P.O. BOX 2120



December 14, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Educational Facility Planners Conference

March 3-4, 2008


The Virginia Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) conference will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia, on March 3-4, 2008. This will be a two-day interactive workshop on educational facilities and planning. Attached is a brochure describing the conference that the Department of Education is co-sponsoring with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI & SU) Division of Continuing Education.


The conference will include an exhibit of recently completed school projects, as well as school construction projects in progress in Virginia. A jury will judge the completed projects and plaques will be presented to the architects and winning schools in four categories.


The registration fee includes lunch, a reception, and a dinner banquet on Monday, and continental breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. If you wish to stay at the hotel on Monday night, the conference rate is $114.00 (single) or $134.00 (double), plus tax.


This year, the keynote speaker is Mr. Mark David Milliron, Ph.D., President and CEO of Catalyze Learning International (CLI). His address is titled New Generations of Learning and he will speak about how the mix of multiple generations teaching and learning together creates a complex educational process; how mobile devices, gaming, social networking, and high-impact presentation technologies and analytics are presenting new challenges to in-class and online learning environments; and what we can do to retain the human touch in making these learning environments sustainable.


On Tuesday March 4, 2008, Michael Hall, AIA, REFP, LEED AP, will present a general session on The Rosenwald Initiative titled Is It Really About The Kids? In addition, there will be a pre-conference workshop on Planning School Safety and twelve sessions covering different educational facilities topics.


The conference will provide attendees with a variety of topics that cover various aspects of educational facility design and maintenance. I hope that you or someone from your staff will attend this conference and contribute your experiences to the forum. There also will be an election of new officers for the coming year in which we hope you will participate.


Please register directly with VPI & SU for the conference and/or lodging using the form in the attached brochure. For questions regarding the program, please call Vijay Ramnarain, Office of Support Services, at (804) 225-2035.