Principals' Memo #1024-10

Department of Education

October 26, 2010

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: 2011 Excellence in Education Spring Awards - Call for Nominations!

The Virginia Tech School of Education is pleased to honor exemplary public school and community college programs across the Commonwealth with their Excellence in Education Awards for the third consecutive year. An outstanding program in each of the Superintendents' regions and one Virginia community college program will be celebrated at the annual School of Education's Awards Reception on May 5, 2011. At this time, nominations are being accepted for programs you feel contribute to excellence in education in your school, school division, or community college.

Nominations may represent the entire range of services or practices (e.g., instructional programs, student services, career education, staff development, retention programs, etc.). Nominated programs should be innovative, creative, effective, unique, replicable, of significant importance to the student community, and demonstrate a positive cost-benefit relationship.

The announcement of award and certificate winners will be made by the end of March. Award winners will receive plaques and a monetary award for the future support of the exemplary program. Descriptions of award winners' programs will be placed on the Excellence in Education Web site and the newspapers in the winners' area will be notified. The awardees will be invited to attend the awards reception at the Blacksburg campus.

Additional information and the nomination form that must be used to submit programs for consideration for the 2011 Virginia Tech School of Education Excellence in Education Awards are available at the following Web site: The nominations must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2010. Please duplicate the form and distribute it to those who may be interested in participating. If you have any questions, please call Chloe Ruff at (540) 231-0969.