Superintendent’s Memo #113-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 4, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  From Vision to Practice Eighth Annual Institute: The Future of Learning – A Shifting Landscape

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the eighth annual From Vision to Practice Institute, to be held July 10-12, 2012, at the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. The theme of this year’s Institute is The Future of Learning – A Shifting Landscape.

Education in the 21st century is undergoing a significant transformation.  The traditional concept of obtaining an education within the borders of the classroom walls is being expanded to include other forums for learning. Advances in technology and communications have ushered in an era of unprecedented information gathering and exchange by providing students with instant access to virtual resources.  At the same time, educators must find creative and flexible ways to address the needs of diverse learners in the context of increased accountability and limited resources.  This year’s Institute is designed to help educators find effective approaches for: 1) using 21st century resources and instructional tools to enhance learning experiences both in and out of the classroom; and 2) identifying resources to deliver meaningful instruction to all students in an engaging and relevant fashion.

The recommended attendees for the Institute are: 1) administrators; 2) principals; 3) teachers; 4) school counselors; and 5) pupil services personnel.

Additional information, including a tentative agenda, an online registration link, and lodging details, can be found at the following link:

Registration – The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will manage online registration.  School divisions should designate one individual to register a maximum of five participants from their division. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 15, 2012.  If the registration form submitted indicates that additional staff members are interested in attending the Institute, the designee will be informed if space is available after June 15, 2012.  Participants may register online for the Institute at the link above.

Lodging – Lodging costs for July 9-11, 2012, for those outside of a fifty mile radius of Williamsburg will be paid by the Department.  The room cost will be masterbilled to the Department upon departure. Room reservations must be made by Friday, June 15, 2012.  A block of rooms has been reserved from July 9-11, 2012.  It is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations.  To reserve a room, contact the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center at (757)220-2500, and reference “Virginia Department of Education, From Vision to Practice Institute.”

Authorized Expenses – Evening meals, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of attendees; however, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; or Title IV, Part B, budgets.  Materials, breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided.  Participants are asked to be present for all meal functions.

Cancellation – If participants need to cancel their reservations, please contact the hotel directly, as well as Dawn Bradbury, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than Friday, June 22, 2012, at (540) 231-1779 or (540)231-5182 or

For questions, please contact: Becky Marable, Title I Coordinator, at or (804)371-0044; or Carol Sylvester, education specialist, at or (804) 371-0908; or Marsha Granderson, grants and reports manager, at or (804)786-1993.