COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 264

December 21, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2007 Reading First Online Teacher Reading Academies

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Reading First K-3 Online Teacher Reading Academies to be held during the spring of 2007. These online Teacher Reading Academies continue the professional development opportunities provided by the state as part of the Reading First grant. The academies are based on materials produced by the University of Texas, Center for Reading and Language Arts, and modified for use in Virginia by the University of Virginias Curry School of Education.

 

Each online academy includes a series of sessions built on scientifically-based components of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. They will be offered from February 12 to April 8, 2007.

 

The Blackboard Learning System will be utilized for this course. All coursework will be done online and participation will consist of online discussions and other activities with the instructor and participants. At the end of the online academy, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

 

The Online Teacher Reading Academies serve as an alternative to the live K-3 Teacher Reading Academies held across the Commonwealth. The online academies are open to all Virginia administrators; teachers of kindergarten, first, second and third grades; as well as K-3 English as a second language (ESL) teachers, Title I teachers, and K-12 special education teachers during the spring of 2007. However, registration priority will be given to schools in divisions that received Reading First grant funding.

 

Registration will be conducted through the Reading First in Virginia website: http://www.readingfirst.virginia.edu and will begin December 27, 2006, for schools receiving Reading First funding, and January 15, 2007, for all other schools.

 

Questions regarding the Online Teacher Reading Academies should be directed to Patience E. Scott, Reading First coordinator, via e-mail Patience.Scott@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-3203.

 

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