Superintendent's Memo #099-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 17, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Summer Professional Development Academy in Reading and Writing Strategies for K-12 Teachers of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to meet the state professional development requirements for Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Immigrant Students, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a summer professional development academy for all teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through grade 12 will be offered in Manassas Park in collaboration with George Mason University. The graduate-level course, entitled Education 600: Reading and Writing Strategies for English Language Learners, will be held from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on July 13 through July 17, 2009. The course will include both pre-class and post-class assignments.

The focus of the course will be effective reading and writing teaching strategies for use with ELLs. Participants will receive three hours of graduate-level credit through George Mason University upon successful completion of the course.

The Virginia Department of Education will pay the tuition and textbook costs for all participants, as well as lodging for participants requiring an overnight stay. The costs of meals and travel will be the responsibility of the participants. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the state rate for all participants, subject to availability.

Course participation is limited to the first 75 teachers. A refundable $75 fee will be charged at the time of registration. To obtain additional information or enroll in the course, please go to and follow the directions in the Welcome message. If you have difficulty accessing the website, please contact Afsaneh Ziaee at

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

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