P.O. BOX 2120




January 21, 2005




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction




A Title I Technical Assistance Institute: Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Successful Practices from National, State, and Local Perspectives



The Department of Education is pleased to announce a No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) policy and practice institute entitled Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Successful Practices from National, State, and Local Perspectives. The institute will be held on March 1-2, 2005, at the Richmond Sheraton Park South. Included among the topics will be Title I School Improvement requirements (public school choice, supplemental educational services, and corrective actions); highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals requirements; Title I Schoolwide Program planning, coordination of school and division improvement plans, addressing the academic needs of the NCLB subgroups; and parental involvement.


The institute will focus on the above topics through an examination of current implementation models and strategies from three different perspectives: 1) national implementation models presented by the U. S. Department of Education and by regional educational laboratories or other established educational organizations or experts; 2) examples of successful implementation practices researched or observed by the Virginia Department of Education; and 3) successful models and practices presented by local school divisions.


In addition, Dr. Joseph F. Johnson will provide the keynote address on the first day of the institute. As director of compensatory education programs at the U.S. Department of Education from July 2000 to July 2002, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in defining NCLB policy during the legislations infancy. He now leads the policy council at the Ohio Department of Education as a special assistant to the superintendent.

Dr. Johnson is also a noted author of numerous articles, reports, chapters, and books that describe lessons learned from the study of successful schools.


All school divisions are invited to bring teams composed of the superintendent (or designee), the Title I coordinator, and principals of schools in Title I School Improvement.


The institute will begin on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at 8:30 a.m., and conclude at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2005. Registration will be managed by the Outreach Program Services at Virginia Tech. Materials, meals, and breaks will be provided. Participants are asked to be present for all meal functions. For those in need of lodging, a block of rooms at the state government rate has been reserved until February 15, 2005. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel at 804-323-1144. When making reservations, please refer to the DOE NCLB Institute in order to secure the single or the double occupancy rate of $74 plus taxes. Lodging and travel costs to and from the institute will be the responsibility of the attendees; however, these related institute expenses are authorized activities and can be charged to your local Title I budget, pending availability of funding.


Attachment A contains a registration form to be returned by fax on or before February 15, 2005, to Nancy Rakes, conference registrar, Outreach Program Services at Virginia Tech. Her fax number is 540-231-3306. If for any reason your attendance plans change, please cancel your reservations with the hotel, and contact Nancy Rakes ( at Virginia Tech. Hotel directions may be found at


If you have questions about the content of the institute, please contact Doris (Gabie) Frazier (, Title I specialist, at 804-225-2907. For registration information, please contact Nancy Rakes (, conference registrar with Virginia Tech, at 540-231-5182.