Superintendent’s Memo #226-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 31, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2012 Amplified World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Development (ELD) Standards Fall Professional Development Institute

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards requirements under Section 1111(b)(7) and Section 3113(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a fall professional development Institute for Title III program coordinators and K-12 educators of English language learners (ELLs) will be offered.  The Institute, titled 2012 Amplified World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Development (ELD) Standards, will be held at the following four sites on the specified dates below:

Date and Time
Institute Location and Registration Information
Lodging Information

Tuesday,
October 2

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
36th & Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 425-9000

Registration deadline is September 24, 2012.

Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
36th & Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(757) 425-9000

Reservation deadline is September 15, 2012.

Tuesday,
October 2

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fredericksburg Hospitality House
2801 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
(540) 786-8321

Registration deadline is September 24, 2012.

Fredericksburg Hospitality House
2801 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
(540) 786-8321

Reservation deadline is September 15, 2012.

Thursday,
October 4

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
(540) 985-5900

Registration deadline is September 26, 2012.

Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
2801 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24017
(540) 563-9300

Reservation deadline is September 15, 2012.

Thursday,
October 4

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wytheville Meeting Center
333 Community Boulevard
Wytheville, Virginia 24382
(866) 694-8287

Registration deadline is September 26, 2012.

Hampton Inn Wytheville
950 Pepper’s Ferry Road
Wytheville, Virginia 24382
(276) 228-6090

Reservation deadline is September 22, 2012.

The purpose of the Institute is to provide participants with an understanding of the revised WIDA ELD standards and share strategies for connecting them to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). Registration for each site is limited to 50 participants.

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

Registration costs, materials, breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided for all participants.  Additionally, a limited block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the state rate for participants requiring an overnight stay.  The lodging cost will be master-billed to the Virginia Department of Education upon departure for those outside of a fifty mile radius of the training site.  It is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations.  Please contact the hotels listed above directly to make a room reservation.  Reference “Virginia Department of Education 2012 Amplified WIDA ELD Standards” when making the reservation.

Evening meals, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of the participants.  However, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; or Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2 budgets.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Judy Radford, ESL coordinator, at (804) 786-1692 or Judy.Radford@doe.virginia.gov.

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