COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 98

April 18, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2008 Reading First Comprehension Institute

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Reading First Comprehension Institute to be held on July 29 30, 2008, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Richmond, West. The Comprehension Institute is a professional development opportunity provided by the state as a part of the Reading First grant.

 

Participants will be guided through the process of differentiating reading instruction while using student assessment information to determine students' instructional reading levels in order to plan and implement differentiated instruction in the classroom. Attention will be given to providing differentiated reading instruction in the content areas with a focus on science and history and social science.

 

The Comprehension Institute is open to all Virginia elementary 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.

 

The institute will begin on July 29 at 1 p.m. and end on July 30 at 3 p.m.

 

Registration - Registration will be conducted through the University of Virginia and will begin April 21, 2008, on a first-come, first-served basis and can be completed online at www.readingfirst.virginia.edu.

 

Directions Hotel directions may be found at http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/ricbs/transportation.

 

Lodging, meals, and parking costs must be paid by the participants or their school divisions.

 

Questions regarding the Comprehension Institute should be directed to the Reading First in Virginia office at (877) 827-3237. Questions regarding the Reading First program should be directed to Patience Scott, Reading First coordinator, via e-mail at Patience.Scott@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 225-3203.

 

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