COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 078
April 7, 2006
Patricia I. Wright
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition
June 25-28, 2006, Williamsburg Marriott
A cordial invitation is extended to principals, assistant principals, division superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, supervisors, college personnel, and administrators of nonpublic middle and high schools to attend the annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition to be held June 25-28, 2006, at the Williamsburg Marriott in Williamsburg, Virginia. VASSPs centennial anniversary will be celebrated during the conference. This statewide event is sponsored jointly by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP), the Virginia Foundation for Educational Leadership (VFEL), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to develop and enhance middle and high school administrators leadership skills, increase their understanding of current educational issues, and expand their knowledge base for educational change. The theme for this years conference is Learning From the Past Building For the Future. The conference sessions will feature VASSP/VFEL Principal 21C Initiatives including Mentoring and Coaching, Breaking Ranks II for high schools and middle schools, Balanced Leadership, and VDOE supported models for monitoring of collaboration and co-teaching.
The summer conference will offer five general keynote sessions featuring state and nationally acclaimed educators and motivational speakers, the VDOE Colloquium, Professional Practices Symposium, and McRELs Balanced Leadership Workshop. Major concurrent sessions will include pertinent topics identified in the recent statewide 2006 Middle Level and High School Principals Needs Assessment which include teacher evaluation, instructional leadership, school administration, and academic accountability, and will provide principals and assistant principals
with new ideas on administrative and instructional leadership techniques, meeting Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP), strategies for analyzing classroom practices and methods for improving instruction, monitoring Standards of Learning (SOL) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) implementation and compliance.
A pre-conference clinic on school law will be held on Sunday, June 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic will address educational law issues over the past year as a result of recent state and federal legislation and case law.
The 2006 summer conference will officially begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 26. A preliminary conference program synopsis, Conference At-A-Glance, is provided in Attachment A. The detailed announcement about the general session speakers, workshop presenters, topics, etc., will be mailed to you in mid-May and will be posted on the VASSP website.
The Williamsburg Marriott will house all the conference programs. Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we encourage you to return the enclosed accommodations application form as soon as possible. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by May 25, 2006, will be released.
A conference registration form (see Attachment B) and a hotel accommodations application (see Attachment C) are also provided with this memorandum. Please duplicate the forms as needed and share this information with persons who would be interested in attending the conference. To take advantage of EARLY REGISTRATION, the registration form must be completed and returned by May 25, 2006, to Summer Conference, VASSP, 4909 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.
Hotel accommodation forms are to be sent via mail directly to the Williamsburg Marriott. Only the enclosed official accommodations application form will be accepted by the hotel. As in past years, the hotel will not accept telephone requests for room reservations (this includes facsimile), written letters, online, or in-person requests. This procedure helps to assure some degree of fairness so that everyone has an opportunity to receive the conference announcement and respond in a timely fashion.
We look forward to seeing you in June. If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please visit the VASSP website at www.vaprincipal.org or call the Association at (804) 355-2777.