P.O. BOX 2120



March 3, 2006



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction



From Vision to Practice Second Annual Academy: Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: July 17-20, 2006


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the second annual two-part From Vision to Practice Academy: Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, July 17-20, 2006, at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. The goal of the academy will be to assist school divisions with increasing student achievement to meet adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets and reduce the achievement gap.


Part 1- For Central Office Instructional Leaders and Building Level Administrators - Part 1 (July 17 and 18, 2006) will provide central office staff and building administrators with the opportunity to participate in intensive day-long educational seminars focused on strategies to improve student achievement. Central office instructional leaders and building-level administrators are invited to attend. In Part 1, the participants may select from six in-depth seminars attending one each day. The nationally-recognized speakers include Dr. Leonard Sax, Dr. Pam Robbins, Dr. Edie Holcomb, Dr. Dean Fink, Kathy Stevens, Jos Franco, Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson, and Vicki Virvos. The day-long seminars will provide participants with the opportunity to learn practical and effective ways that research can be transferred into practice. Topics include: 1) supporting readers, writers, and language learners; 2) closing the achievement gap in mathematics; 3) building professional learning communities; 4) developing and sustaining leaders; 5) using data to improve instruction; and 6) gender differences. Each division may register two participants on July 17 and two participants on July 18 for the all-day seminars. Space is limited to no more than 40 persons per seminar each day. The seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Attachment A provides a detailed description of the seminars presented on July 17 and July 18, 2006.


Part 2 For School Division Administrative Teams - Part 2 (July 19-20, 2006) will provide school division administrative teams the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions designed to assist school divisions in improving student achievement. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from their colleagues about effective educational practices that lead to successful schools. Teams of three, composed of Title I, Title III, and other instructional staff, are invited to participate.

Keynote speakers include Chauncey Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year; Pedro Noguera, professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University; Leonard Sax, Executive Director of the
National Association for Single Sex Public Education; and Evans Hopkins, Virginia author of Life After Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption. Attachment B contains a draft agenda for Part 2.

Registration - The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration. Registrants for Part 1 should rank order their seminar choices. Division personnel who attend Part 1 do not have to be the same individuals who attend Part 2.

School divisions should designate one individual to register all divisionwide participants. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2006. If indicated on the registration form that additional staff are interested in attending Part 1 and Part 2 of the academy, the designee will be informed if space is available after June 5, 2006. Participants may register online for either part of the academy at


Lodging - The cutoff date for room reservations is June 9, 2006. A block of rooms has been reserved from July 16-19, 2006, at three hotels at the state rate of $69 per night excluding taxes and surcharges. Please reference Department of Education, From Vision to Practice Academy.


For reservations at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, call (540) 853-8298. Overflow lodging has been arranged at: 1) the Wyndham Hotel, 2801 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, Virginia, (540) 563-9300, and 2) the Clarion Hotel, 3315 Ordway Drive, N.W., Roanoke, Virginia, (540) 362-4500.

Directions - Hotel directions may be found at for The Hotel Roanoke, for the Wyndham Hotel, and for the Clarion Hotel.

Authorized Expenses - Lodging, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of attendees; however, these related expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I or Title III budgets.  Materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Participants are asked to be present for all meal functions. 


Cancellation - To accommodate those on the waiting list, please cancel any hotel reservations, and contact Emily York, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than June 1, 2006, at or (540) 231-5182.


For questions, please contact Ann Sheehan, Title I specialist at or (804) 371-2932 or Diane Jay, associate director of Program Administration and Accountability, at or (804) 225-2905.