COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
April 17, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia’s only statewide conference for middle level and high school principals is the Annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition. For 28 years the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) have collaborated to develop and enhance middle and high school administrators’ leadership skills, increase their understanding of current educational issues, and expand their knowledge base for success. The Conference will be held June 28 – July 1, 2009, at the Williamsburg Marriott, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia. 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 theme for this year’s conference is “Generating Performance Systems: Exploring Multiple Directions for Leadership Success.” The performance accountability of students, teachers and educational administrators has never commanded more attention than now. Although the Commonwealth has policies, metrics, and rubrics in place, principals need to not only be comfortable in their knowledge of these performance indicators, but also be able to implement them effectively and synergistically. It is important that school principals set school expectations that incorporate national, state, and local mandates in guiding student achievement, requiring quality instructional delivery and pursuing leadership goals for success.
The Federal Stimulus Funds that are being provided to school divisions to offset state and local budget deficits may be used to support attendance at this conference. The conference program addresses the key principles of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Attending the summer conference will provide participants opportunities to explore their leadership strengths and how they can be enhanced to generate a school culture of performance success.
The VDOE Colloquium will address recent state mandates and the school leadership expectations of principals. In addition, the Colloquium will focus on resources and implementation strategies that have been successfully used in schools to improve instruction in the core curriculum areas – mathematics, science, English, and history/social science.
The Professional Practices Symposium will focus on exemplary practices that excel in content delivery for students in today’s schools. The fast-paced learning environment necessitated by the global economy requires a competitive edge. Principals must understand, appreciate and implement effective performance systems.
In addition to the School Law Clinic, major concurrent sessions will include pertinent topics identified in the recent statewide 2009 Middle Level and High School Principals Needs Assessment which include nine (9) strands:
The 2009 summer conference will officially begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2009. 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. A conference registration form (see Attachment B) is provided with this memorandum. Please duplicate the form 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 26, 2009, to Summer Conference, VASSP, 4909 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.
Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we encourage you to return the enclosed accommodations application form (see Attachment C) as soon as possible. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by May 26, 2009, will be released.
The hotel accommodation form is to be sent via U.S. Mail directly to the Williamsburg Marriott. Only the enclosed official accommodation 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.vaprincipals.org or call the Association at (804) 355-2777.
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a. Conference At A Glance - Preliminary Daily Schedule and Major Conference Activities (PDF)
b. Conference Early Registration Form (PDF)
c. Conference Accommodations Form (PDF)