P.O. BOX 2120




October 11, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference November 6-8, 2002 Registration Material and Agenda


The Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) announce the 2002 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference to be held at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg. This conference will be held November 6-8, 2002. The VAESP and the VDOE co-sponsor this outstanding professional development opportunity on an annual basis. Building a Common Wealth of Leaders and Achievers is the theme of this years conference. This conference is designed to meet the needs of principals and assistant principals of elementary and middle schools, as well as appropriate central office personnel.




Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, November 6 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. featuring Dr. Rodger Taylor. Dr. Taylor will focus on how to apply local and state standards (SOL) to the curriculum so that students are taught based on how they learn best rather than what is on the test.


Annual Conference


The annual conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 7, and conclude on Friday, November 8. The focus of the conference will include the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The provisions of this act as they relate to principals will be addressed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction at the opening session of the conference. Other keynote speakers for the conference include Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III who will speak on the topic of Academic Leadership: Creating a Climate of Success for All Students. Dr. Lorraine Monroes topic, Nothings Impossible; Leadership Lessons from Inside and Outside the Classroom will highlight her experiences as leader of the renowned Frederick Douglas Academy in Central Harlem. In his presentation, Teaching Your Buffaloes to Fly: Leading Your Organization in Turbulent Times, Dr. Harvey Perkins will share with attendees how they can find a balance between their personal and professional lives.


No Child Left Behind and Other Breakouts


Staff members from the Department of Education, including the Division of Instructional Services, Division of Accountability Services, Division of Assessment and Reporting, and the Division of Policy and Communications will share the most recent update on how the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 will impact achievement, assessment, accountability, and accreditation at the state and federal levels.


Concurrent sessions, which will be conducted by principals, teachers, and central office personnel from across the commonwealth, include: reading; policy implications of the NCLB; the PASS initiative; lessons learned from the academic reviews; strategies for analyzing classroom practices and methods for improving instruction; monitoring SOL implementation; analyzing and interpreting assessment data to improve instruction; and the many uses of education technology. Additional sessions will include strategies for improving student achievement through intervention and remediation.


Please share the attached information with principals and other key instructional leaders in your division. As always, we appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our partnership in providing students in the commonwealth the education they need.


If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please contact VAESP at the following: e-mail; telephone 804-355-6791; or fax 804-355-1196.