Superintendent's Memo #038-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 20, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Professional Development Opportunities for Educators Working with Students Who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to meet the educational needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, professional development opportunities are being offered in collaboration with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University and Radford University. These training events are open to teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, speech-language pathologists, administrators, related service providers and other educators working with students with hearing impairments.

Training events will be conducted as follows:

Registration information will be made available at as each of these events approaches.

If you have questions about these training events, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, specialist for deaf/hard of hearing, at the Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 371-4059 or at ; Ann Hughes, specialist for deaf/hard of hearing, at the Partnership for People with Disabilities, VCU, at (804)828-1342 or at; or Ellen Austin, Radford University, faculty in Deaf Education program, at (540) 831-5549 or .