COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 26

February 2, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Reading First Academies for Special Education Teachers

 

The Office of Elementary Instruction and the Office of Special Education Instructional Services at the Virginia Department of Education are pleased to announce Reading First Reading Academies for Special Education Teachers. Teacher Reading Academies for special education teachers of grades four through twelve will be offered in four locations. Attendees may participate in an intensive four-day academy or a regular five-day academy. Participants must attend the entire academy.

 

These academies will provide a focused professional development experience for special education teachers of students with reading difficulties. This professional development training may be used by teachers to satisfy the reading/English/language arts requirements of the High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) approved by the Virginia Board of Education on February 25, 2004.

 

The academies include sessions on the critical components of a comprehensive program focusing on scientifically-based reading research with emphasis on interventions for struggling readers, word attack skills, fluency, spelling, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, and strategies to differentiate instruction within content area text. There is no cost for registration or materials. Lunch will be provided each day. Transportation and lodging expenses will not be reimbursed.

 

Priority registration will be given to teachers from schools accredited with warning and schools that did not make adequate yearly progress (AYP) due to the subgroup of students with disabilities.

 

Detailed information for the 2006-2007 Reading First Academies for Special Education Teachers may be found in the attached document.

 

Questions regarding the Reading First Reading Academies for Special Education Teachers should be directed to Marie Ireland, special education specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services at (804) 786-9775 or by e-mail at Marie.Ireland@doe.virginia.gov or to Patience Scott, Reading First coordinator, Office of Elementary Instruction at (804) 225-3203, or by e-mail at Patience.Scott@doe.virginia.gov.

BKCJr/dlj

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf026a.pdf