P.O. BOX 2120



October 21, 2005



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Elementary and Middle School Principals Professional Development Conference on November 9-11, 2005 Hot Springs, 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 November 9-11, 2005, at the Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia. This annual statewide event is designed to develop and 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 Cultivating New Leadership: What Will Be Your Legacy. 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).


Guest speakers, as well as concurrent presenters, will address issues related to Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and children with disabilities, new reporting requirements under IDEA, data driven IEP, collaboration and inclusion for students with disabilities, and legal process for conducting investigations. Department of Education staff members will bring updates on timely issues such as an alternative route to principal licensure, accountability and assessment, and modifications to the 2005-06 Academic Review Process. Implementation of the Standards of Learning, as well as implementation of the provisions of NCLB will also continue to be a focus of the conference.


The pre-conference, 21st Century Skills: The Power of Digital Education is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9. The keynote speaker is Allyson Knox, academic program manager for the U.S. Partners in Learning Microsoft Corporation. Ms. Knox will focus on the power of digital learning. Topics for the pre-conference will include training by DOE staff for Virginias Educational Information Management System (EIMS), a management system for principals, and the Marco Polo system for improving instructional resources. The Bedford County Sheriffs Department will share its nationally recognized program for attacking the issues of Internet crime against children. Presenters will provide the most current information regarding the latest in technology for teaching and learning.


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