P. O. BOX 2120
October 11, 1996


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Educational Technology Leadership Conference December 9-11, 1996

  The Division of Technology will conduct an educational
  leadership conference for local school division-level
  administrators, key technology instructional leaders and
  contact persons for library media, instructional technology,
  distance learning, administrative data processing and
  instructional television, December 9-11, 1996 in Roanoke at
  the Hotel Roanoke.  This is the second annual conference and
  is responsive to an  overwhelming number of requests to
  continue training and technical assistance.
  The theme of this year's conference is "Vision to Reality:
  Technology in the Classroom."  This mirrors the movement
  from the design portion of the Six-Year Educational
  Technology Plan for Virginia through the early stage of
  implementation to its ultimate goal, effective use of
  technology in the classroom. Keynote sessions will feature
  several prominent national and state speakers, including
  Howard Mehlinger, Director of the Center for Excellence in
  education and author of School Reform in the Information
  Age.  General and concurrent sessions will focus on
  continued implementation of  the state plan and will include
  technology issues related to:  planning, training,
  curriculum and administration. There will also be featured
  speaker sessions,  hands-on workshops and several repeats of
  popular presentations.
  Each of your division level technology contacts will receive
  an announcement of the conference along with registration
  information from Virginia Tech's Office of Continuing
  Education. This conference is an opportunity for school
  division level technology specialists to share in an
  experience designed to motivate thinking and discussion 
  about how we can better use technology to help teachers
  teach and students learn. We hope that you will encourage
  your division level technology leaders to attend what we
  know will be an exciting event.  Questions regarding the
  conference may be directed to Lan Neugent, Conference Chair
  and Director of Instructional Media and Training, at (804)
  786-2260 or Ida J. Hill, Division Chief for Technology, at
  (804) 225-2757.