Superintendent’s Memo #319-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 9, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  English Language Arts Online Writing Webinar Sessions

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce a series of webinar sessions highlighting the resources for the Standards of Learning (SOL) online writing test.  The purpose of the sessions is to provide assistance to school divisions as they prepare students for the new online Standards of Learning writing assessments to be administered for the first time in 2013.

The interactive webinar sessions will focus on the English Standards of Learning (SOL) online writing assessments, teaching strategies, lesson plans, SOL progression charts, and resource links to assist teachers at all grade levels in the instruction of the writing process.  During the language arts webinar sessions, attention will be given to the new Online Writing Practice Tool.  The schedule of four identical one-hour sessions on January 17 and 19 appears on the attached registration form.  These webinars will benefit directors of instruction, content specialists, principals, and teachers.  Participants will be registered on a first-come basis due to the limited number of slots available at each session.

To register for the webinars, please complete the attached registration and send it via e-mail to Peggy King at Peggy.King@doe.virginia.gov no later than January 9, 2012.

For additional information about these sessions, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator via e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.

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Attachment:

  1. English Language Arts Online Writing Webinar Sessions Registration Form (Word)