COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 91

April 29, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Summer Professional Development Academy on Parental Participation for Title III Coordinators

 

As part of the Virginia Department of Educations ongoing effort to assist school divisions in meeting the parental participation requirements for Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, a summer professional development academy for Title III coordinators or their designees will be offered. The two-day academy entitled Parents as Educational Partners (PEP): School Related Curriculum for Language Minority Parents will be offered on August 8-9, 2005, at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. The academy will prepare the Title III coordinator or designee to train school division personnel on appropriate programs to assist limited English proficient (LEP) parents in overcoming the language and cultural barriers that make them particularly vulnerable to being left out of their childrens educational experiences.

 

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will conduct registration for the academy. Materials, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Travel and lodging will be reimbursed at the state rate. For those requiring lodging, a block of overnight rooms at the state rate has been reserved. Please contact the hotel directly by July 8, 2005, to make reservations and refer to Title III PEP Academy. Enrollment for the academy is limited to 40 participants and may include up to two participants per school division. Priority will be given to school divisions that have not participated in previous PEP academies. To enroll, please complete Attachment A, and fax it to the conference registrar at (540) 231-3306, on or before August 1, 2005. Upon receipt of the registration, confirmation and driving directions will be sent to each registrant.

 

For information on this academy, please contact Jennifer Sherry, ESL specialist, at (804) 786-9952, or at Jennifer.Sherry@doe.virginia.gov. For registration information, please contact Nancy Rakes at Virginia Tech, (540) 231-5182 or nancyr@vt.edu.

 

 

JLD/jls

 

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf091a.pdf