P.O. BOX 2120



May 14, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction




A Title I School Improvement Technical Assistance Forum to Share Effective Practices


The Department of Education is pleased to announce a No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) policy and practice forum entitled Sharing Effective Practices to Improve Student Achievement. The purpose of the forum is to examine Title I School Improvement sanctions under NCLB with an emphasis on presenting implementation strategies on topics that range from public school choice to restructuring school management.

All school divisions are invited to bring teams composed of the Title I coordinator, the staff development or human resources director, and another key instructional leader. School divisions with Title I schools currently in Year-One or Year-Two School Improvement status should also include the special education director on the team.

The forum will be held at the Hotel Roanoke at no on-site cost to participants. It will begin on Monday, July 19, 2004, at 8:30 a.m., and conclude at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20.

The four major strands of the forum are: 1) underachieving student populations and research-based promising practices; 2) high quality teachers and professional development; 3) public school choice and supplemental educational services; and 4) corrective action options under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 for Year-Three Title I schools in improvement.


At the conclusion of the meeting, a special Title I and Title III federal program monitoring technical assistance session for select school divisions will be held from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for forum participants who are directors of Title I and/or Title III programs. Staff from the Offices of Federal Program Monitoring and Program Administration and Accountability from the Department of Education will discuss the revised monitoring process. Additional information will be forthcoming to the selected school divisions.


Lodging and parking will be master billed and, therefore, not an incurred expense by the school division participant. However, by Friday, June 18, attendees must make overnight reservations for Sunday and/or Monday nights, as needed, directly with the Hotel Roanoke at (540) 985-5900. When making reservations, please refer to the DOE Sharing Effective Practices Forum in order to secure the single occupancy rate of $59 or the double occupancy rate of $79.


Travel cost to and from the forum will be the responsibility of the attendees; however, travel is an authorized activity and can be claimed from Title I funds with the approval of the school division. When arriving at the hotel, participants should indicate to the parking attendant and at check-in that they are with the DOE Sharing Effective Practices Forum. All meals are included and will be provided on-site. All participants are asked to be present for all meal functions.


Attachment A contains a registration form to be returned by June 18, 2004, to the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech. If for any reason your attendance plans change, please cancel your reservations with the hotel, and contact Patsy Dillon-Long at Virginia Tech at Hotel directions may be found at


If you have questions about the content of the forum, please contact Robert Bourdeaux, Title I specialist,, at (804) 225-2904 or Doris (Gabie) Frazier, Title I specialist,, at (804) 225-2907. For registration information, please contact Patsy Dillon-Long,, Virginia Tech, at (540) 231-5182.