Superintendent's Memo #012-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 21, 2011

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 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, a spring institute for teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in kindergarten through grade twelve will be offered. The institute, entitled " What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English" has been developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and will be held on February 16-18, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following two sites:

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

Holiday Inn Leesburg at Carradoc Hall
1500 East Market Street
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
(703) 771-9200

The purpose of the institute is to provide participants with strategies to increase proficiency in reading for ELLs. This training is open to teachers of ELLs, elementary classroom teachers, secondary content teachers, and reading teachers. Registration for each site is limited to forty-eight participants.

Registration costs, materials, breakfast, lunch, and breaks will be provided for all participants. Additionally, a limited block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the state rate for participants requiring an overnight stay. The room cost will be master-billed to the Department upon departure. Evening meals, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of the participants. However, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III, Part A; or Title IV, Part B, budgets.

Please contact the hotels listed above directly to make a room reservation. Please reference "Virginia Department of Education Reading for ELLs Institute."

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will manage online registration. The deadline for registration is February 11, 2011. Participants may register online for the institute at:

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stacy Freeman, ESL specialist, at (804) 371-0778 or