Superintendent's Memo #287-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 16, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) 2009 Conference

The Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) extends an invitation to all division superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and instructional leaders to attend the 2009 Annual VASCD Conference entitled Building Communities That Support Rigorous Student Learning. The Conference will be held December 2-4, 2009, at the Williamsburg Marriott, Williamsburg, Virginia.

The preconference on December 2 will provide a workshop conducted by Marcia Tate. Ms. Tate's topic will be "Shouting Won't Grow Dendrites - 20 Techniques on Managing a Brain Compatible Classroom."

Attendees will be provided opportunities on December 3-4 to hear comments from Ken Kay addressing "Is it a Fad? Why the Economy Won't Let 21st Century Skills Go Away"; Will Richardson will address "Anywhere, Anytime Classrooms: Teaching and Learning in a Networked World"; Bill Daggett will address "Taking Rigor and Relevance from Concept to Reality"; and Heidi Hayes-Jacobs will address "Professional Growth for 21st Century Teachers." The Conference will provide a variety of breakout sessions presented by practicing educators from across the Commonwealth.

The Williamsburg Marriott has reserved rooms for conference attendees at a discounted rate. To reserve a room, please contact the Williamsburg Marriott at (757) 220-2500.

Online registration and downloadable registration forms are available on the VASCD website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov If you have questions about the Conference or need additional information, please call VASCD at (540) 832-7666 or e-mail them at