P.O. BOX 2120




March 28, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Announcing the Career and Technical Education Professional Development Institute, August 3-6, 2003


The Career and Technical Education Professional Development Institute will be held August 3-6, 2003, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. School divisions are invited to participate in this professional development institute. The theme, Connecting Education and Careers, will focus on practitioners sharing best practices that raise expectations and increase student achievement at the middle and high school levels. The target audience is career and technical educators from middle and high schools and technical centers, central office staff, and educators participating in High Schools That Work and Tech Prep. The institute will focus and place major emphasis on the role of career and technical education programs in preparing students for 21st century careers. A copy of the announcement can be found in Attachment A.


The Career and Technical Education Professional Development Institute is funded in part by federal funds to assist in meeting the professional development requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Act and Virginias approved state plan. These requirements include providing comprehensive professional development for career and technical, academic, guidance, and administrative personnel in state-of-the-art career and technical education programs and techniques, effective teaching skills based on research, effective practices to improve parental and community involvement and to ensure that these educators stay current with the needs, expectations, and methods of industry.


Call for Presenters

Individuals or teams from the target audience are invited to showcase best practices that support the professional development requirements identified above. The presentation application found in Attachment B should be returned by May 7 to:


Roy A. Carter

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120


Registration Fees:

Before June 13 - $125

After June 13 - $150


Registration for the institute includes dinner on Sunday, continental breakfast and refreshment breaks daily, and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. The institute registration forms should be returned by June 13 to:


Conference Registrar, Outreach Program Development

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0272


Hotel Reservations (by July 3, 2003)

Participants must call the hotel of choice, as listed in the announcement, to make lodging reservations. Lodging rates are $59 (plus tax) for a single room and $79 (plus tax) for a double/triple/quad room (or the prevailing state rate in August 2003). Individuals are responsible for their lodging bill, including taxes and incidentals, meals that are not included in registration, and travel expenses.


If you need additional information, please contact Robert A. Almond (, director, office of career and technical education services, at 804-225-2847 or Roy A. Carter (, program improvement specialist, at 804-225-3370.