P.O. BOX 2120



April 5, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Announcing the Career and Technical Education Professional Development Institute,

August 4-7, 2002


You are invited to participate in the Career and Technical Education Professional Development Institute, August 4-7, 2002, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The theme, Putting Knowledge to Work, will focus on practitioners sharing best practices that raise expectations and increase student achievement at the middle school and high school levels. The target audience is career and technical educators from middle and high schools, technical centers, central offices, and those educators participating in High Schools That Work and Tech Prep. Our theme, Putting Knowledge to Work, places major emphasis on career and technical education.


The Career and Technical Education Professional Development Institute is funded in part by federal funds to assist in meeting the professional development requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Act and Virginias approved state plan. These requirements include providing comprehensive professional development for career and technical, academic, guidance, and administrative personnel in state-of-the-art career and technical education programs and techniques, effective teaching skills based on research, effective practices to improve parental and community involvement and to ensure that these educators stay current with the needs, expectations, and methods of industry.


Call for Presenters

Individuals or teams from the target audience are invited to showcase best practices that support the professional development requirements identified above. The presentation application should be returned by April 26 to:


Roy A. Carter

Virginia Department of Education

P. O. Box 2120

Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120


Registration Fees:

Before June 8 $95

After June 8 - $120

Registration for the institute includes continental breakfast and refreshment breaks daily, dinner on Sunday, and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. The institute registration forms should be returned by June 7 to:


Registrar, Division of Continuing Education

Virginia Tech, Mail Code 0272

810 University City Boulevard, Suite D

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061



Hotel Reservations (by June 7, 2002)

Participants must call the hotel of choice, as listed in the announcement, to make lodging reservations. Lodging rates are $59 (plus tax) for a single room and $79 (plus tax) for a double/triple/quad room (or the prevailing state rate in August 2002). Individuals are responsible for their lodging bill, including taxes and incidentals, meals that are not included in registration, and travel expenses.


If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Neils W. Brooks (, director, career and technical education services, at (804) 225-2847 or Roy A. Carter (, program improvement specialist, at (804) 225-3370.