Superintendent's Memo #025-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 6, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Assistant Principal/Lead Teacher Professional Development Conference

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) extend an invitation to all principals, assistant principals, lead teachers, and other professional educators to participate in the 2009 Annual Assistant Principal/Lead Teacher Professional Development Conference. The conference will be held March 23-24, 2009, at the Williamsburg Marriott, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia.

The conference will open with a message from the Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, followed by an outstanding lineup of educational leaders, including former Superintendent of Public Instruction Billy K. Cannaday, Jr., and Hanover County Division Superintendent Stewart D. Roberson.

Opening day features special sessions and breakouts presented by Virginia Department of Education specialists on various topics including: Update and Implementation of 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning; Newly Developed Number and Number Sense Mathematics Module to Support Instruction of the Mathematics Standards of Learning; How to Develop Cross-curricular Units that are Aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning; Elementary Reading Program Planning and Implementation Tool; and Making It Real: Making Real Improvements in Reading Through Real Teaching. In addition, VAESP’s legal expert, Kathy Mehfoud, will be providing an update focusing on the legal aspects of being an assistant principal or lead teacher, and Alice Koziol, director of curriculum and student achievement, York County, will discuss how high student achievement can be gained through the use of effective leadership skills and knowledge of instruction. Patricia G. Mathes, Ph.D., renowned reading intervention expert, will provide the afternoon keynote address on March 23, 2009.

Tuesday’s agenda includes additional breakout sessions on school safety, increasing academic achievement by reducing discipline challenges, new board requirements for school administrators, and navigating the politics of the principalship. The closing keynote address by Mr. Ron Nash, author of "The Active Classroom", will model strategies teachers can use to engage students in classroom conversations intended to improve critical thinking skills.

Attendees will have a chance to network and discuss the hot topics of the state of education in the Commonwealth.

If you have questions about the conference or need additional information, please call VAESP at (804) 355-6791, fax (804) 355-1196, e-mail or visit the VAESP website at