COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 56
March 24, 2000

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: A Statewide Conference on Teacher Mentoring


 The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Norfolk public 
schools, invites your teachers, administrators, staff developers, teacher mentors 
and human resource personnel to participate in a conference, Mentoring: Building a 
Stronger Teaching Force, on May 18-19, 2000.  The conference will be held at the 
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. on May 18.
It will conclude at 5 p.m. on May 19, 2000. The conference registration fee is $90 
per person, which includes conference materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch 
on May 19, 2000.

The conference offers focus sessions on:
 Establishing and designing teacher mentor programs;
 Enhancing mentor skills; and,
 Sustaining and refining teacher mentor programs.

Dr. Laura Lipton, director, Educational Consulting Services in New York, and 
Bruce Wellman, director, Science Resources in Vermont, will jointly present the 
keynote address, Learning-Focused Mentoring: Consulting, Collaborating and Coaching 
Excellence. 

Please share the attached registration form with appropriate personnel in your 
school division. If you have questions regarding this conference, please do not 
hesitate to contact personnel in the division of teacher education and licensure at 
(804) 371-2522.


JLD/sa