P.O. BOX 2120

January 12, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Adult Education English Literacy/Civics Education Program

The Virginia Department of Education will award $458,450 for English Literacy/Civics Education projects. These funds are authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Adult Education State Grant Program PL 105-220.

The purpose of the Virginia EL/Civics Education program is to support projects that demonstrate effective practices in providing and increasing access to English literacy programs linked to civics education. Participants should be able to increase their English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to understand and work with governmental, educational, and workplace systems and key American institutions such as banking and health care. Since electronic access to these systems is increasing, applications shall include the integration of technology.

School divisions, postsecondary institutions, and private not-for-profit 501(c)(3), community-based organizations that have historically served populations described as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) are eligible applicants. Recipients should show how they will work together with other state and local agencies in delivering services without duplication of existing services.

In the first year, Virginia EL/Civics Education funds will be two-tiered: 1) demonstration and dissemination and 2) program enhancement. Demonstration and dissemination grantees will enhance current ESOL programs and be required to develop curriculum and assessment materials, identify effective instructional strategies pertaining to the integration of civics education and English literacy classes, and demonstrate and disseminate their program outcomes and findings throughout the state. Program enhancement grants will be provided to improve and enhance program services to students for whom English is not their primary language. This may include incorporating civics education into existing ESOL classes, conducting outreach activities, or increasing the number of students receiving ESOL.

All EL/Civics Education grantees will use technology as a major delivery system for this project. Each grant site will receive technology support from the Office of Adult Education and Literacy and will participate in staff development related to the technology needs of the program site.

The minimum amount provided for demonstration and dissemination projects is $50,000, and the maximum amount is $100,000. The minimum amount provided for program enhancement projects is $10,000, and the maximum amount is $30,000.

To be considered for funding, your application must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 23, 2001. The application should be submitted to Dr. Yvonne Thayer, director, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, (street address: 101 North 14th Street, James Monroe Building 21st floor, Richmond, VA 23219).

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Yvonne Thayer at (804) 225-2075, or Grants Manager Becky Marable at 804) 225-2850.