Superintendent’s Memo #194-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 7, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL) 101 Institute

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), an ExC-ELL 101 Institute for educators of English Language Learners (ELLs) will be offered.  This two-day professional development training will be presented by Dr. Margarita Calderón & Associates at the following site on the dates specified below:

Date and Time
Institute Location
and Lodging Information
ExC-ELL 101
Thursday and Friday,
September 10-11, 2015
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue Roanoke, Virginia  24016
(540) 985-5900

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

The ExC-ELL 101 Institute is intended for kindergarten through grade 12 educators of ELLs.  The two-day training will present, model, and engage participants in research-based instructional strategies for integrating academic language, reading comprehension, and writing strategies into the content areas to assist ELLs in mastering academic content.

Registration:  Additional information including an online registration link and lodging details can be located at the following link:  The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration. The deadline for registration is Thursday, September 3, 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, August 14, 2015.   It is the responsibility of attendees to make their own reservations.  To reserve a room, call the hotel provided in the chart above and reference “Virginia Department of Education, ExC-ELL 101 Institute.

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 Thursday, September 3, 2015, at or (540) 231-6735.

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