Superintendent's Memo #076-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 27, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Technical Assistance Webinar for School Divisions with Schools on the Title I “Watch” List

The Department of Education is pleased to announce a webinar for school divisions with schools on the Title I “watch” list. “Watch” schools are those Title I schools that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading (English/language arts), mathematics, or both for the 2008-2009 school year based on the 2007-2008 Standards of Learning tests and are not already in School Improvement. These schools have been designated “watch” schools because they will enter Title I School Improvement for the 2009-2010 school year if they do not meet AYP in the same subject area for a second consecutive year. The webinar will focus on the sanctions that must be implemented when a school enters year one of Title I School Improvement. The webinar is designed for school division superintendents, Title I coordinators, and principals of Title I schools that are designated as “watch” schools.

School divisions were notified of schools that are considered “watch” schools through letters to division superintendents dated February 11, 2009. The notification included a letter describing what a “watch” school is as well as a list of the schools in each school division that are considered “watch” schools.

The webinar will be offered on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attachment A contains a webinar registration form to be faxed by Friday, April 24, 2009, to Gloria Torrens-Billings, administrative assistant, at (804) 371-7347. The form contains a place to list questions you would like addressed during the webinar.

Directions for joining the webinar:

  1. Go to: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/profdev.html
  2. Select “eMeeting/Webinar Sessions (September 2007-to-date).”
  3. Locate the webinar entitled “Title I Watch List Technical Assistance” for the time your school division registers to attend. Select “Join Now.”
  4. Enter the password, “watchlist09.”

Directions for joining the audio portion of the webinar:

  1. Dial (866) 842-5779.
  2. When prompted, enter the conference code 8043710908.

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Phil Iovino, Title I specialist, at Phil.Iovino@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 371-2934 or Veronica Tate, Title I specialist, at Veronica.Tate@doe.virginia.gov.

PIW / VT

a. Technical Assistance Webinar for School Divisions with Schools on the Title I “Watch” List - Registration Form (Word)