COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 212

October 6, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Prevention Through Information (PTIVA) Data Collection Training Workshops

 

In collaboration 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 of Discipline, Crime, and Violence (DCV) Data. These workshops are being offered as part of the Prevention Through Information (PTI-VA) Project. This is the third year of a three-year initiative, funded by a competitive grant from the U. S. Department of Education, 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 or involved with the collection and submission of discipline, crime, and violence data, including building and central office program and data administrators.

 

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 workshops.

 

 

Data Collection Workshops will be provided as follows:

 

DAY DATE (2006) SITE

 

Wednesday November 1 Roslyn Conference Center

Richmond

 

Tuesday November 7 University of Mary

Washington

Fredericksburg

 

Wednesday November 8 Holiday Inn

Blacksburg

 

Tuesday November 28 Longwood University

Farmville

 

Thursday November 30 Holiday Inn

Bristol

 

Monday December 4 Best Western

Culpeper

 

Tuesday December 5 Omni Hotel

Newport News

 

Thursday December 7 Holiday Inn Select

Lynchburg

 

The workshops are being offered at no charge to participants. Any lodging and travel expenses will be the responsibility of the participant. 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 workshops, contact the Center for School Community Collaboration at 804-828-1482 or 1-800-762-6309 (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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