Superintendent's Memo #260-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 18, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: "What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English" Fall 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, fall institutes for teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through grade eight will be offered. The institutes, entitled "What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English," have been developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and will be held on October 14-16, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two sites as follows:

Hotel George Washington Inn and Conference Center
500 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 220-1410

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
(540) 985-5900

The purpose of the institutes is to provide participants with strategies to increase proficiency in reading for ELLs. Registration is open to teachers of ELLs, elementary classroom teachers, secondary content teachers, and reading teachers. Participation at each 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 October 9, 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 (Word)