DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 167
August 17, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Department of Education is pleased to announce two Reading First K-3 Online Teacher Reading Academies to be held during the fall of 2007. The first academy is designed for kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade teachers. The second is designed for kindergarten, first-, second-, and third-grade teachers of English language learners. These online Teacher Reading Academies continue the professional development opportunities provided by the state as part of the Reading First grant.
Each online academy includes a series of sessions
built on scientifically-based components of reading instruction: phonemic awareness,
phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The academies will be
October 1, 2007, through December 3, 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
Registration will be
conducted through the Reading First in Virginia website: http://www.readingfirst.virginia.edu
and will begin September 4, 2007, for schools receiving Reading First
funding, and September 11, 2007, for all other schools.
Questions regarding the online
Teacher Reading Academies should be directed to Thomas Santangelo, Reading
First reading specialist, at Thomas.Santangelo@doe.virginia.gov
or (804) 225-3488.