Superintendent's Memo #116-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 1, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Middle School Association 20th Annual Conference

The Virginia Middle School Association (VMSA) is pleased to announce its 20th Annual Conference on Friday, October 16, 2009, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, Virginia.  Dr. Marilyn Friend will present the keynote address focusing on inclusive practices in middle level education.  Dr. Friend is currently Chairperson and Professor of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where she teaches coursework on inclusive practices and collaboration among service providers. 

The one-day format for the annual conference will focus on content specific breakout sessions for all middle level educators as well as inclusive practices to engage all learners.   To register for this conference, please visit

For additional information please contact Kathryn Bremner, Executive Director, VMSA, by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 730-1492; or Dr. Lois Williams, STEM coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 786-8078.

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