Superintendent's Memo #001-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 8, 2010

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 Institutes

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 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 February 17-19, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two sites as follows:

Sheraton Park South Hotel
9901 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 323-1144

Hilton Garden Inn
120 Wingate Drive
Winchester, Virginia 22601
(540) 722-8881

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 register for a training site, please complete the online application by February 12, 2010, at:

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