P.O. BOX 2120



May 17, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Family Literacy Institute, September 18-20, 2002


You are invited to participate in the Virginia Family Literacy Institute, September 18-20, 2002, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The theme, United in Learning, reflects the combined sponsorship by the Offices of Elementary Instructional Services and Adult Education and Literacy of the Virginia Department of Education. The target audience is early childhood and elementary educators, adult educators, program coordinators, family literacy providers, principals, tutors, curriculum specialists, community and business partners, and parents.


The Virginia Family Literacy Institute will feature general and concurrent sessions that will provide participants with new ideas on early childhood education, adult literacy instruction, parent and child together time, parent education, collaborative partnerships, special needs populations, exemplary program models, and program management. A preliminary conference program synopsis is provided in Attachment A.



A conference registration form is provided with this memo (see Attachment B). Please duplicate the form as needed and share this information with persons who would be interested in attending the institute. The deadline for registration is August 30, 2002. The registration form should be sent to the following address:


Conference Registrar, Division of Continuing Education810
University City Boulevard, Suite D
Virginia Tech, Mail Code 0272
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Phone: 540-231-5185
Fax: 540-231-3306


Hotel Reservations (by August 19, 2002)

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center will house all the institute programs. Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning June 1, by contacting the hotel as listed in the announcement. 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 September 2002). Individuals are responsible for their lodging bill, including taxes and incidentals, meals that are not included in registration, and travel expenses.


Call for Presenters

Individuals or teams from the target audience are invited to showcase best practices in family literacy, early childhood education, and adult education. The presentation application is provided in Attachment C and should be returned by July 12 to:


Gwen H. Smith, Specialist for Literacy Projects

Office of Adult Education

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120


We look forward to seeing you in September. If you need additional information, please contact Gwen H. Smith (, specialist for literacy projects, at (804) 225-3997.