P.O. BOX 2120

January 19, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Teacher Quality Conference, March 1-2, 2001

The Division of Teacher Education and Licensure in the state Department of Education, in collaboration with the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards Network, is pleased to extend an invitation to teachers, school leaders and human resource personnel to participate in a Virginia Teacher Quality Conference to be held on March 1-2, 2001, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Richmond. Registration for the conference will begin at 11 a.m. on March 1. There is no registration fee and the conference sponsors will cover the cost of meals, registration, and other conference materials.

A reception and banquet honoring the 2001 Milken Educators in Virginia is scheduled for Thursday evening, March 1 at 6 p.m. This celebration will afford the four Milken Educators selected in Virginia for 2001 the opportunity to receive recognition with their families, colleagues, and school officials for their excellence in public education. The conference will conclude about 4 p.m. on March 2. Participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation costs. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Hotel until February 21, 2001, at the rate of $77 per night for double or single occupancy. Please contact the Crowne Plaza Hotel at (804) 788-0900 to make your hotel reservations.

The theme of this year’s conference is Teacher Quality: Enhancing the Profession that Improves Student Learning. In addition to the general sessions, several concurrent, interactive sessions will be offered. Concurrent sessions are divided into four major strands that focus on the following areas: 1) teacher preparation; 2) the teaching and learning environment; 3) teacher recruitment and retention; and, 4) teacher support, development, and assessment. Mary Buday, director of teacher leadership development, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, will be the featured opening conference speaker on March 1 at noon. Members of the Virginia Milken Educator Awards Network, 2001 Virginia Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified teachers, and other local and national distinguished educators will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss initiatives to enhance the teaching profession.

This conference promises to be an enlightening professional opportunity for all participants. Please share the attached registration form with teachers and school leaders in your school division.

Questions regarding the conference may be directed to

Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, (, or

Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, education specialist, at (804) 692-0251,( Conference Response Forms should be faxed to Alice Bryant, administrative assistant, (804)786-6759, no later than February 16, 2001.