COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 110
August 3, 2001

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Reading and Integrated Language Arts Instructional Materials Review

The purpose of this memo is to seek nominations for membership on the K-5 Reading and Integrated Language Arts Instructional Materials Review Committees. Members of these committees provide content area and grade level expertise in the review of textbooks and materials relative to their alignment with the English Standards of Learning.

There are Reading and Integrated Language Arts Instructional Materials Review Committees for each of three grade groupings, K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. In addition to the members with grade level and content area expertise, the committees will include parents and representatives of higher education.

The committees will convene in early fall at a location within the memberís respective region. Publishers are instructed to send each committee member the textbooks and materials, including the proposed correlation of the materials with the English Standards of Learning, to be reviewed by October 19.

Please identify one or more distinguished educators in your division and forward a copy of the attached K-5 Instructional Materials Review Committee Application to each of the people you have nominated. Nominees should submit completed forms to the division superintendent for his/her signature; the forms are to be returned to the Department of Education by Friday, August 31, 2001.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston (mailto:bthursto@pen.k12.va.us), specialist, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2893. Thank you in advance for your effort and assistance.

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