August 5, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

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

Date and Time Institute Location and Lodging Information
ExC-ELL 101
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
October 5-7, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
Newport News Marriott at City Center
740 Town Center Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23606
ExC-ELL 101
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
October 10-12, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center
2801 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, Virginia 24017

*Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The ExC-ELL 101 Institute is intended for kindergarten through grade 12 educators of English learners.  The three-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 and Lodging:  The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage online registration and lodging. A limited block of hotel rooms for participants outside of a fifty-mile radius of the training location will be provided.  Lodging reservations will be made during the online registration process.  Please register and reserve your lodging room, if needed, online at Your room will be charged to the Department’s master account.  The deadline for registration and lodging is Thursday, September 1, 2016.

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 Christy Wallace, the Virginia Tech registrar, no later than September 26, 2016, at or (540) 231-6735. Failure to advise the registrar in advance may result in lodging charges to the attendee.

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