Superintendent’s Memo #193-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 7, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: English Language Development (ELD) Standards: Customizing Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) Training

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to ensure compliance with Section 3111(b)(2) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a two-day training titled English Language Development (ELD) Standards: Customizing Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) will be held at the following site on the dates specified below:

Date and Time
Training Location
and Lodging Information
Monday and Tuesday
November 16-17, 2015
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
(540) 985-5900

*Note: Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The training is open to all Virginia educators working with ELLs, including content-area classroom teachers with little or no experience with ELD standards.  Participants will gain an understanding of the components of the ELD standards and framework.  Participants will:

Additional information including an online registration link and lodging details can be found at the following link: The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration.  The deadline for registration is Monday, November 9, 2015.

Lodging Costs:  A limited block of hotel rooms for those outside of a fifty-mile radius of the training location will be paid by the Department.  The room cost will be master-billed to the Department upon departure.

Room reservations must be made by Friday, October 16, 2015.  It is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations.  To reserve a room, call the lodging information provided in the chart above and reference “Virginia Department of Education, English Language Development Standards: Customizing Instruction for English Language Learners Training.”

Authorized Expenses:  Evening meals, parking, and travel costs are the responsibility of attendees; however, these expenses are authorized activities and may be charged to local Title I, Part A; Title I, Part C; Title II, Part A; or Title III, Part A, budgets.  Materials, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

Cancellation: If participants need to cancel their hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly, as well as Christy Wallace, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than Monday, November 9, 2015 at or (540) 231-6735.

For questions, please contact Judy Radford, ESL professional development coordinator, at or (804) 786-1692.