P.O. BOX 2120
October 9, 2001
TO: Principals
FROM: Patricia I. Wright
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
SUBJECT: Awards and Conferences of Interest to Principals and Teachers

This memorandum contains information related to the following topics:

Leadership in Arts Instruction Award

The Virginia Board of Education in collaboration with the Virginia Commission for the Arts has established the Leadership in Arts Instruction Award to recognize educators and other individuals in leadership positions who promote arts education. Arts instruction includes creative writing, dance, music, the visual arts, and theatre. Honorees will be selected on the basis of their advocacy for arts instruction, curriculum-based instruction in the arts, innovative instructional programs, or collaborations with other arts advocates. The Virginia Commission for the Arts will coordinate the nomination and selection process. Detailed information can be found on the Commission website at

National Foreign Language Conference Comes to Washington, D.C.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages will hold its annual conference November 16-18, 2001, in Washington, D.C. This is the only national conference in the continental United States for speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and other languages. Further information about the availability of this conference to Virginia’s foreign language teachers is found in Supts. Memo No. 130, Informational, September 14, 2001, at /administrators/superintendents_memos/2001/inf130.html.

National Aviation and Space Education Conference Comes to Virginia

The National Congress on Aviation and Space Education will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, April 3-6, 2002. The conference is sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Air Force and is considered to be the premier aerospace education conference in the nation. Educators of all disciplines may benefit by exploring the latest tools, standards, and techniques available for use in today’s classrooms, as well as by interacting with other educators and a diverse group of aerospace experts, business, and industry leaders to support their classroom programs. Further information about this conference is found in Supts. Memo No. 119, Informational, August 31, 2001 at /administrators/superintendents_memos/2001/inf119.html.

For further information about any items mentioned in this memorandum, please contact Dr. Linda Wallinger (, director, Office of Secondary Instructional Services at 804-225-2880.