COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 24

January 27, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Prevention Through Information (PTI-VA) Data Collection and Data Use Training Workshops

 

In cooperation with the Center for School-Community Collaboration at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Department of Education, Office of Student Services, is pleased to announce a series of one-day regional workshops on the collection and use of data related to incidents of discipline, crime, and violence in schools. These workshops are being offered as part of the Prevention Through Information (PTI-VA) initiative, a three-year program designed to improve the capacity of Virginia schools to collect and use school crime and safety data for prevention planning.

 

PTI Data Collection Workshops will focus on approaches to ensuring data accuracy, validity and reliability, appropriate classification of incidents, and reporting of disciplinary actions. These workshops are designed for school division administrators responsible for the collection and submission of discipline, crime, and violence (DCV) data, including building and central office personnel program and data administrators.

 

PTI Data Use Workshops will focus on the use of discipline, crime, and violence data for school- and community-based prevention program planning and management, including conducting a needs assessment, developing performance measures, selecting interventions, monitoring progress, and reporting progress to the public. The workshops will also focus on proactive strategies for educating key stakeholders and the public about DCV data and engaging them in prevention efforts. They are designed for school safety teams and school division/community prevention planning teams.

 

Also developed as a product of the PTI-VA initiative is an online tutorial on DCV data reporting that may be accessed at http://www.dcvreport.org. School division personnel involved with the collection and reporting of discipline, crime, and violence data are encouraged to take advantage of this new resource. Workshop participants will be expected to have reviewed the online tutorial before attending training.

 

Workshops are scheduled as follows:

 

 

Day

Date

Site

 

 

 

 

Data

Collection

Workshops

Tuesday

Feb. 21,2006

Longwood University Farmville

 

Tuesday

Feb. 28,2006

Fulghum Center

Chesterfield County

 

Tuesday

March 7,2006

Stonewall Jackson Hotel Staunton

 

Tuesday

March 14,2006

Institute Conference Center Danville

 

Wednesday

April 5, 2006

Holiday Inn Wytheville

Wytheville

 

Tuesday

April 25,2006

Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown

 

Wednesday

May 3,2006

Southwest VA Higher Ed. Center, Abingdon

 

 

 

Early August

Virginia Beach (in conjunction with Virginia School Safety Conference)

 

 

Day

Date

Site

 

 

 

 

Data Use Workshops

Wednesday

Feb. 22,2006

Longwood University

Farmville

 

 

Monday

Feb. 27,2006

Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg

 

 

 

Wednesday

March 8,2006

Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Staunton

 

 

Wednesday

March 15,2006

Institute Conference Center

Danville

 

 

Thursday

April 6,2006

Holiday Inn Wytheville

Wytheville

 

 

Wednesday

April 26,2006

Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown

 

 

Thursday

May 4,2006

Southwest VA Higher Ed. Center, Abingdon

 

 

 

Early August

Virginia Beach (in conjunction with Virginia School Safety Conference)

 

The workshops are being offered at no charge to participants. Lodging and travel expenses are the responsibilities of the participants. Expenses may be paid from federal funding already available to the school division under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to no more than 50 participants per workshop. Individuals may register online at: www.soe.vcu.edu/csc.

 

For additional information about the institute, contact the Center for School Community Collaboration at 804-828-1482 (phone) or 800-762-6309 (toll-free). Other questions may be directed to Arlene Cundiff, safe and drug-free schools coordinator, at 804-225-2871 or Arlene.Cundiff@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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