Superintendent's Memo #036-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 4, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Institute for English Language Proficiency Standards & Assessments – Spring 2011

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to ensure compliance with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards and assessment requirements under Section 1111(b)(7) and Section 3113(b)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a spring Virginia-WIDA® Institute will be offered in two locations. The Virginia-WIDA® Institute 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 Virginia-WIDA® Institute will: 1) gain a thorough understanding of how to integrate the WIDA ELP Standards and Standards of Learning (SOL) into classroom instruction and assessment; and 2) use data from the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment, state assessment tests, and classroom assessments to inform instruction and develop English language learner profiles.

The Institute will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at each site on March 2-4, 2011. Participants will be expected to attend all three days of training.

The Institute will be provided in two regions in the state as follows:

Region V
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
24 South Market Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 885-4848

Region VIII
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, Virginia 24592
(434)572-5440

It is recommended that school divisions register a team of at least three participants, which may include: (1) kindergarten through grade 12 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 Virginia-WIDA® Institute is limited to 50 participants.

Materials, breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided for all participants. Additionally, lodging will be paid by the Department for those participants requiring an overnight stay. A limited 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 below directly to make a reservation. Please reference "Virginia-WIDA® Institute."

Region V
Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center
24 South Market Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(540) 885-4848

Region VIII
Fairfield Inn & Suites
1120 Bill Tuck Highway
South Boston, Virginia 24592
(434) 575-6000

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will manage online registration. The deadline for registration is February 24, 2011. Participants may register online for the Institute at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/wida/.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-0778 or at Stacy.Freeman@doe.virginia.gov.

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