COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.253

December 14, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Spring Professional Development Academy for K-12 Teachers of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students

 

As part of the Virginia Department of Educations ongoing effort to meet the state professional development requirements for Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a spring professional development academy for all teachers of LEP students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be offered in collaboration with George Mason University. The graduate-level course entitled, Education 600: Reading and Writing Strategies for LEP Students, will be held in two locations: Galax and Richmond. The course will be held from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. at each site on the following six Saturdays: February 9, February 16, March 1, March 15, March 29, and April 12, 2008.

 

The focus of the course will be effective reading and writing teaching strategies for use with LEP students. Participants will receive three hours of graduate-level credit through George Mason University upon successful completion of the course.

 

The Virginia Department of Education will pay the tuition and book costs for all participants. The costs of travel, meals, and lodging, if needed, will be the responsibility of the participants.

 

Course participation at each site is limited to the first 25 teachers. To enroll in the course, please go to

http://gse.gmu.edu/fasttrain/vadoe/ and follow the directions in the Welcome message. If you have difficulty accessing the website, please contact Afsaneh Ziaee at aziaee@gmu.edu.

 

If you have questions about the course, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist at the Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 371-0778 or at Stacy.Freeman@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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