DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 82
April 4, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference and Exposition
29-July 2, 2008, The
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 81st Annual Virginia Middle and
High School Principals Conference & Exposition to be held June 29-July
2, 2008, at The Homestead,
theme for this year's conference is Principle(al)
Strategies for School Improvement
Competence to Excellence. The conference will include
five general keynote sessions featuring state and nationally
acclaimed educators and motivational speakers, the VDOE Colloquium, Professional
Practices Symposium, and School Law Clinic. Major concurrent sessions will include
pertinent topics identified in the recent statewide 2008 Middle Level and
High School Principals Needs Assessment that include nine strands: 1) School Leadership, Administration, and
Management; 2) SOL/Curriculum and Instruction/Remediation; 3)
SOA/Accountability; 4) NCLB/AYP/Teacher Quality/LEP/Special Education; 5)
Assessment and Data Analysis; 6) Instructional Technology; 7) Student Services
and Programs (e.g., school safety, discipline, dropout prevention); 8) Personal
(e.g., stress management, time management, health and fitness awareness); and,
9) Educational Law and Policy.
Presentations will be given by presenters from
A pre-conference clinic on school law will be held on Sunday, June 29, 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. Additionally, legal topics pertinent to the day-to-day operation of the public school and encountered by principals will be reviewed.
The 2008 summer conference will officially begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2008. 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 Web site.
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 23, 2008, to Summer Conference, VASSP,
The hotel accommodation forms are to be sent via U.S. Mail directly to The Homestead. Only the enclosed official accommodation 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.
b. Conference Early Registration Form (Word)
c. Hotel Accommodations Application Form (Word)