COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.77

April 4, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Summer Professional Development Academy for K-12 Teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs)

 

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to meet the state professional development requirements for Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Immigrant Students, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a summer professional development academy for all teachers of ELLs 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 Richmond. The course will be held from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. on July 14 through July 18, 2008.

 

The focus of the course will be effective reading and writing teaching strategies for use with ELLs. 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 costs for all participants, as well as lodging for participants requiring an overnight stay. The costs of meals and travel will be the responsibility of the participants. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the state rate for all participants, subject to availability.

 

Course participation is limited to the first 75 teachers. To obtain additional information or 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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