Superintendent's Memo #107-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 15, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: From Vision to Practice Seventh Annual Institute: From Cradle to Career - Pathways to Success

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the seventh annual "From Vision to Practice Institute: From Cradle to Career - Pathways to Success," to be held July 12-14, 2011, at the Marriott Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Institute will focus on Virginia’s College and Career Readiness Initiative and identify best practices and interventions for prekindergarten through high school that will contribute to increased graduation rates and postsecondary and career opportunities. 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 preparing for postsecondary and career success.

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 Friday, June 24, 2011.  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 24, 2011. Participants may register online for the Institute at:

Lodging – Lodging costs for July 11-13, 2011, for those outside of a fifty mile radius of Williamsburg will be paid by the Department. The room cost will be masterbilled to the Department upon departure. Room reservations must be made by Friday, June 24, 2011.  A block of rooms has been reserved from July 11-13, 2011. It is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations. To reserve a room, contact the Marriott Hotel at (800)442-3654, and reference "Virginia Department of Education, From Vision to Practice Institute."

Directions – Directions for the Marriott Hotel may be found at:

Authorized Expenses – vening 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 Friday, June 24, 2011, at (540) 231-1779 or (540)231-5182 or

For questions, please contact: Patience Scott, education specialist, at or (804)786-9935; or Duane Sergent, education specialist, at or (804) 371-2929; or Marsha Granderson, grants and reports manager, at or (804)786-1993.