COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 166
September 3, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Revised ESL Handbook for Teachers and Administrators

 
We are pleased to inform you that the July 1999 revision of 
English as a Second Language: Handbook for Teachers and 
Administrators is complete.  A copy of this handbook will be 
sent to the ESL contact person in each school division, and 
to the principal of every school in the Commonwealth.

There have been several changes to state policies regarding 
ESL instruction and assessment during the last few years.  
This handbook provides a succinct resource for information 
related to state and federal policies and suggestions for 
the implementation of local policies.  Information related 
to instruction and curriculum is also outlined.

Additional copies of the ESL handbook are available upon 
request by contacting Ms. Priscilla Clayborne at (804) 786-
5088.  This handbook will also soon be available on the 
Virginia Department of Education's website at 
http://www.pen.k12.va.us.

If you have further questions about ESL instruction in the 
Commonwealth, please contact Dr. Linda Wallinger, foreign 
language/ESL specialist, (804) 225-2593.

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