Principals' Memo No. 1005-15

Department of Education

June 21, 2015

TO:  Principals

FROM:  John W. Haun, Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) Professional Development for the 2015-2016 School Year

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) Office at the University of Virginia (UVA), as partners in the Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI), would like to announce the formation of a Professional Learning Community Cohort (PLCC) for the 2015-2016 school year.  A PLCC is a group of teachers who receive additional ongoing training and support in components of the Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI) for the duration of one school year.  This initial EIRI PLCC will focus on the professional development needs of classroom teachers, interventionists, and specialists who work with students at the first-grade level.  Principal support is essential to the success of the PLCC; therefore, principals are also invited to participate.  The PLCC will be engaged in seven webinars and one face-to-face meeting.  Topics to be addressed by the PLCC will be:

PLCC members are required to attend all webinars and the face-to-face meeting in February, 2016.  Each webinar will be offered multiple times on different days and different times.  The workshop, three hours in length, will be held in locations convenient to participants.

In addition, PLCC members are required to administer PALS in each assessment window (fall, midyear, and spring).

The 2015-2016 PLCC is limited to 400 participants.  Registration will close once PLCC capacity has been reached.  Interested applicants should submit their names to their PALS division representative.  Preference will be given to school grade level teams, although individual teachers are also invited.  Those who are not participating with their grade level team will be expected to share PLCC information and resources with their own school teams.

For more information, contact the PALS office, by e-mail at or by telephone at (888) 882-7257.



  1. EIRI/PALS Webinars 2015-2016 Academic Year (PDF)
  2. EIRI/PALS Professional Development 2015-1016 Professional Learning Community Cohort (PDF)