COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 20

February 14, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference for the Professional Development of Assistant Principals and Lead Teachers

 

The Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and the Virginia Department of Education (DOE) extend an invitation to all assistant principals, lead teachers, principals and other professional educators within your school or school district to participate in the 2003 Annual Assistant Principals/Lead Teachers Professional Development Conference. The Conference, Stepping Up to the Challenge of Leadership, will be held March 20-21, 2003 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia.

This conference is designed specifically for assistant principals and lead teachers of a school who are responsible for providing instructional leadership. Dr. Douglas Reeves will provide the keynote presentation. Dr. Reeves expertise is improving student achievement through reading and writing. He also addresses issues such as improving the knowledge and skills of school leaders as they transform their approach to standards, assessment, and accountability.

 

A variety of concurrent sessions will be offered to participants encompassing four main categories: Curriculum/Instruction, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Technology, and Leadership. Practitioners from across the Commonwealth and members of the Department of Education will conduct these sessions.

Special sessions will be conducted regarding the $16.9 million Reading First Grant awarded to Virginia on January 9, 2003. These sessions will address the components necessary to obtain a grant. Two hundred twenty-one schools in 66 divisions in Virginia are eligible and funding will be awarded beginning July 1, 2003.

As we continue to provide the best possible professional development opportunities for the principals and teachers of Virginia, we hope that you will join us in Williamsburg on March 20-21, 2003 for this outstanding professional development program.

 

If you have questions about the conference or need additional information, please call VAESP at (804)-355-6791, fax (804) 355-1196 or email mailto:vaesp@earthlink.net.

 

 

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