P.O. BOX 2120



May 6, 2005



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Reading First Reading Academies for Special Education Teachers



The Office of Elementary Instruction and the Office of Special Education at the Virginia Department of Education are pleased to announce Reading First Reading Academies for Special Education Teachers; two Intermediate Teacher Reading Academies for special education teachers of grades 4 through 6, and two Middle School Teacher Reading Academies for special education teachers of grades 6 through 8. Each of the four academies will be limited to 45 participants and will be offered in a six-day configuration of three days in June and three days in August at two locations, Virginia Beach and Richmond. The schedule will be as follows:


1.        Intermediate grades 4 through 6, June 2123 and August 911 in Richmond, Virginia


2.        Intermediate grades 4 through 6,

June 2830 and August 1618 in Virginia Beach, Virginia


3.        Middle School grades 6 through 8,

June 2123 and August 1618 in Richmond, Virginia


4.        Middle School grades 6 though 8,

June 2830 and August 911 in Virginia Beach, Virginia



These training opportunities will provide a focused professional development experience for special education teachers of students with reading difficulties. This professional development training may be used by teachers to satisfy the requirements of High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) approved by the Virginia Board of Education on February 25, 2004. Teachers of students in grades 4 through 6 in an elementary school setting or students in grades 6 through 8 in a middle school setting will be the target audience. The academies are based on materials produced by the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE). There is no cost for registration and lunch will be provided each day for all participants. The daily schedule will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The academies include sessions on the critical components of a comprehensive program focusing on scientifically-based reading research with emphasis on interventions for struggling readers, word attack skills, fluency, spelling, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, and strategies to differentiate instruction within content area text.


Registration will be conducted through Virginia Tech and will begin May 2, 2005. Registration information can be found at Amanda Timcik ( will handle the logistics for the academies.


Questions regarding the Reading First Reading Academies for Special Education Teachers should be directed to Ginna Glover, ( specialist, reading/English K-5, office of elementary instruction at (804) 786-1997, or Marie Ireland (, special education specialist, office of special education at (804) 786-9775.