P.O. BOX 2120



March 16, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



An Invitation to Attend Virginias Summit for Educational Leadership: A Call to Action


The Department of Education and the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI) invite you to attend the Virginia Summit for Educational Leadership: A Call to Action on May 2-3, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 555 East Canal Street, Richmond, Virginia. The summit will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, with a reception and dinner that includes an address from Dr. Richard Laine,

director of education, at The Wallace Foundation.


Featured speakers for Thursday, May 3, include the 2005 National High School Principal of the Year, Dr. Mel Riddile, of Alexandria City Public Schools; the 2005 National Middle School Principal of the Year, Sharon Byrdsong, of Norfolk City Public Schools; and Virginias 2006 candidate for National Distinguished Principal, Susan Bridges, of Culpeper County Public Schools. Sessions will be led by Andy Cole, Director of LEAD Fairfax and Leadership Development for Fairfax County Public Schools. The LEAD Fairfax project was funded by The Wallace Foundation.


Nearly six years ago, the Commonwealth joined 14 states in the State Action for Educational Leadership Project (SAELP), funded by The Wallace Foundation, to develop and support effective leaders with the goal of improving student achievement. As a result of this initiative, significant changes have been made in Virginia, including the requirement of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) for the administration and supervision endorsement; stronger partnerships among school divisions, institutions of higher education preparing school leaders, and professional organizations; and the creation of the Commonwealth Educational Roundtable by the 2007 Virginia General Assembly.


I encourage you to participate in the summit on May 2-3 to meet with educational colleagues, professional organization representatives, and other school leaders to renew our commitment to the continued improvement of educational leadership in Virginias public schools. Please refer to the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute Web page at to register and obtain more information about the summit. There is no registration fee, and meals will be provided. The agenda for the summit will be available on CEPIs Web page on April 1.


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Doug Fiore, CEPI consultant, Virginia Commonwealth University, by telephone at (804) 200-3772 or by e-mail at