P. O. BOX 2120



February 21, 2003


TO: Division Superintendents


FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction


SUBJECT: Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition, June 22-25, 2003



The Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) are pleased to announce that the annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition will be held June 22-June 25, 2003, at the Williamsburg Marriott in Williamsburg. This statewide event is sponsored jointly by the VASSP and the VDOE to develop and enhance middle and high school administrators leadership skills, increase their understanding of current educational issues, and expand their knowledge base for educational change. The theme for this years conference is Developing The Leader Within You. The conference sessions will focus on school law, teacher evaluation, instructional leadership, school administration, and academic accountability.


This leadership conference will feature general and concurrent sessions that will provide participants with strategies for analyzing classroom practices and methods for improving instruction, monitoring Standards of Learning implementation, analyzing and interpreting assessment data for instructional purposes, and using instructional technology to teach the Standards of Learning. Training programs and resource materials that support the Standards of Learning will be reviewed.


The conference will address other pertinent topics identified in the 2001 Virginia Principal Survey. To assist the conference planners, please complete and return the attached Principals Needs Assessment Form no later than March 15, 2003. You and your staff are also invited to submit the attached Call for Presentations Form to be considered for inclusion in the conference program. You may download these forms from the VASSP website ( or from the VDOE website ( - under Frequently Requested Information. We are particularly interested in presentations on programs and strategies that have proven to be successful in helping improve student achievement and the Standards of Learning. The presentation form must be returned no later than March 15, 2003.


Please mail your forms to VASSP Summer Conference, Box K 170, Richmond, Virginia 23288. The VASSP office will mail the completed program, registration information, and hotel accommodations forms to division superintendents and to all middle level and high school administrators in April. The forms also will be posted on the VDOE and VASSP websites. If you have questions about the conference, please call VASSP at 804-288-2777.