Superintendent’s Memo #010-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 12, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  AdvancED SACS 2012 Annual Conference

The Virginia AdvancED SACS Council extends an invitation to all division superintendents, principals, assistant principals, instructional leaders, and teachers to attend the 2012 Annual AdvancED SACS Conference entitled Inspire, Create, and Accelerate.  The conference will be held February 27-28, 2012, at The Williamsburg Hospitality House in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The conference will provide quality professional development sessions designed to explore how accreditation and school improvement can increase school and district effectiveness. In addition, small group sessions will be offered on a variety of topics. Information will be shared regarding the new AdvancED Standards, Adaptive System of School Improvement Support Tools (ASSIST), protocol, and tools that will be used by schools and districts for Quality Assurance Review visits beginning July 2012.  These new components of the accreditation process have been designed to positively impact student performance.

The Williamsburg Hospitality House has reserved a block of rooms for conference participants at a special rate of $72.00 per night. Hotel reservations can be made directly with the hotel by calling 757-229-4020.

Register online at the AdvancED Web site at: Click on the professional development link on this site. Please register by February 7 to take advantage of the early $150 conference registration rate. After this date, the registration rate will be $175.  If you have questions about the conference or need additional information, please call Hilda Kelly at 804-225-2814 or Dr. Patricia Golding at 540-520-8600.