P.O. BOX 2120




December 21, 2001




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Regional Training Opportunities for Algebra Readiness Initiative Intervention Teachers


During February 2002 the Virginia Department of Education will sponsor four one-day regional institutes to provide training for teachers involved in intervention programs funded through the Algebra Readiness Initiative. The training will be research-based, appropriate for teachers working with middle school students, and designed to enhance student performance on the Standards of Learning assessments.


To be successful, an intervention program must allow time in addition to students' regular mathematics classes to be spent on productive tasks. These tasks should enhance skills identified by diagnostic testing, give students the background knowledge or skills needed for current or future objectives of their current mathematics class, or give students in-depth knowledge of a concept needed for success in Algebra I. Each lesson should reflect the understanding that learning needs to progress from the concrete to the representational to the abstract. A model for this type of lesson or unit will be presented at this training. The staff development will be designed for participating teachers to learn and implement this type of lesson planning for instruction.


You are invited to send a team of participants to an institute in your region of the state. The participants will be provided with information, materials, and activities that they can use in their intervention programs.


The institutes, sponsored through an Eisenhower Title II grant, will last from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Department of Education will provide morning coffee, lunch, and breaks for all participants. School divisions will be responsible for the cost of substitute teachers, transportation, and overnight accommodations when required. Arrangements for state rates at nearby hotels will be made and a list of these accommodations will be sent to participants upon request.


Regional dates and sites:


Date Location

~ Feb. 7, 2002 Higher Education Center, Abingdon

~ Feb. 11, 2002 Doubletree Hotel, Charlottesville

~ Feb. 20, 2002 Doubletree Hotel Airport, Norfolk

~ Feb. 22, 2002 Holiday Inn, Manassas


To register participants, please fax the attached registration form to Dr. Wendy Geiger at (804) 786-1597 before January 21, 2002. Space is limited to approximately 75 participants per site. Letters of confirmation, with directions to the site, will be sent after registration forms are received.


For more information, please contact Dr. Wendy Geiger (, mathematics specialist for middle instruction, at (804) 225-2799.