Superintendent's Memo #305-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 30, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Reading First Online Reading Academy for K-3 Teachers

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the Reading First Online Reading Academy for K-3 Teachers to be offered from January 25, 2010, to March 28, 2010. This is a professional development opportunity provided by the state as part of the Reading First grant.

The Reading First Online Reading Academy for K-3 Teachers includes 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; participation will consist of online discussions and other activities with the instructor and participants. Upon successful completion of an online Academy, a certificate of attendance will be awarded for twenty-four contact hours of professional development. There is no cost for this online Academy; the cost is paid for by the Reading First grant.

Enrollment in the Reading First Online Reading Academy for K-3 Teachers is open to all Virginia elementary administrators; teachers of kindergarten, first, second and third grades; as well as K-3 English as a second language (ESL) teachers, Title I teachers, and K-12 special education teachers.

Registration will be conducted through the Reading First in Virginia website: http://www.readingfirst.virginia.edu. Registration for the Academy will open for schools receiving Reading First funding on November 2, 2009, and will open November 9, 2009, for all other schools.

Questions regarding the Reading Academy should be directed to the Reading First in Virginia office via e-mail at readingfirst@virginia.edu or by telephone at (877) 827-3237. Questions regarding the Reading First grant should be directed to Thomas Santangelo, Reading First coordinator, via e-mail at Thomas.Santangelo@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3203.

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