Superintendent's Memo #197-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 20, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Institutes for English Language Proficiency Standards and Assessments – Fall 2010

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with the English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards and assessment requirements under Section 1111(b)(7) and Section 3113(b)(2) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a fall Virginia-WIDA® Institute will be offered.  The Virginia-WIDA® Institute 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 Virginia-WIDA® Institute will: 1) gain a thorough understanding of how to integrate the WIDA ELP Standards and Standards of Learning (SOL) into classroom instruction and assessment; and 2) use data from ACCESS for ELLs®, state achievement tests, and classroom assessments to inform instruction and develop English language learner profiles.

The Institute will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at each site on September 28-30, 2010. Participants will be expected to attend all three days of training.

The Institute will be provided in two regions in the state as follows:

Region I
Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 379-3800

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

It is recommended that school divisions register a team of at least three participants which may include: (1) kindergarten through grade 12 ESL teachers; (2) middle and secondary core content teachers; (3) elementary classroom teachers; (4) reading specialists; (5) resource teachers; and 6) administrators. Course participation at each Virginia-WIDA® Institute is limited to 50 participants. 

Materials, breakfast, 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 below directly to make a reservation.  Please reference “Virginia-WIDA® Institute.” 

Region I
Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center
1021 Koger Center Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 379-3800

Region VII
Holiday Inn Express
1994 Carrollton Pike
Hillsville, VA 24343
(276) 728-9100

To register for a regional Virginia-WIDA® Institute site, please complete the online application by September 17, 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