Superintendent’s Memo #164-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 13, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2012-2013 Academy for New Special Education Directors

The first session of the Academy for New Special Education Directors is scheduled for September 19-20, 2012, in Richmond.  This two-day session will provide an orientation to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and will include a review of special education regulations, policies and procedures.  The VDOE will sponsor five additional one-day sessions throughout the year addressing relevant topics in-depth for new directors.  Each new director will be assigned a veteran special education director as a mentor.  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.  This information should be mailed to Dr. Pat Abrams, director, Office of Special Education Instructional Services.  If you have questions, Dr. Abrams can be contacted by phone at (804) 225-2707 or via e-mail