COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO 246

October 3, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English Fall Professional Development Institutes

 

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to ensure compliance with professional development requirements under Section 1111(2) (C) and Section 3115 (c) (2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, fall Training of Trainers institutes and Direct Strategies institutes for teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through grade eight will be offered. The institutes, entitled What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English, have been developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each site as follows:

 

Training of Trainers Institutes

 

October 29-31, 2008

Sheraton Park South

9901 Midlothian Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23235

(804) 323-1144

 

November 5-7, 2008

Best Western Battlefield Inn

10820 Balls Ford Road

Manassas, VA 20109

(703) 361-7641

 

Direct Strategies Institutes

 

October 29-31, 2008

Holiday Inn Valley View

3315 Ordway Drive

Roanoke, VA 24017

540) 362-4500

 

November 5-7, 2008

Marriott at City Center

740 Town Center Drive

Newport News, VA 23606

(757) 873-9299

 

The purpose of the Training of Trainers institutes is to provide turnaround training for three-member teams on the implementation of strategies designed to increase proficiency in reading among ELL students. School divisions are requested to enroll a teacher of ELLs, an elementary classroom teacher or middle school content teacher, and a reading teacher as part of the team. Course participation at each Training of Trainers institute is limited to sixteen three-member teams.

 

The purpose of the Direct Strategies institutes is to provide classroom strategies to increase proficiency in reading for ELLs. Registration is open to teachers of ELLs, elementary classroom teachers, secondary content teachers, and reading teachers. Course participation at each Direct Strategies institute is limited to forty-eight participants.

 

Registration costs, materials, lunch, and breaks will be provided for all participants. Additionally, lodging will be provided for those participants requiring an overnight stay. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the state rate for participants. The costs of travel will be the responsibility of the participants. Please contact the hotels listed above directly to make a reservation. Please reference Virginia Department of Education Reading for ELLs Institute.

 

Participants may register online for a Training of Trainers or Direct Strategies institute at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/reading.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, 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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