Superintendent’s Memo #210-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 24, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Fall Graduate-Level Course for K-12 Teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs)

As part of the Virginia Department of Education’s ongoing effort to meet the state professional development requirements for Title III, Part A, Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a fall graduate-level course for all teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 will be offered in collaboration with the University of Mary Washington.  The graduate-level course, entitled TESL 532: Differentiated Instruction Across the Curriculum for English Language Learners, will be held in two locations: Nottoway County and University of Mary Washington: Stafford Campus.  The course will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at each site on the following four Saturdays: September 29, October 27, November 17, and December 1, 2012. Additional online classes will be held on October 13 and November 3, 2012.

The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to effective strategies for differentiating instruction for ELLs in the mainstream classroom. Participants will receive three hours of graduate-level credit through the University of Mary Washington upon successful completion of the course.

The Virginia Department of Education will pay the tuition and book costs for all participants.  The costs of travel, meals, and lodging, if needed, will be the responsibility of the participants.

Course participation at each site is limited to the first 30 teachers. To enroll in the course, please go to the following Web site and follow the directions in the “Welcome” message

Questions regarding registration may be directed to Patricia Reynolds at the University of Mary Washington at or (540) 286-8093.

If you have questions about the course, please contact Judy Radford, ESL coordinator, at the Virginia Department of Education, at (804)786-1692 or at