Superintendent’s Memo #192-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 7, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: English Language Development (ELD) Standards-Based Lesson Planning for English Language Learners (ELLs) Training

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with Section 3111(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a two-day training titled English Language Development (ELD) Standards-Based Lesson Planning for English Language Learners (ELLs) will be heldat the following site on the dates specified below:

Date and Time
Academy Location
and Lodging Information
Thursday and Friday
November 19-20, 2015
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center
2801 Plank Road Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 786-8321

The training is open to all Virginia educators working with English language learners (ELLs), including content-area classroom teachers.  Participants will explore elements of the ELD standards framework in preparation to design instructional lessons that promote content learning and language development for ELLs. Participants will:

Additional information including an online registration link and lodging details can be found at the following link: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/eld2.  The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration. The deadline for registration is Thursday, November 12, 2015. 

Lodging Costs:  A limited block of hotel rooms for those outside of a fifty-mile radius of the training location will be paid by the Department.  The room cost will be master-billed to the Department upon departure.

Room reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 27, 2015.  It is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations.  To reserve a room, call the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel and Conference Center and reference “Virginia Department of Education, English Language Development Standards-Based Lesson Planning for ELLs.”

Authorized Expenses:  Evening meals, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of attendees; however, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; or Title III, Part A, budgets.  Materials, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

Cancellation: If participants need to cancel their hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly, as well as Christy Wallace, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than November 12, 2015, at wallacec@vt.edu or (540) 231-6735.

For questions, please contact Judy Radford, ESL professional development coordinator, at Judy.Radford@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 786-1692.

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