P. O. BOX 2120
March 6, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynn Demary, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Announcing the 1998 High Schools That Work Comprehensive School Improvement Institute

  You are invited to participate in the High Schools That Work
  Comprehensive School Improvement Institute, August 2-5, 1998
  at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.  The theme,
  "Teaching and Learning:  Practices That Work!," will focus on
  practitioners sharing methods and strategies that raise
  expectations and elevate student achievement at the secondary
  and postsecondary levels.

  Goal of the Institute 

  The Institute will offer information and resources that focus
  on improving instruction and student achievement through

      development of challenging programs of study that support
        the Virginia Standards of Learning, Virginia State
        Assessment Program, and the Standards of Accreditation
      emphasis on academic and vocational/technical knowledge
        and skills
      facilitation of a seamless transition of students from
        secondary education to postsecondary education and to

  Call for Presentations

  Individuals or teams are invited to showcase
  promising/successful local practices that support the High
  Schools That Work Key Practices, the Tech Prep Goals, and the
  Virginia Standards of Learning.  The presentation application
  should be returned by April 17 to:

      Lolita B. Hall
      Virginia Department of Education
      P.O. Box 2120
      Richmond, VA 23218-2120

  Institute Registration 

   Registration (Deadline June 5, 1998) $55.00 per person
   Late Registration                    $80.00 per person

  Registration includes daily continental breakfast, Sunday
  dinner, Monday and Tuesday luncheons, and Wednesday brunch. 
  The Institute registration form should be returned by June
  5 to:

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

  Hotel Reservations

  The Hotel Roanoke and other nearby hotels will house Institute
  participants.  Lodging rates at the Hotel Roanoke will be $54
  (plus taxes) for a single room and $74 (plus taxes) for
  double/triple/ quad room.  Individuals will be responsible for
  their lodging bill, including taxes and incidentals, other
  meals, and travel expenses.  The hotel reservation form should
  be returned by June 5 to:

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

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


  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