COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 37

February 15, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2008 Reading First Teacher Reading Academies

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Reading First Teacher Reading Academies to be held in the summer of 2008. These Teacher Reading Academies continue the professional development opportunities provided by the state as a 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 Virginia's Curry School of Education.

 

Each academy includes a series of sessions built on scientifically-based components of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension and will be offered in a four-day configuration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. An online Teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) Academy will also be held in the summer of 2008.

 

Teacher Reading Academies are open to all Virginia administrators; teachers of kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade; as well as K-3 English as a second language (ESL) teachers, Title I teachers, and K-12 special education teachers during the summer of 2008. However, registration priority will be given to schools in divisions that received Reading First grant funding. School divisions are encouraged to send entire grade-level teams to the academies.

 

Registration will be conducted through the University of Virginia and will begin April 1 for schools receiving Reading First funding, and April 8 for all other schools. The dates, locations, and registration information for the 2008 summer academies are located in the attachment.

 

Questions regarding the Teacher Reading Academies should be directed to the Reading First in Virginia office at (877) 827-3237 or you may visit online at www.readingfirst.virginia.edu. Questions regarding the Reading First program should be directed to Patience Scott, reading first coordinator, via e-mail Patience.Scott@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-3023.

 

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Attachment

 

a. Reading Academies Information (PDF)