P.O. BOX 2120



October 8, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Elementary and Middle School Principals Professional Development Conference on October 20-22, 2004 Williamsburg, Virginia


The Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and the Virginia Department of Education extend an invitation to all principals, assistant principals, and other professional educators within your school division to participate in the Annual Principals Leadership Conference to be held October 20-22, 2004, at the Williamsburg Marriott, Williamsburg, Virginia. This annual, statewide event is designed to develop and to enhance elementary and middle school administrators leadership skills, increase their understanding of current educational issues, and expand their knowledge base for educational change. The theme for this years conference is Building Leadership for Life. Guest speakers, concurrent presenters, and roundtable discussions will focus on student assessment, accountability, instructional leadership, school management, and the ongoing challenges associated with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.


Guest speakers, as well as concurrent presenters, will address issues related to instructional leadership, school management, and strategies to enhance teaching and learning. Implementation of the Standards of Learning, as well as implementation of the provisions of NCLB will continue to be a focus of the conference. The implications for elementary and middle school administrators of the National Association of Elementary School Principals landmark publication Leading Learning Communities: Standards for What Principals Should Know and Be Able to Do will be featured throughout the conference.


The pre-conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, and the conference will be held October 21-22. The opening speaker for the pre-conference is Ms. Kathleen S. Mehfoud, who is a leading attorney working with students with disabilities. Ms. Mehfoud will focus on Helping Students with Disabilities Meet AYP in Reading and Mathematics. Conference speakers include Dr. Ross Greene, Dealing with the Explosive Child; Dr. Pedro Noguera, Gaining a Perspective on Success and Failure in American Education; and Dr. Robert Lynn Canady, A Personal Perspective on Assessment and Achievement Over the Past 50 Years.


Registration for the conference is available at We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have questions about the conference or need additional information, please call VAESP at (804) 355-6791 or e-mail