DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 293
December 5, 2008
Patricia I. Wright
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Reading First Institutes and Academies
The Department of Education
is pleased to announce the Reading First Comprehension Institutes and the
Participants of the Reading First Comprehension Institutes will be guided through the process of using student assessment information to determine students' instructional reading levels in order to plan and implement differentiated instruction in the content areas with a focus on science and history and social science.
The Reading First Academy for Teachers of Special Education Students will provide a professional development experience for teachers who work with students with reading difficulties. The Academy includes sessions built on scientifically-based components of reading instruction with emphasis on interventions for struggling readers, word attack skills, fluency, spelling, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, and strategies to differentiate instruction within content area text. This training may be used by teachers to satisfy the reading/English/language arts requirements of the High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) approved by the Virginia Board of Education on February 25, 2004. There is no cost for registration or materials. The Virginia Department of Education is not able to reimburse transportation and lodging expenses; however, local Reading First funds may be used for this purpose.
The Reading First K-3 Teacher Reading 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. There is no cost for registration materials. The Virginia Department of Education is not able to reimburse transportation and lodging expenses; however, local Reading First funds may be used for this purpose.
The Reading First K-3 Online Teacher Reading Academies for K-3 Teachers and Teachers of English Language Learners include a series of sessions built on scientifically-based components of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The Blackboard Learning System will be utilized for this course. All coursework will be done online and participation will consist of online discussions and other activities with the instructor and participants. At the end of the online Academy, a certificate of completion will be awarded.
The Comprehension Institutes
Registration will be conducted through the Reading First in Virginia website: http://www.readingfirst.virginia.edu. The dates, locations, and registration information for the 2009 institutes and academies are located in the attachment.
Questions regarding the
Comprehension Institutes and