Superintendent's Memo #070-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 2, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Principal and Central Office Personnel - Preview Meeting on Effective Schoolwide Discipline in Virginia

In the spring of 2005, the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Instructional Services initiated a series of meetings for principals and central office personnel to introduce Effective Schoolwide Discipline (ESD), a statewide initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. Virginia’s ESD Project is based on the accumulated research that documents the effectiveness of positive behavioral supports. To date, one hundred fifty-one (151) Virginia schools have participated in statewide ESD training.

The Department’s commitment to build capacity among Virginia schools prompted this invitation for additional schools to participate in ESD training in the 2010-2011 school year. In August/September 2010, the Virginia Department of Education will offer an additional round of preview meetings for principals and central office staff in the eight superintendents’ regions at which time discussion will focus on the ESD Project and upcoming training. Discussion also will highlight the various roles of education personnel and the importance of the appointment of a school division coordinator.

At this ESD preview meeting, principals and central office staff will receive an ESD Readiness Packet that contains all the necessary information and timelines to apply for the next round of training in ESD.

The meetings in each region have been scheduled as follows.

Regions 1/8
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sheraton Park South Hotel
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23235
Registration Deadline: July 23, 2010

Regions 2/3
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Omni Newport News Hotel
1000 Omni Blvd.
Newport News, Virginia 23606
Registration Deadline: July 30, 2010

Region 4
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
George Mason University’s Prince William Campus
Verizon Auditorium
10900 University Blvd.
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Registration Deadline: July 30, 2010

Region 5
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Courtyard Marriott Charlottesville – University Medical Center
1201 West Main Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Registration Deadline: July 23, 2010

Region 6
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Registration Deadline: September 3, 2010

Region 7
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Martha Washington Inn
150 West Main Street
Abingdon, Virginia 24210
Registration Deadline: August 13, 2010

If you decide that the ESD Project would meet a need in your school division, please encourage principals and central office staff to register by clicking the hyperlink above or by accessing the calendar on the Effective Schoolwide Discipline website at http://www.ttac.odu.edu/esd. Upon registration, you and your team members will receive a confirmation e-mail from the ESD online automated registration program.

On the ESD website, you will find additional information on the Effective Schoolwide Discipline Project at http://www.ttac.odu.edu/esd/about.htm. The website includes a booklet entitled An Introduction to Effective Schoolwide Discipline in Virginia and a description of Virginia’s ESD Project, both of which are in a printable format.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Irene Walker-Bolton, Educational Specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, via e-mail at Irene.Walker-Bolton@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-2066.

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