P.O. BOX 2120



March 16, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



From Vision to Practice Third Annual Academy: Literacy Beyond the Early Years, July 10-12, 2007


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the third annual From Vision to Practice Academy: Literacy Beyond the Early Years, July 10-12, 2007, at the Holiday Inn Select Richmond-Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia. The goal of the academy will be to assist school divisions with increasing student achievement in literacy in grades 4-12. The academy is open to administrators, teachers, and educational support staff.


Registration - The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration. School divisions should designate one individual to register all divisionwide participants. A maximum of four participants from each division may be enrolled. The deadline for registration is June 1, 2007. If indicated on the registration form that additional staff are interested in attending the academy, the designee will be informed if space is available after June 5, 2007. Participants may register online for the academy at Attachment A contains the agenda for each day of the academy. Pre-registration is required for the all-day sessions on July 11, 2007.


Lodging - The cutoff date for room reservations is June 22, 2007. A block of rooms has been reserved from July 9-11, 2007, at three hotels at the state rate of $81 per night (excluding taxes and surcharges). Please reference Department of Education, From Vision to Practice Academy.

For reservations at The Holiday Inn Select Richmond-Koger South Conference Center, call (888) 400-9714. Overflow lodging has been arranged at: Sheraton Park South,(804)323-1144 and Amerisuites (planned name change to Hyatt Place), (804)560-1566 or 1-(877)774-6461.


Directions - Hotel directions may be found at:

Holiday Inn Select-Koger South Conference Center:;

Sheraton Park South:;

Amerisuites (Hyatt Place):


Authorized Expenses - Lodging, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of attendees; however, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I; Title II, Part A; Title III; and Title V, Part A, budgets. Materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Participants are asked to be present for all meal functions. 


Cancellation If participants need to cancel their reservations, please contact the hotel directly, as well as Dawn Bradbury, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than June 1, 2007, at or (540)231-5182.


For questions, please contact Ann Sheehan, Title I specialist at or (804)371-2932.