Superintendent's Memo #210-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 7, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Disproportionality Fall Institute - Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Aligning Resources for Improved Student Outcomes

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the fall Institute addressing disproportionality, " Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Aligning Resources for Improved Student Outcomes," to be held September 30 – October 1, 2009, at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. The focus of the Institute is to partner with instructional leaders to examine general education practices and early intervention strategies that may contribute to fewer students being referred for special education services. Particular emphasis will be on instruction for reading and mathematics, as well as behavior challenges for minority students. The Institute will include a planning session to provide an opportunity for every school division to examine its procedures for promoting student success. The recommended participation for this Institute is a team of at least three from a school division, particularly instructional administrators, coordinators, and principals.

Registration – Online registration will be handled by The link to the online registration is School divisions should designate one individual to register a maximum of three participants from their divisions to attend. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 11, 2009. There is no registration fee for the Institute. Materials, breakfast, lunch and breaks will be provided. Participants are asked to be present for all activities. Please direct your logistical questions or concerns to Crystal Christmas-Best, at 804-371-0352.

Lodging – A block of rooms has been reserved for September 30, 2009, at the state rate of $96.00 for single occupancy and $116.00 for double occupancy. Participants are responsible for their own reservations and lodging costs. For reservations at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, call 540-853-8241. Please reference the Virginia Department of Education Disproportionality Institute when making your reservations.

For questions, please contact Vivian Stith-Williams, student services specialist, at or 804-225-4543.

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