P. O. BOX 2120

September 17, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Observation Opportunities Available from the Improving Special Education Experiences (ISEE) Project

I am pleased to inform you of an opportunity for school 
personnel to strengthen special education service delivery 
by visiting one of seven demonstration schools.  This 
opportunity is being offered through the Improving Special 
Education Experiences (ISEE) project, an interagency 
initiative of the Virginia Board for People with 
Disabilities (VBPD) and the Virginia Institute for 
Developmental Disabilities (VIDD) at Virginia Commonwealth 
University, in collaboration with the Virginia Department 
of Education.  This initiative seeks to improve the 
experiences of students, parents, and school personnel 
related to the delivery of special education services.

One of the activities of the ISEE Project is to support 
several demonstration sites.  During the past three school 
years, about 150 school teams have visited one of the ISEE 
demonstration sites.  During the 1999-2000 school year, 
additional school teams are invited to visit these ISEE 
demonstration schools to learn about their delivery of 
special education services, to interact with their staff, 
and to use these sites as resources for improving special 
education service delivery. 

The attached flyer outlines information about these 
demonstration opportunities and how schools can 
participate.  Please pass this information along to your 
schools.  If you need additional information, contact 
Melanie Sterling, ISEE Project Director, Virginia Institute 
for Developmental Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth 
University, at (804) 827-0197 or Chet Walrod, Specialist, 
Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special 
Education and Student Services, at (804) 786-9775.

PDS: kts

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