COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 3

January 7, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Strategic Instruction Model Content Literacy Continuum Demonstration Sites Competitive Application

 

The Virginia Department of Education was awarded a federal grant addressing literacy improvements for all students, but especially students with disabilities at the middle and high school levels. One of the project activities is to support the planning and implementation of the Strategic Instruction Model - Content Literacy Continuum (SIM-CLC) in four schools in the state to serve as demonstration sites for three years (2004-05 through 2006-07). The SIM-CLC program was developed and researched by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.

 

The Virginia Department of Education will fund the planning and implementation of SIM-CLC in four schools located in two different public school divisions. The school divisions should support the implementation of a comprehensive schoolwide approach to literacy using SIM-CLC. Applicants are paired middle and high schools that currently provide an effective buildingwide discipline plan, an inclusive learning community, and evidence of some components of the Strategic Instruction Model. Applicants are encouraged to consult extensively with their faculty and staff, parents, community organizations, and others that will be involved in the implementation of this project concentrating on the challenges of adolescent literacy.

 

On January 31, 2005, an informational meeting will be held at the James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th Street, Richmond, Virginia, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in conference room E. A consulting team from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning will be present to provide information about this literacy initiative. The application for the SIM-CLC demonstration site will also be discussed at this meeting. After January 31, 2005, the application can be requested by contacting the Office of Special Education Instructional Services at (804) 786-2485. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2005. The SIM-CLC demonstration site is a competitive process.

 

Applications can be mailed to:

 

Diane C. Gillam, Specialist

Office of Special Education Instructional Services

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

 

or

 

Applications can be hand delivered to:

 

Office of Special Education Instructional Services

Virginia Department of Education

James Monroe Building, 20th Floor

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

Please contact Diane C. Gillam, specialist for special education instructional services, (804) 371-8283; email: Diane.Gillam@doe.virginia.gov, if you have questions or need additional program information.

 

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