DATE: January 26, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

2018 Secondary Principals Needs Assessment and Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition


Please find attached, the 2018 Secondary Principals Needs Assessment (Attachment A (Word)) used by both the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) 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 9, 2018. This form may also be completed online at https://www.vassp.org/VASSP/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-ANNUAL-PRINCIPAL-NEEDS-ASSESSMENT_UPDATE-01.22.18-Fillable.pdfThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website (PDF).

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 24-June 27, 2018, at The Omni Homestead, 1766 Homestead Drive, Hot Springs, VA 24445. The annual statewide event has been sponsored by VASSP with support from VDOE 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 '19." Conference sessions will focus on statewide educational reforms, innovative 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 2018 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 https://www.vassp.org/VASSP/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-Call-for-Presentations-Form_UPDATE-01.24.18_V2-Fillable.pdfThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website (PDF). The presentation form must be returned by March 30, 2018.

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 contact Dr. Randy Barrack, Executive Director for VASSP, at 804-355-2777 or visit the VASSPThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website website.

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Attachments:

  1. 2018 Principals Needs Assessment Form
  2. 2018 Call for Presentations Form