COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 44
March 29, 2002
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Announcement of Four Regional No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Academies
The Department of Education will sponsor four academies to address the new requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act. The two-day academies are structured so that on the first day teams of three individuals will review and investigate the major provisions and requirements of the new law. The three representatives from the school divisions should be: 1) the division superintendent or designee, 2) a key instructional leader, and 3) the Title I coordinator. The following day will focus on the application process and the various federal programs included in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation. The second day will involve the Title I coordinator and key instructional leader. Space is limited to three attendees on the first day and two attendees on the second day. A tentative agenda is attached outlining major topics and the various federal programs to be addressed. Additional technical assistance will be offered for many of the federal programs represented the second day of the academy. The Department specialists will announce the additional technical assistance to be offered for each of the programs.
The academies are being held regionally so most attendees can drive to them daily. The first day begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 4:30 p.m.; the second day begins at 9 a.m. and will conclude by 4 p.m.. More specifics, including a breakdown of school division attendance by region and overnight lodging information, are attached.
May 2-3 Regions II and III Marriott
May 7-8 Regions VI and VII Hotel Roanoke
May 9-10 Regions I and IV Wyndham Richmond
May 16-17 Regions V and VIII Doubletree
The new law poses challenges as well as opportunities for our state and the school divisions. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss the reform effort. A response form is attached and should be return to the Office of Compensatory Programs no later than April 22, 2002. If you have questions, please contact George H. Irby, Sr., (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), director for Compensatory Programs, at 804/225-2869.