DATE: March 2, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

Multi-Sensory Language Instruction Pilot Project

The Virginia Department of Education Offices of Special Education Instructional Services and Humanities and Early Childhood are seeking Reading Specialists to participate in a Multi-Sensory Structured Language Instruction.  A limited number of Reading Specialists will be selected through a competitive application process.  The participants will receive professional development in the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach.  This instructional approach is a direct, systematic approach to teaching language structure for reading remediation.  It is designed to address the needs of struggling readers who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing including those with a specific learning disability such as dyslexia.

Selected Reading Specialists will be provided:

Selection criteria include:


The training will be held in Richmond at the Courtyard by Marriot Richmond North, Glen Allen, Virginia, April 18-21, 2018, from 8-4 p.m.  Attendance is mandatory for each training session; participants must complete all 30 hours of training in order to receive their certificate of completion.

Training Dates:


If you have questions concerning the instructional project, please contact Kim Bausum-Brown; Dyslexia and Specialized Reading Specialist by email at  or at (804) 225-2080.