P.O. BOX 2120



April 22, 2003






Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction



Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition June 22-25, 2003


We extend a cordial invitation to principals, assistant principals, division superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, supervisors, college personnel, and administrators of nonpublic middle and high schools to attend the annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition to be held June 22 25, 2003, at the Williamsburg Marriott in Williamsburg, Virginia. This statewide event is sponsored jointly by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to develop and enhance middle and high school administrators leadership skills, increase their understanding of current educational issues, and expand their knowledge base for educational change. The theme for this years conference is Developing The Leader Within You. The conference sessions will focus on school law, teacher evaluation, instructional leadership, school administration, and academic accountability.


This leadership conference will feature the Virginia Consolidated State Application Accountability Plan required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB). General and concurrent sessions will provide participants with new ideas on administrative techniques, strategies for analyzing classroom practices and methods for improving instruction, monitoring Standards of Learning (SOL) and NCLB implementation, analyzing, segregating, and interpreting assessment data, using instructional technology to teach the SOL and complying with NCLB. Successful training programs and resource materials that support SOL and NCLB will be reviewed.


A pre-conference clinic on school law will be held on Sunday, June 22, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic will address changes in federal, state, and case law applicable to the wants and needs of middle and high school administrators as identified in the recent statewide NEEDS ASSESSMENT.


The conference will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 23, followed by a luncheon that will feature a moderated question and answer session with the superintendent of public instruction and president of the Virginia Board of Education. A special NCLB general session will be followed by a NCLB-SOL symposium. The symposium will include concurrent sessions led by VDOE staff members teamed with principals, assistant principals, teachers, and other successful practitioners in the field. The format of the sessions is designed to provide participants with information on NCLB and SOL and the most recently developed instructional resources and successful training programs that are being provided to school divisions. Sessions will provide participants with strategies for using these resources. Sessions also will provide information on the impact of NCLB on SOL assessment, school accountability, and graduation requirements.


A preliminary conference program synopsis, Conference At-A-Glance, is provided in Attachment A. The detailed announcement about the general session speakers, workshop presenters, topics, etc., will be mailed to you in mid-May.


The Williamsburg Marriott will house all the conference programs. Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we encourage you to return the enclosed accommodations application form as soon as possible. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by May 22, 2003, will be released.


A conference registration form (see Attachment B) and a hotel accommodations application (see Attachment C) are also provided with this memorandum. Please duplicate the forms as needed and share this information with persons who would be interested in attending the conference. To take advantage of EARLY REGISTRATION, the registration form must be completed and returned by May 22, 2003, to Summer Conference, VASSP, Box K 170, Richmond, VA 23288.

Hotel accommodation forms are to be sent via mail directly to the Williamsburg Marriott. Only the enclosed official accommodations application form will be accepted by the hotel. As in past years, the hotel will not accept telephone requests for room reservations (this includes facsimile), written letters, or in-person requests. This procedure helps to assure some degree of fairness that everyone has an opportunity to receive the conference announcement and respond in a timely fashion.


We look forward to seeing you in June. If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please call VASSP at (804) 288-2777 or Maureen B. Hijar, ( director, Office of Secondary Instructional Services, at 804) 225-2894.