublic secondary schools to attend and participate in the annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition. This important conference will be held June 27-30, 1999, at the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia. A pre-conference clinic on school law will be held on Sunday, June 27, 1999, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Participants at the clinic will hear outstanding national and state presenters on topics that address recent court decisions affecting legal and policy issues surrounding student conduct, discipline, the new IDEA regulations, teacher and principal evaluation for assessment, and new enacted General Assembly laws. The annual conference will officially begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 28, 1999, and will feature a full-day Standards of Learning Symposium. Conference participants will have an opportunity to hear Board of Education President Kirk Schroder and Superintendent of Public Instruction Paul Stapleton discuss progress towards implementing the state's Standards of Learning, SOL tests, and accreditation standards. In addition, Jo Lynne DeMary, Cam Harris, and Tom Shortt, assistant superintendents for instruction, assessment, and accountability, respectively, will participate in a moderated question-and-answer session. Immediately following the conference luncheon on Monday, which is included in your registration fee, a group of 60-minute concurrent sessions, to be repeated once, will be led by Department of Education staff. Assisting the DOE staff will be educators from school divisions throughout the commonwealth. The format of these sessions is designed to provide participants with information on SOL training and technical assistance materials, which are being provided to school divisions through a state initiative. Suggestions will be given on ways in which principals can use these materials. The sessions also will include information on instructional strategies in each of the core SOL areas, strategies for monitoring SOL implementation, analyzing and interpreting SOL assessment data for instructional purposes, and using instructional technology to teach the SOL. This single, annual event is held jointly by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) to collaboratively develop and enhance middle and high school administrators' leadership skills, increase their understanding of current issues, and expand their knowledge base for educational change. The theme for the conference this year is "Successful Attainment of the SOL: Fully Accredited Schools." Much attention is given by the VASSP and the Department of Education to ensure conference attendees a wide offering of presentations and general sessions that will benefit them professionally. A preliminary conference program synopsis is enclosed. A detailed announcement about the general session speakers, workshop presenters, topics, etc., will be mailed to you soon. The Williamsburg Lodge will house all the conference programs this year. Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come basis, and we encourage you to return the enclosed accommodation application form as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by May 20, 1999, will be released. Enclosed are conference registration and accommodations application forms. Please duplicate the forms as needed for others that would be interested in attending the conference. The registration form must be completed and returned to: Summer Conference, VASSP, P O Box K 170, Richmond, VA 23288. Please register as soon as possible. Hotel accommodation forms are to be sent via mail directly to the Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Properties, Inc. Only the enclosed official accommodations form or duplicates of this form will be accepted by the hotel. As in past years, the hotel will not accept room reservations over the telephone (this includes facsimile), written letter, or in person for this event. This procedure helps to assure some degree of fairness that everyone has an opportunity to receive the conference announcement and respond in a timely fashion. Room accommodations are reserved only on a first-come- first-served basis via the enclosed form. We look forward to seeing you in June. If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please call VASSP at (804) 288-2777. PDS:pfm
Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.