COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
December 4, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment and standard requirements under Section 1111(b)(7) and Section 3113(b)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, spring Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS) Institutes will be offered. CLIMBS is a professional development course in applying the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards using a scaffolded instructional approach.
Participants in the CLIMBS Institutes will: 1) gain a thorough understanding of how to integrate the WIDA ELP Standards and Standards of Learning (SOL) into classroom instruction and assessment; 2) apply research and best practices to build language proficiency for English Language Learners (ELLs); and 3) use data from ACCESS for ELLs, state achievement tests, and classroom assessments to inform instruction and develop learner profiles.
The Institutes will be held from 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. at each site on the following five days: January 12-13, February 2-3, and February 23, 2010. The Institutes will include both pre-class and post-class assignments and participants will be expected to attend all five days of training.
The Institutes will be provided in eight regions throughout the state as follows:
Dorey Park and Recreation Center
7200 Dorey Park Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23231
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
11783 Rock Landing Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606
John J. Wright Instructional and Cultural Center
7565 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22551
1703 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, Virginia 23211
Skyline Middle School
470 Linda Lane
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
Roanoke Higher Education Center
108 North Jefferson Street
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
1117 East Stuart Drive
Galax, Virginia 24333
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, Virginia 24592
School divisions are encouraged to register a team which may include: (1) kindergarten through 12th-grade ESL teachers; (2) middle and secondary core content teachers; (3) elementary classroom teachers; (4) reading specialists; (5) resource teachers; and 6) administrators. Course participation at each CLIMBS Institute is limited to fifty participants.
Materials will be provided. Travel costs, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of attendees; however, travel expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A, and Title III, Part A, budgets.
To register for a regional CLIMBS training site, please complete the online application by January 4, 2010, at:
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.