COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 186
October 6, 2000

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Sixth Annual Educational Technology Leadership Conference

 
The Division of Technology will conduct an educational technology leadership conference December 11- 13, 2000, at the Hotel Roanoke. This is the sixth annual conference and it is being held in response to many requests to continue training and technical assistance in this format. The target audience for this conference includes division-level administrators, key technology instructional leaders, and contact persons for library media, instructional technology, distance learning, administrative data processing, instructional television, and building-level technology leaders.

The theme of this yearís conference is Educational Technology Leadership: Seeing the Possibilities. Technology is a powerful tool that has tremendous potential to enhance student learning and achievement. The Six-Year Educational Technology Plan for Virginia and school divisionsí technology plans provide a vision for effective teaching using technology in the classrooms. To assist school divisions in meeting the objectives outlined by these plans, the conference features over one hundred concurrent sessions focusing on the successful use of technology in classrooms. This year for the first time, special tracks in the conference will include four areas: technology in special education as well as leadership sessions developed by the Best Practice Centers, the public television stations, and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. Five pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Monday morning. Additional hands-on workshops will be offered throughout the conference. Special recognition will be given to eight technology leaders who were nominated by superintendents in each of the regional superintendentsí study groups. These individuals have made outstanding contributions to technology in the schools.

Information concerning the conference sessions and registration will be posted at the DOE website, http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/conference/. There will be links to the online conference registration site at Virginia Tech and to the Hotel Roanoke for room reservations. The preliminary conference program also will be posted at this site.

This conference is an opportunity for your divisionís technology leaders to share in an experience designed to motivate thinking and discussions about how we can use technology more effectively to help teachers teach and students learn. We hope that you will attend and that you will encourage your divisionís technology leaders to attend. We believe this will be another exciting and rewarding conference.

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to Linda Holt, conference chair at (804) 786-5149 or mailto: lholt@pen.k12.va.us

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