Superintendent’s Memo #115-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

May 4, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  K-12 English Language Arts Standards of Learning Institutes

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the K-12 English Language Arts Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes to be held in July-August 2012 at eight sites throughout the Commonwealth.  These are professional development opportunities provided by the state.

The K-12 English Language Arts SOL Institutes will provide training that focuses on the major changes made between the current 2002 K-12 English Language Arts SOL and those of the newly-adopted 2010 K-12 English Language Arts SOL.  Registration is limited to four participants from each school division.  Participants should include English Language Arts supervisors, elementary, middle school, and high school teachers.  Participants will attend a general session and have a choice of four different breakout sessions with either an elementary or secondary focus.  Concurrent sessions spotlight strands in the 2010 English Standards of Learning:  writing, reading nonfiction, research, and media literacy.

Registration – The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage registration.  The registration process can be completed online at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/esoli/.

Institute Sites

July 10

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, Virginia 24210
Online registration will end June 26, 2012.

July 11

Hotel Roanoke Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Online registration will end June 27, 2012.

July 18

Charlottesville Doubletree Hotel
990 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Online registration will end July 4, 2012.

July 19 Institute For Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, Virginia 24540
Online registration will end July 5, 2012.
July 25 Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23235
Online registration will end July 11, 2012.
July 26 Hospitality House
2801 Plank Road, Central Park
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Online registration will end July 12, 2012.
August 6 Waterside Sheraton Hotel
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Online registration will end July 23, 2012.
August 7  The National Conference Center
18980 Upper Belmont Place  
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Online registration will end July 24, 2012.

Lodging – School divisions are encouraged to cover lodging and travel expenses for division participants for the training institutes, as the cost is not assumed by the VDOE.

Directions – Site directions may be found as follows:

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Ann Brown, assistant director, Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech, by e-mail at browna@vt.edu  or by telephone at (540) 231-7966.  Questions regarding the K-12 English Language Arts SOL Institutes should be directed to Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at  Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585; or Thomas Santangelo, elementary English and reading specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Thomas.Santangelo@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3203.

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