P.O. BOX 2120



March 21, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



From Vision to Practice Fourth Annual Academy: Growing SySTEMic Literacy Across the Content Areas, July 8-10, 2008


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the fourth annual From Vision to Practice Academy: Growing SySTEMic Literacy Across the Content Areas, July 8-10, 2008, at the Holiday Inn Select Richmond-Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia. The goal of the academy will be to assist school divisions to increase student achievement through literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The academy is open to administrators, teachers, and educational support staff.


Registration - The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration. School divisions should designate one individual to register all divisionwide participants. A maximum of four participants from each division may be enrolled. The deadline for registration is June 16, 2008. If the registration form submitted indicates that additional staff are interested in attending the academy, the designee will be informed if space is available after June 16, 2008. Participants may register online for the academy at Attachment A contains the agenda for each day of the academy. Pre-registration is required for the all-day sessions on July 9, 2008.


Lodging - The cutoff date for room reservations is June 16, 2008. A block of rooms has been reserved from July 7-10, 2008, at two hotels at the state rate of $89 per night (excluding taxes and surcharges). Please reference Department of Education, From Vision to Practice Academy.

For reservations at The Holiday Inn Select Richmond-Koger South Conference Center, call (800) 397-1034. Overflow lodging has been arranged at: Sheraton Park South,(804)323-1144.


Directions - Hotel directions may be found at:

Holiday Inn Select-Koger South Conference Center:;

Sheraton Park South:


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


Cancellation If participants need to cancel their reservations, please contact the hotel directly, as well as Dawn McCoy, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than June 16, 2008, at or (540)231-5182.


For questions, please contact Ann Sheehan, Title I specialist at or (804)371-2932 or Veronica Tate at or (804)225-2904.






a. From Vision to Practice Academy Schedule (PDF)