P.O. BOX 2120



August 29, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



September VASSP Conference


The purpose of this memo is to announce a professional development opportunity for principals and lead teachers in school divisions. The Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) Center for Educational Leadership at Lynchburg College, with a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, is sponsoring two conferences in September, one for middle schools on September 21-22 and one for high schools on September 28-29, 2003.


The conferences are designed for a team of five individuals from a school and should include an administrator and lead teachers in English, mathematics, science, and history. The conference is scheduled to begin Sunday afternoon and conclude Monday afternoon so staff will miss only one day of school. The conferences will begin with an overview of Virginias response to No Child Left Behind. The keynote presenter for both Sundays is Dr. Pedro Noguera of Harvard University. Dr. Noguera is a nationally recognized scholar on closing the achievement gap. With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, closing that gap is critical to achieving adequate yearly progress. After dinner on Sunday, participants will have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Noguera in a question and answer session.


On Monday morning, lead teachers and principals will be in breakout sessions specifically designed for them. After lunch, there will be a session on diversity and learning styles that will be applicable to all members of the team. The conferences will conclude with a session on Special Education and No Child Left Behind.


Attached you will find the registration form for both conferences. We hope you will encourage schools in your division to attend. Please note that each conference is limited to teams from 30 schools, a total of 150 participants. The cost is $500 per team, plus travel. Each participant will receive a notebook of resources. Registration, Sunday dinner, Mondays continental breakfast and lunch as well as all breaks are included in the conference fee. If your team needs to spend the night, we have negotiated a price of $62 (tax included) per room (single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy) at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lynchburg.


If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Roger Jones ( at (434) 544-8444. You may also contact VASSP in Richmond ( at 1-800-249-8001.