Superintendent's Memo #260-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 22, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Overview Training - Instructional Consultation

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to host an Overview of Instructional Consultation Teams (ICT) on December 14, 2010. ICT is a state-directed instructional initiative in its twelfth year of implementation. The purpose of the annual Overview event is to keep educational leaders informed of this program and to invite their participation in it.

On Tuesday, December 14, Dr. Todd Gravois will explain the importance of Instructional Consultation Teams (ICT) in improving classroom instruction. As schools continually work to improve student performance, research indicates that the single most important factor leading to improved student outcomes is teacher effectiveness. ICT provides a structured problem-solving process focused on teacher and student growth. The ICT process involves data collection and progress monitoring in evaluating the effectiveness of student and class responses to instruction.

Dr. Gravois, founder and president of Instructional Consultation, Assessment, and Teaming (ICAT) Resources, will offer the keynote presentation. He and Dr. Sylvia Rosenfield developed the instructional consultation model at the University of Maryland, and have expanded its practice into nine different states. Thirteen different counties in Virginia are currently implementing the model (Highland, Craig, Smyth, Bedford, Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Norfolk, Hopewell, Essex, Stafford, Louisa, and Prince William). Dr. Gravois's keynote will explain the theory behind the evidence-based practice of instructional consultation. Afternoon break-out sessions will explain the details of training and implementation provided by the Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) at Radford, James Madison, George Mason, and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, and The College of William and Mary. All training is provided in consort with VDOE and ICAT Resources, LLC.

Designed for elementary and middle school principals and central office educational leaders, the ICT Overview will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center in Staunton. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided, mileage will be reimbursed for those unable to use publicly-provided transportation. VDOE will provide Monday night lodging at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel for those traveling a distance of more than 75 miles to attend.

Registration will be facilitated through VDOE's Office of Student Services until November 29, 2010. A registration form is attached for your convenience.

Questions may be directed to Wayne Barry, student services specialist, at (804)692-0396 or via e-mail wayne.barry@doe.virginia.gov.

Attachment:

  1. ICT Overview Training Registration Form (Word)

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