Superintendent's Memo #108-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 15, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 84th Annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition
                June 27 June 29, 2011 (School Law Clinic, June 26, 2011)

Virginia’s only statewide conference for middle level and high school principals is the Annual Virginia Middle and High School Principals Conference & Exposition.  For 83 years, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) have collaborated to develop and enhance middle and high school administrators’ leadership skills, increase their understanding of current educational issues, and expand their knowledge base for success. The 2011 conference will be held June 27 – June 29, 2011, at the Williamsburg Marriott, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia.  A cordial invitation is extended to principals, assistant principals, division superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, supervisors, college personnel, and administrators of nonpublic middle and high schools to attend.

The theme for this year’s conference is "Positioning Your Leadership Strategy." The performance accountability of students, teachers and educational administrators has never commanded more attention than now. Although the Commonwealth has policies, metrics, and rubrics in place, principals need to not only be comfortable in their knowledge of these performance indicators, but also be able to implement them effectively, synergistically, and strategically. How a principal positions his/her leadership strategy is paramount to the success of these endeavors. It is important that school principals set school expectations that incorporate national, state, and local mandates in guiding student achievement, requiring quality instructional delivery and pursuing leadership goals for success.

The VDOE Colloquium will address recent state mandates and the school leadership expectations of principals. In addition, the Colloquium will focus on resources and implementation strategies that have been successfully used in schools to improve instruction in the core curriculum areas – mathematics, science, English, and history/social science.

The Professional Practices Symposium will focus on exemplary practices in content delivery for students in today’s schools. The fast-paced learning environment necessitated by the global economy requires a competitive edge. Principals must understand, appreciate and implement effective performance systems.

Pre-conference activities on Sunday, June 26, 2011, will include the School Law Clinic and the Data Management Workshop for Principals. Major concurrent sessions will include pertinent topics identified in the recent statewide 2011 Middle Level and High School Principals Needs Assessment which include nine (9) strands: 1) School Leadership, Administration, and Management; 2) SOL/Curriculum and Instruction/Remediation; 3) SOA/Accountability; 4) NCLB/AYP/Teacher Quality/LEP/Special Education; 5) Assessment and Data Analysis; 6) Instructional Technology; 7) Student Services and Programs (e.g., school safety, discipline, dropout prevention); 8) Personal (e.g., stress management, time management, health and fitness awareness); and 9) Educational Law and Policy.

The 2011 summer conference will officially begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2011. A preliminary conference program synopsis, Conference Preliminary Schedule, is provided in Attachment A. The detailed announcement about the general session speakers, workshop presenters, topics, etc., will be mailed to you in mid-May and will be posted on the VASSP Web site.

The Williamsburg Marriott will house all the conference programs. A conference registration form (see Attachment B) is provided with this memorandum. Please duplicate the form as needed and share this information with persons who would be interested in attending the conference. To take advantage of EARLY REGISTRATION, the registration form must be completed and returned by May 26, 2011, to Summer Conference, VASSP, 4909 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.

Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we encourage you to return the enclosed accommodations application form (see Attachment C) as soon as possible. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by May 27, 2011, will be released.

The hotel accommodation form is to be sent via U.S. Mail directly to the Williamsburg Marriott. Only the enclosed official accommodation form will be accepted by the hotel. As in past years, the hotel will not accept telephone requests for room reservations (this includes facsimile), written letters, online, or in-person requests. This procedure helps to assure some degree of fairness so that everyone has an opportunity to receive the conference announcement and respond in a timely fashion.

We look forward to seeing you in June. If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please visit the VASSP Web site at or call the Association at (804) 355-2777.



  1. Conference Preliminary Schedule (PDF)
  2. Early Registration Form (Word)
  3. Accommodation Form (Word)