Superintendent's Memo #242-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 4, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Fall Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS) Institutes

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to ensure compliance with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment and standard requirements under Section 1111(b)(7) and Section 3113(b)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, fall Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS) Institutes will be offered. CLIMBS is a professional development course in applying the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards using a scaffolded instructional approach.

Participants in the CLIMBS Institutes will 1) gain a thorough understanding of how to integrate the WIDA ELP Standards and Standards of Learning (SOL) into classroom instruction and assessment; 2) apply research and best practices to build language proficiency for English Language Learners (ELLs); and 3) use data from ACCESS for ELLs, state achievement tests, and classroom assessments to inform instruction and develop learner profiles.

The Institutes will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at each site on the following five days: October 6-7, November 4-5, and December 1, 2009. The Institutes will include both pre-class and post-class assignments.

The Institutes will be provided in eight regions throughout the state as follows:

Region I
Dorey Park and Recreation Center
7200 Dorey Park Drive
Richmond, Virginia 23231
(804) 795-2334

Region II
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
11783 Rock Landing Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606
(757) 668-9377

Region III
John J. Wright Instructional and Cultural Center
7565 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22551
(540) 582-7583

Region IV
Alexandria City Schools Central Office
Administration Building
2000 N. Beauregard Street
Alexandria, Virginia 23211
(703) 461-6550

Region V
Skyline Middle School
470 Linda Lane
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
(540) 434-6862

Region VI
Roanoke Higher Education Center
108 North Jefferson Street
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
(540) 767-6161

Region VII
Crossroads Institute
1117 East Stuart Drive
Galax, Virginia 24333
(276) 236-0391

Region VIII
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, Virginia 24592
(434) 572-5440

School divisions are encouraged to register a team of up to three people to include (1) kindergarten through 12th-grade ESL teachers; (2) middle and secondary core content teachers; and (3) elementary classroom teachers. Course participation at each CLIMBS Institute is limited to fifty participants.

Materials will be provided. Travel costs, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of attendees; however, travel expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A, and Title III, Part A, budgets.

To register for a regional site, please complete Attachment A, and fax to Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-7347, on or before September 25, 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. Registration for Content and Language Integration as a means of Bridging Success CLIMBS) Institutes