Superintendent's Memo #101-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 30, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: From Vision to Practice Sixth Annual Institute -Seven Million Minutes from Prekindergarten to Graduation, Part II

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the sixth annual "From Vision to Practice Institute: Seven Million Minutes From Prekindergarten to Graduation," to be held July 13-15, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia. The focus of the Institute is to identify best practices and interventions that will support increased graduation rates. The Institute will include a planning session to provide the opportunity for every school division team to develop a plan for increasing the graduation rate. The recommended attendees for the Institute are: 1) administrators; 2) principals; 3) teachers; 4) school counselors; 5) pupil service personnel, or others who provide support to students in the area of high school completion.

The "From Vision to Practice Institute" tentative agenda may be viewed at:

Registration - The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will manage online registration. School divisions should designate one individual to register a maximum of five participants from their division. The deadline for registration is June 23, 2010. If the registration form submitted indicates that additional staff members are interested in attending the Institute, the designee will be informed if space is available after June 23, 2010. Participants may register online for the Institute at:

Lodging - Lodging costs for July 12-14, 2010, for those outside of the Richmond Metropolitan area will be paid by the Department. However, it is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations. The room cost will be master-billed to the Department upon departure. Room reservations must be made by June 23, 2010. A block of rooms has been reserved from July 12-14, 2010, at two hotels. When making reservations, please reference "Virginia Department of Education, From Vision to Practice Institute."

For reservations at the Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center, call (800)397-1034. For reservations at the overflow lodging site, call the Sheraton Park South, at (804)323-1144.

Directions - Hotel directions may be found at the following links:

Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center:

Sheraton Park South:

Authorized Expenses - Evening meals, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of attendees; however, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; or Title IV, Part B, budgets. Materials, breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Participants are asked to be present for all meal functions.

Cancellation - If participants need to cancel their reservations, please contact the hotel directly, as well as Dawn Bradbury, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than June 23, 2010, at (540) 231-1779 or (540)231-5182 or e-mail

For questions, please contact: Carol Sylvester, Title II, Part A, specialist, at or (804)371-0908; or Lolethia Kibble, Title II, Part A, specialist, at or (804) 786-9952; or Marsha Granderson, grants and reports manager, at or (804)786-9937.