COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 125

May 16, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Summer Professional Development Academy on Limited English Proficient (LEP) Parental Participation

 

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to assist school divisions in meeting the parental participation requirements for Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, a summer professional development academy will be offered. The two-day academy entitled Parents as Educational Partners (PEP): School Related Curriculum for Language Minority Parents will be offered on July 30-31, 2008, at the Sheraton Park South Hotel in Richmond, Virginia. The academy will prepare facilitators to train school division personnel on appropriate programs to assist Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents in overcoming the language and cultural barriers that make them particularly vulnerable to being left out of their children's educational experiences.

 

Materials, lunch, and breaks will be provided. Travel will be reimbursed at the state rate. For those requiring lodging, a block of overnight rooms at the state rate has been reserved. Hotel rooms will be direct-billed. Please contact the Sheraton Park South Hotel directly at (804)323-1144 to make the reservations and refer to PEP Academy. Registration for the training will be limited to 40 participants. To register, please complete Attachment A, and fax it to Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-7347, on or before July 11, 2008. Please refer to Attachment B for additional information about lodging and a draft schedule.

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-0771, or at Stacy.Freeman@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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Attachments

 

a. PEP Academy Registration Form (Word)

b. Information about Lodging and Draft Schedule (PDF)