Principals' Memo #1010-09

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 31, 2009

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Southeast Regional Professional Development Workshop for K-8 Foreign Language Teachers

The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL) is pleased to announce a southeast regional professional development workshop for K-8 foreign language teachers to take place April 25, 2009, at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia.

NNELL regional and summer workshops help meet the need for appropriate professional development of a growing number of elementary and middle school foreign language teachers. Virginia supports early language learning and recognizes the value of longer sequences of well-articulated language study in the development of language proficiency.

The workshop, entitled “Meeting the Needs of All Learners,” features a keynote address by Dr. Marjorie Hall Haley, Associate Professor of Education in the Center for Language and Culture and director of the Foreign/World Languages Teacher Licensure Program in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. Workshop topics include multiple intelligences, strategies that address the specific needs of young language learners, use of technology, literacy in the target language, middle school transition, and strategies for heritage and fluent speakers, among others. Registration information and further details are available from the NNELL website at http://www.nnell.org. The registration deadline has been extended until April 15, 2009.

For further information, please contact Helen Small, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Middle and High School Instruction by e-mail at Helen.Small@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.

LW / HS / yba