Superintendent's Memo #178-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 1, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2011-2012 Academy for New Special Education Directors

The first in a series of seminars for new special education directors is scheduled for September 13-14, 2011, in Richmond.  This seminar will provide an overall orientation to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and will include information on a variety of topics including state and federal data collection and reporting procedures, annual plans, changes to policies and regulations, Standards of Learning (SOL) instructional resources, as well as the use of assigned mentors.  The VDOE will sponsor additional seminars throughout the year addressing relevant topics in-depth for new directors.  A new special education director is defined as one who is new to their position and has not been a special education director in another location or was new after last year’s Academy.

If your division has employed a new special education director, please provide his/her name, position/title, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address so that we can invite him/her to participate in this Academy and the first orientation seminar.  This information should be faxed to Dr. Pat Abrams, director, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, at (804) 371-8796 or via e-mail