Some of the hottest topics in K-12 education, including year-round sessions and drop-out prevention, will be addressed at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center’s Second Annual Educational Leadership Research Forum on Feb. 15-16 at the Sheraton Oceanfront, 36th and Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Va.

Sessions begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. The conference concludes at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

Twelve graduates in Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program who successfully completed their doctoral degrees during the 2005-06 academic year will share the research findings from their dissertation studies. This year's diverse topics include studies on the impact of the condition of school facilities on student achievement; the impact of pre-school education; drop-out prevention programs; school finance; and year-round education.

“I would encourage school leaders such as superintendents, principals, counselors, and classroom teachers to attend,” says Travis Twiford, director of the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center and a former national award-winning school superintendent. “Graduate students in education or the sociology of education will also benefit from learning about research findings and the methodology used by the speakers to collect data.”

The opening reception Feb. 15 will give attendees the chance to meet with the Virginia Tech Graduate School Dean Karen DePauw, Vice Provost for Outreach and International Affairs John Dooley, Director of the School of Education Sue Magliaro, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program Leader Theodore Creighton.

Registration is $119 for the full conference and $69 for one day and includes program materials, a reception on Feb. 15, continental breakfast, refreshments, and the closing luncheon. Registration may be processed online.

To register by mail, download and print a copy of the brochure and registration form.

For questions about registration and/or payment, call the Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education conference registrar’s office at (540) 231-5182. For inquiries regarding conference content, contact Travis Twiford at (757) 363-3930, ext. 302.

A special hotel room rate for the conference is $68. Upon availability, these rates will be honored for attendees who wish to stay through the weekend. For reservations, call the Sheraton Oceanfront at (800) 521-5635 or (757) 425-9000 by Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 and mention the Educational Leadership Research Forum in order to receive the group rate.

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