COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 180

August 31, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Increasing Literacy Skills of Fourth- through Sixth-Grade Students Using Reading in the Content Areas

 

The Department of Education will host a one-day institute, Increasing Literacy Skills of Fourth- through Sixth-Grade Students Using Reading in the Content Areas. During this one-day institute, participants will learn procedures for content-area reading instruction that incorporate reading literacy and comprehension in the content areas.

The institute will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at the Doubletree Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. The institute will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. A buffet breakfast and lunch will be provided.

 

The institute is open to a team of four participants who work with upper elementary students in each division. Teams should include one reading, mathematics, science, and history and social science teacher. Superintendents should designate one individual from the division to register the team of four for this event at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/litskills/. Participants should be willing and able to share information learned with other colleagues in the school division.

 

Registration The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registrations. It is the responsibility of the division designee to register their team of participants for the institute and to make any cancellations of lodging arrangements if needed. The deadline for institute registration is October 8, 2007. Registration is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Division designees may register their teams online for the October 30, 2007, institute at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/litskills/.

 

Lodging Lodging cost for participants traveling more than 75 miles one way will be funded by the Department of Education. The cutoff date for room reservations is October 8, 2007. A block of 150 rooms has been reserved for October 29, 2007, at the hotel. It is the responsibility of the participants to make their own reservations. Please reference Department of Education, Increasing Literacy Skills of Fourth- through Sixth-Grade Students Using Reading in the Content Areas.

 

School divisions are encouraged to cover travel expenses for division participants, as this cost is not assumed by the Virginia Department of Education.

 

For reservations at the Doubletree Hotel, call (434) 973-2121.

 

Directions Hotel directions may be found at

http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/hotels/maps_directions.jhtml?ctyhocn=CHOSHDT#localmap.

 

Authorized Expenses Participants traveling more than 75 miles one way will have lodging costs funded by the Department of Education. Materials, a continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Participants are asked to be present for all meal functions.

 

For program questions, please contact Ginna Glover, elementary specialist for reading and English at Ginna.Glover@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 786-1997.

 

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