COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 164

October 10, 2003

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Principals Professional Development Conference October 22-24, 2003 Williamsburg, Virginia

 

The Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and the Virginia Department of Education extend an invitation to all principals, assistant principals, and other professional educators within your school or school division to participate in the 2003 Annual Principals Professional Development Conference. The Conference, Reaching for the Stars and Beyond, will be held October 22-24, 2003, at the Williamsburg Marriott in Williamsburg, Virginia.

 

The keynote speaker at the conference, Dr. Richard Allington, will discuss issues for struggling readers in his presentation, What Really Matters for Struggling Readers. Mr. Erik Cork will present his nationally acclaimed workshop, Rap, Rhythm, and Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation; and Dr. Ruby Payne will speak on the topic, No Child Left Behind Whats Really Behind It All? The keynote speaker at the annual luncheon will be Ms. Lisa Collis, First Lady of Virginia.

 

A variety of concurrent sessions will be offered to participants encompassing the following main categories: Curriculum/Instruction, Safety, and Leadership. Many of these topics will focus on the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 on expectations in Virginias schools. Practitioners from across the commonwealth and members of the Department of Education will conduct these sessions.

As we continue to provide the best possible professional development opportunities for the principals and assistant principals in Virginia, we hope that you will join us in Williamsburg on October 2224, 2003, for this outstanding professional development program. Registration for the conference is available at www.vaesp.org.

 

If you have questions about the conference or need additional information, please call VAESP at 804-355-6791, fax 804-355-1196, or e-mail vaesp@earthlink.net.

 

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