P. O. BOX 2120
March 8, 1996


TO: Division Superintendents
William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction

Arthur W. Gosling
VASS President and Superintendent of Schools,
Arlington County Schools

Vincent C. Cibbarelli
 Executive Director of VASS

SUBJECT: 1996 Annual Conference of Division Superintendents

  The Annual Conference of Division Superintendents is
  scheduled for April 21-24, 1996, at the Roanoke Airport
  Marriott, Roanoke, Virginia.  This is the eighth conference
  co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the
  Virginia Association of School Superintendents.  There will
  be a $150 registration fee for this conference. 
  Registration for the conference will begin at 5:00 p.m. on
  Sunday, April 21.  The conference will end by noon on
  Wednesday, April 24, 1996.
  The conference theme, "Fulfilling Great Expectations," will
  be addressed by several high-profile speakers including: 
  Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities and Amazing
  Grace; Gerald Terozzi, newly appointed U.S. Assistant
  Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education; Robert
  Slavin, education reform leader known for his research in
  cooperative learning and his program at Johns Hopkins,
  "Success for All"; Philip Vincent, author of Developing
  Character in Students; and Wayne Worner, Dean of the
  Virginia Tech College of Education.
  The theme will also be reinforced by two panel discussions. 
  The first panel discussion, "Helping School Divisions Meet
  the SOLs," will be presented by three representatives from
  the Virginia Department of Education.  The second panel
  discussion, which addresses "Schools of Choice for Parents,"
  includes:  Pat Grippe, Assistant Superintendent of Douglas
  County Schools, Colorado; Pat Kinlaw, Director of Magnet
  Programs, Wake County, North Carolina; and Will Shaw,
  President of the Virginia Home Association.  On the final
  day of the conference, VASS members will have an opportunity
  to provide their input on the future of the organization at
  a unique Town Meeting.
  In addition to the traditional golf, tennis, and volleyball
  tournaments, the conference will include breakfasts,
  receptions, a picnic, a Monday luncheon featuring Henrico
  County Superintendent of Schools Mark Edwards as the
  speaker, and a Tuesday evening banquet with Franklin County
  Superintendent of Schools Leonard Gereau as the main
  speaker.  The 1997 Regional Superintendents of the Year and
  the 1997 Virginia Superintendent of the Year will be
  announced at the banquet.
    Supts. Memo No. 56
  March 8, 1996
  Conference participants are encouraged to preregister by
  completing the enclosed form and returning it to Vincent C.
  Cibbarelli, Executive Director, VASS, 405 Emmet Street,
  Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 by Monday, April 8, 1996. 
  For room reservations, please mail the enclosed reservation
  form directly to the Roanoke Airport Marriott.
     Following is a brief outline of the conference:
  Sunday, April 21
     11:30 a.m.               Golf Tournament
      1:00 p.m.               Tennis Tournament
      5:00 p.m. -  7:00 p.m.  Registration
      7:00 p.m. -  8:00 p.m.  Reception
      8:00 p.m.               General Session and Keynote
  Monday, April 22
      7:00 a.m. -  8:45 a.m.       Buffet Breakfast
      8:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.       Registration &
                                   Consultation Sessions
      9:00 a.m. -  3:30 p.m.       General Session
     10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.       Break * Exhibits *
     12:30 p.m. -  2:00 p.m.       VASS Luncheon
      4:30 p.m. -  5:30 p.m.       Reception
      5:30 p.m. -  until           Volleyball Tournament and
      7:00 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.       Picnic
      7:30 p.m. -  until           Reception
  Tuesday, April 23
      7:00 a.m. -  8:30 a.m.       Buffet Breakfast
      8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon       Registration
      8:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon       General Session
     10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.       Break * Exhibits *
     12:00 noon -  5:00 p.m.       Open:  Individual & Group
                                   R & R
      6:00 p.m. -  7:00 p.m.       Reception
      7:00 p.m. -  8:30 p.m.       Banquet
  Wednesday, April 24
      7:00 a.m. -  8:00 a.m.       Breakfast
      8:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.       General Session
      8:00 a.m. -  8:30 a.m.       Speaker
      9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.       VASS Town Meeting
     11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon       VASS Business Meeting