Superintendent’s Memo No. 232-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 22, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  WIDA 101: Introduction to English Language Development (ELD) Standards and Assessments Workshop

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 one-day workshop titled WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) 101: Introduction to English Language Development (ELD) Standards and Assessments will be held at the following sites on the specified dates below:

Date and Time
Workshop Location
and Lodging Information

Monday, September 29, 2014

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*

Richmond Hilton Hotel and Spa at Short Pump
12042 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23233
(804) 364-3600

Friday, October 3, 2014

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.

This workshop will provide an overview of the ELD Standards framework and accompanying assessments.  Educators of English Language Learners (ELLs) with little or no experience with ELD Standards and assessments are encouraged to attend.  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, September 22, 2014.

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 Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  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, WIDA 101.”

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, September 22, 2014, at (540) 231-6735 or (540) 231-5182, or

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