COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 160
August 12, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Academic Review Process Training Opportunity
The Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Improvement, is pleased to announce that regional training will be offered to school division personnel regarding the academic review process. Individuals who participate in this training will be qualified to serve on academic review teams to assist those schools that did not have an academic review in 2004-05, are accredited with warning for the first time in 2005-06, and are designated as Tier II or Tier III schools.
The content of this one-day training will include:
an overview of the academic review process
an explanation of team member and school division responsibilities
an analysis of the eight areas of review
a review of developing and implementing the School Improvement Plan.
The training dates, locations and times are as follows:
1. September 16: George Mason University, Loudoun (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
2. September 23: Southwest Higher Education Center, Abingdon (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
Each training location will accommodate two groups of 40 participants each. Participant slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, you are urged to reserve your space as soon as possible.
You are encouraged to send a team of three people from your division to one of the training locations. Team members can be central office personnel, principals, assistant principals, instructional leaders, special education directors, or lead teachers. There is no fee for this training, but participants will be responsible for travel, meals, and lodging expenses.
Attached is a registration form that will reserve your space. Please complete one form for each participant who will attend and fax to: Sheryl Smith at (804) 786-9763. Forms should be submitted no later than September 12. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Marsha Owens, Office of School Improvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 692-0250.