Superintendent’s Memo #247-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 7, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Teaching Reading to English Language Learners, Grades 6-12: A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Areas 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 Teaching Reading to English Language Learners Grades 6-12: A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Areas, will be held at the following two sites on the dates specified below:

Date and Time Institute Location and Registration Information Lodging Information

Thursday,
October 25, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Comfort Inn, Burkeville
419 N. Agnew Street
Burkeville, Virginia 23922
434) 767-3750

Registration deadline is October 17, 2012.

Comfort Inn, Burkeville
419 N. Agnew Street
Burkeville, Virginia 23922
434) 767-3750

Reservation deadline is September 21, 2012.

Thursday,
October 25, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon
PO Box 1987
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, Virginia 24210
(276) 619-4300

Registration deadline is October 17, 2012.

Comfort Suites Abingdon
1093 Ole Berry Drive, I-81 Exit 14
Abingdon, Virginia 24210
(276) 698-3040

Reservation deadline is September 25, 2012.

The purpose of the Institute is to provide participants with strategies to increase proficiency in reading for ELLs at the secondary level. 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 Teaching Reading to English Language Learners: Grades 6-12 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; Title II, Part A; or Title III, Part A 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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