COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 70

April 25, 2003

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Reading First Teacher Reading Academies

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Reading First Teacher Reading Academies that will be held during the summer of 2003. The Teacher Reading Academies constitute the professional development opportunities to be provided by the state as part of the Reading First grant. The academies are being developed based on materials produced by the University of Texas, Center for Reading and Language Arts entitled: Teacher Reading Academies, Professional Development for Research-Based Beginning Reading Instruction. The department will contract with the University of Virginias Curry School of Education to develop and provide the academies to Virginia teachers in grades kindergarten and first grade during the summer of 2003, and teachers of grades two and three during the summer of 2004. Follow-up academies are being planned each subsequent summer for the duration of the Reading First grant.

Each academy includes a series of sessions built on scientifically-based components of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, and will be offered in a four-day configuration from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

The academies will be offered to all kindergarten and first grade teachers in Virginia, but priority will be given to school divisions who are eligible for Reading First grant funding. School divisions are encouraged to send entire grade-level teams to the academies. The dates and locations for the summer of 2003 are as follows:

 

Hampton Roads Area

July 7 10, 2003, at the Virginia Beach Conference Center, Virginia Beach (kindergarten training)

July 28 31, 2003, at Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton (first grade training)

 

Charlottesville Area

July 14 17, 2003, (kindergarten)

and

July 28 31, 2003, (first grade)

at the Boars Head Inn and Conference Center, Charlottesville

 

Richmond Area

July 21 24, 2003, (kindergarten)

and

July 28 31, 2003, (first grade)

at St. Christophers School, Richmond

 

Registration will be begin May 1, 2003, online through the University of Virginias Reading First website at:

www.readingfirst.virginia.edu.

Questions regarding the Teacher Reading Academies should be directed to Linda Poorbaugh, director, Office of Elementary Instructional Services at (804) 786-3925 or mailto: lpoorbau@mail.vak12ed.edu, Barbara Jones, elementary reading specialist, Office of Elementary Instructional Services at (804) 786-1997 or mailto: bjones@mail.vak12ed.edu, or Gail Barnes, grant specialist, Office of Elementary Instructional Services at (804) 371-5378 or mailto: gbarnes@mail.vak12ed.edu.

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