P.O. BOX 2120
October 16, 2001
TO: Principals
FROM: Patricia I. Wright
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Thomas L. Shortt, Executive Director
Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals

SUBJECT: Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference November 29-December 1, 2001 – Registration Material and Agenda


The Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) are pleased to provide you with registration material and a program agenda for the 2001 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals Annual Conference. This conference will be held November 29 – December 1, 2001, at the Williamsburg Marriott in Williamsburg, Virginia. The VAESP and the VDOE co-sponsor this outstanding professional development opportunity on an annual basis. "Ringing in a New Era: Standards – Accountability – Assessment – Achievement" is the theme of this year’s conference, which is designed for principals, assistant principals, division superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, supervisors, college personnel, and administrators of nonpublic elementary and middle schools.


Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday, November 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. featuring Drs. Doug Reeves and James S. Heywood, and Mr. D. Patrick Lacy, Esq.   Drs. Reeves and Heywood will focus on data and performance assessment, as well as improving student achievement. Mr. Lacy will focus on school law issues related to principals’ documentation and the evaluation of teachers.

Annual Conference

The annual conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 30 and conclude on Saturday, December 1. Keynote speakers for the conference include Drs. Robert J. Marzano and John Pikulski, as well as Ms. Sharon Darling, the National Director of the National Center on Family Literacy. Dr. Marzano’s presentation will focus on research-based classroom strategies for increasing student achievement. Dr. Pikulski will address issues related to fine-tuning instruction to increase student achievement. Ms. Darling's topic centers on current issues regarding family literacy and how it impacts student preparedness and successful function in school.

Staff members from the Department of Education, including the Division of Instruction, Division of Accountability, Division of Assessment and Reporting, and the Division of Technology will share the most recent update on issues that impact achievement, assessment, accountability, and accreditation at the state level.

Concurrent and single sessions, which will be conducted by principals, teachers, and central office personnel from across the commonwealth, include the following: strategies for analyzing classroom practices and methods for improving instruction; monitoring SOL implementation; analyzing and interpreting assessment data to improve instruction; and the many uses of education technology. Additional sessions will include strategies for improving student achievement through intervention and remediation.

The Williamsburg Marriott will house all the conference programs this year. Hotel accommodations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. Please contact The Williamsburg Marriott at 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the VAESP conference rate. All rooms not confirmed with a reservation by November 12, 2001, will be released to the general public.

Enclosed is a conference registration form. Please duplicate the forms as needed for others in your building who are interested in attending the conference. The registration form must be completed and returned to Fall Conference, VAESP, 2116 Dabney Road, Suite A-4, Richmond, VA 23230-3341 no later than November 12, 2001.

We look forward to seeing you in November. If you have questions about the conference or desire additional information, please contact VAESP at the following: e-mail, telephone 804-355-6791, or fax 804-355-1196. You may also register on the VAESP website