COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
November 2, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Department of Education has provided targeted professional development through a series of eight K-12 English Language Arts Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes, which focused on the major changes made between the 2002 K-12 English Language Arts SOL and the current 2010 K-12 English Language Arts SOL. More than 1,100 educators from 119 school divisions across the Commonwealth attended the K-12 English SOL Institutes. Each of the Institutes began with a general session where the changes in the 2010 English SOL were highlighted. Educators had a choice of four different breakout sessions with an elementary or secondary focus. Concurrent sessions facilitated by area teachers spotlighted strands in the 2010 English Standards of Learning: writing, reading nonfiction, research, and media literacy.
Supporting professional development resources, including PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, and handouts associated with each K-12 English SOL Institute, are available online on the English Standards of Learning Institutes Web page.
Questions regarding the K-12 English SOL Institutes or associated professional development resources should be directed to Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585; or Thomas Santangelo, elementary English specialist, by e-mail at Thomas.Santangelo@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3203.