P. O. BOX 2120
March 7, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Announcing the 1997 High Schools That Work/Tech Prep Summer Institute

  You are invited to participate in the High Schools That
  Work/Tech Prep Summer Institute, August 10-13, 1997 at the
  Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.  The theme, "Increasing
  Student Achievement by Raising Standards", will focus on
  establishing higher standards and expectations for students
  at the secondary and postsecondary levels.

  Goals of Institute

  Participants will have the opportunity to share their
  experiences related to successful practices in raising
  expectations and achievement levels of students by:

      designing challenging programs of study that support
        the Virginia Standards of Learning
      integrating academic and vocational/technical knowledge
        and skills
      facilitating a seamless transition of students from
        secondary education to and from postsecondary education
      offering professional development activities to improve
        teaching and learning.

  Call For Presentations

  Individuals or teams will have an opportunity to showcase
  successful practices being implemented locally that are
  keyed to the High Schools That Work Key Practices, Tech Prep
  Goals, and the Virginia Standards of Learning.  The
  presentation application should be returned by April 11 to:

      Lolita B. Hall
      Virginia Department of Education
      P.O. Box 2120
      Richmond, VA 23218-2120SUPT. MEMO. NO.   44 
  March 7, 1997
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  Registration and Participant Expenses

   Registration (Deadline May 30, 1997) $50.00 per person
   Late Registration                    $75.00 per person

  Registration includes continental breakfast daily, dinner on
  Sunday, a luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, and brunch on
  Wednesday.  The Hotel Roanoke and other nearby hotels will
  be used for institute participants.  Lodging rates at the
  Hotel Roanoke will be $57 for a single room (including
  taxes) and $77 for double/triple/ quad room (including
  taxes).  Individuals will be responsible for their lodging
  bill, including taxes and incidentals, other meals, and
  travel expenses. 

  The hotel reservation forms should be returned by May 30 to:

       Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 
       110 Shenandoah Avenue
       Roanoke, VA 24016

  The institute registration forms should be returned by May
  30 to:

      Division of Continuing Education 
      Virginia Tech, Mail Code 0272
      810 University City Boulevard, Suite D
      Blacksburg, VA 24061

  If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Neils
  W. Brooks, Director, Office of Vocational and Adult
  Education  Services at (804) 225-2847 or Lolita B. Hall,
  State Coordinator for High Schools That Work at (804) 225-3370.


  Attachment:     A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
                  will be sent to the superintendent's office.

  Copy: Division Key Instructional Leaders
        Vocational Administrators
        Tech Prep Directors
        High School Principals/Guidance Counselors
        Middle School Principals/Guidance Counselors
        High Schools That Work Site Coordinators