COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
March 19, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Office of Student Services, Division of Special Education and Student Services, Virginia Department of Education, is pleased to announce the second annual student support services conference. Strengthening Connections: The Whole Child, Family, School, and Community Conference will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, Staunton, Virginia, April 19-21, 2010. This conference promotes coordinating student services and building partnerships among school personnel, parents, and communities.
This conference is appropriate for student services staff and other support professionals and community prevention coalition members. Family and student service providers in the community are also welcome to attend.
Targeted technical assistance workshops will be provided on April 19th for homeless liaisons, Safe and Drug-Free Schools personnel, Family Life Education coordinators, drop-out and re-enrollment specialists, school nurses, and personnel responsible for billing Medicaid for approved school services. There is no fee for these workshops; however, it is necessary for participants to register using the online portal listed below.
The two day conference, April 20-21, is $50 per person and includes training materials and selected meals. School divisions will receive one complimentary registration for every three (3) people registered. School divisions are responsible for all travel costs, including, but not limited to mileage, lodging, and meals not included as part of the conference package. A room block has been established at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center under the name “Project Hope.” Please feel free to duplicate the attached conference agenda and distribute it.
Participants may register online at https://www.regonline.com/strenghtening_connections until April 9, 2010.
Questions may be directed to Dr. Vivian Stith-Williams, student services specialist, at (804)225-4543 or Vivian.Stith-Williams@doe.virginia.gov or Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at (804)786-8671 or Tia.Campbell@doe.virginia.gov.