Superintendent’s Memo #228-12

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:  Parents as Educational Partners (PEP) Fall Professional Development Institute

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with the parental participation requirements under Section 1118 and Section 3302(e)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a fall professional development Institute for Title I and Title III program coordinators and K-12 educators of English language learners (ELLs) will be offered.  The Institute, titled Parents as Educational Partners (PEP): School Related Curriculum for Language Minority Parents, will be held at the following two sites on the specified dates below:

Date and Time
Institute Location and Registration Information
Lodging Information

Wednesday,
October 10, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

Registration deadline is October 2, 2012.

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

Reservation deadline is September 14, 2012.

Wednesday,
October 10, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sheraton Park South Hotel
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 323-1144

Registration deadline is October 2, 2012.

Sheraton Park South Hotel
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 323-1144

Reservation deadline is September 18, 2012.

The purpose of the Institute is to provide participants a curriculum designed to assist ELL parents in overcoming the language and cultural barriers that may prevent them from participating fully in their children’s educational experience. 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 PEP Institute” 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, or Title III, Part A, budgets.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Judy Radford, ESL coordinator, at (804) 786-1692, or at Judy.Radford@doe.virginia.gov.

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