P.O. BOX 2120



April 25, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Principal and Central Office Personnel:

Preview Meeting on Effective Schoolwide

Discipline in Virginia


In the spring 2005, the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Special Education Instructional Services initiated a series of meetings for principals to introduce Effective Schoolwide Discipline (ESD), a statewide initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. Virginia's ESD Project is based on accumulated research on positive behavioral supports. To date, one hundred three (103) schools have participated in statewide ESD training.


The Department's commitment to build capacity among Virginia schools has prompted this invitation for additional schools to participate in ESD training in the 2008/2009 school year. In August/September 2008, the Virginia Department of Education will offer preview meetings for principals and central office staff in the following eight superintendents regions at which time discussion will focus on the ESD Project and upcoming training.


At this ESD Preview Meeting, principals and central office staff will receive an ESD Readiness Packet that contains all the necessary information and timelines to apply for the next round of training in ESD.


The meetings in each region have been scheduled as follows:


Regions 1/8

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

John Tyler Community College

13101 Jefferson Davis Highway

Chester, Virginia 23832

Registration Deadline: July 25, 2008


Regions 2/3

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Omni Newport News Hotel

1000 Omni Blvd.

Newport News, Virginia 23606

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2008


Region 4

Monday, August 18, 2008

Prince William George Mason University Campus Verizon Auditorium

10900 University Blvd.

Manassas, Virginia 20110

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2008


Region 5

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Courtyard Marriott Charlottesville University Medical Center

1201 West Main Street

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2008


Region 6

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Avenue

Roanoke, VA 24016

Registration Deadline: August 29, 2008


Region 7

Monday, August 25, 2008

Martha Washington Inn

150 West Main Street

Abingdon, Virginia 24210

Registration Deadline: August 8, 2008


If you decide that the ESD Project would meet a need in your school division, please encourage principals and central office staff to register online at Each person who registers will receive a confirmation notice.


You will find additional information on the Effective Schoolwide Discipline Project at The website includes a booklet entitled An Introduction to Effective Schoolwide Discipline in Virginia and a description of Virginia's ESD Project, both of which are in a printable PDF file.


For further information, please contact Irene Walker-Bolton (, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services at (804) 225-2709.