Superintendent's Memo #028-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 13, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: “What’s Different about Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?” Spring Professional Development Institute

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with professional development requirements under Section 1111(2)(C) and Section 3115 (C)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, spring Direct Strategies institutes for teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through grade eight will be offered. The institutes — entitled Whats Different about Teaching Reading to Students Learning English —- have been developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and will be held on March 11-13, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two sites as follows:

The purpose of the Direct Strategies institutes is to provide classroom strategies to increase proficiency in reading for ELLs. Registration is open to teachers of ELLs, elementary classroom teachers, secondary content teachers, and reading teachers. Institute participation at each Direct Strategies institute is limited to forty-eight participants.

Registration costs, materials, lunch, and breaks will be provided for all participants. Additionally, lodging will be provided for those participants requiring an overnight stay. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the state rate for participants. The costs of travel will be the responsibility of the participants. Please contact the hotels listed above directly to make a reservation. Please reference “Virginia Department of Education Reading for ELLs Institute.”

To enroll, please complete Attachment A, and fax the form to Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-7347, on or before March 6, 2009.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist at the Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 371-0778 or at



a. “What’s Different about Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?” Registration Form (PDF)