COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 192

September 24, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Comprehension Strategies Using Nonfiction Texts

 

The Virginia Department of Education and Pearson Learning Group are pleased to offer three workshops on Comprehension Strategies Using Nonfiction Texts by Ann Cerise. The information gained during these workshops will assist educators in teaching comprehension, one of the five essential components of reading instruction.

 

Ms. Ann Cerises professional career spans twenty-five years with diverse educational roles as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, assessment specialist, and instructional facilitator. Ms. Cerise specializes in staff development training and assessing literacy learning.

 

These interactive workshops for grades 3 through 5 will explore comprehension strategies used to teach nonfiction text in the classroom. The dates and locations for the workshops are as follows:

 

Abingdon

Monday, October 4, 2004

12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Executive Auditorium

One Partnership Center

Abingdon, VA 24210

Phone: (276) 619-4301

 

Farmville

Wednesday, October 6, 2004

12:30 p.m. 3.30 p.m.

Longwood University

Cafeteria Banquet Room

Farmville, VA 23909

Phone: (434) 395-2228

 

Williamsburg

Thursday, October 7, 2004

12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

The College of William and Mary

University Center Room Tidewater A

2 Stadium Drive

Williamsburg, VA 23185

Phone: (757) 221-3272

 

This invitation is being extended to one or two persons from each elementary school or central office. Please complete the attached registration form and fax it to Regina Thomas at (804) 786-1703. A confirmation notice will be faxed to the first 60 people that register for each site, with preference given to schools Accredited with Warning in reading. There may be an opportunity to repeat these workshops if there is sufficient interest.

 

For further information, please contact Barbara F. Jones (bjones@mail.vak12ed.edu), specialist, reading and English, office of elementary instructional services, at (804) 786-1997.

 

JLD/BFJ/vdg

 

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