January 6, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2017 Secondary Principals Needs Assessment and Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition

Please find attached, the 2017 Secondary Principals Needs Assessment (Attachment A (Word)) used by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) throughout the year in determining professional programs to best meet the needs of middle level and high school principals and assistant principals.  Please complete and return the needs assessment no later than March 10, 2017. This form may also be completed online at www.vassp.org/VASSP/meeting-conferences/vassp-annual-conference/This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.

We also use the annual principals’ needs assessment to determine pertinent topics to be addressed at the Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition. This year’s conference will be held June 25 - June 28, 2017, at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel, 425 Water St., Portsmouth, Virginia. The annual statewide event has been sponsored jointly by VDOE and VASSP every year since 1927. The purpose of the state conference is 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 theme of this year's summer conference is "Principal Leadership – Discover ‘18." Conference sessions will focus on instructional leadership, academic accountability, teacher and principal evaluations, best practices, educational policy, teacher quality, school management, school law, and community involvement/partnerships. You and your staff are invited to submit the 2017 Call for Presentations Form (Attachment B (Word)) to be considered for inclusion in the summer conference program. This form may also be completed online at www.vassp.org/VASSP/meeting-conferences/vassp-annual-conference/This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. The presentation form must be returned by March 31, 2017.

Please mail your forms to VASSP, 4909 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23230. Information about the summer conference including the completed program, registration information, and hotel accommodation will be mailed directly from VASSP to division superintendents and to all middle level and high school administrators in early April. If you have questions about the conference, please call VASSP at 804-355-2777.

SRS/SMC/oml

Attachments:

  1. a. 2017 Principals Needs Assessment Form (Word)
  2. b. 2017 Call for Presentations Form (Word)