August 21, 2012

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2012.232 – FY13 Statewide Bilingual Program Directors' Meeting Memo

TO:                 Bilingual Program Directors

FROM:            Reyna P. Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent, Center for Language and Early Child Development

DATE:             August 21, 2012

RE:                 FY13 Annual State Bilingual Directors' Meeting

On Monday, September 10, 2012 and Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the Division of English Language Learning (DELL) will hold a two-day meeting required for all program directors of TBE/TPI and Title Ill (LIPLEPS/IEP) programs. The purpose of this mandatory annual meeting is to provide useful administrative information for implementation of your programs, professional development opportunities, and peer-networking.  This year, the meeting will include information on the new Alternative ACCESS for ELLs assessment, new policy updates related to part-time programs and RTI, as well as professional development sessions on program design and implementing the Common Core in ELL classrooms.  DELL will provide each director with new and updated materials and resources.

Please download the registration form at and return it to the Illinois Resource Center no later than September 4, 2012.  Pre-registered guests will receive a confirmation postcard from the Illinois Resource Center.

Registration fees, lodging, mileage or per diem expenses must be included in either the district's LIPLEPS or TBE/TPl program budget under the improvement of instruction services line item, function 2210/300, in order for your district to charge these expenses to the grant as an approved activity. You must follow your school district travel policies to claim a reimbursement for the above meeting expenses.

This year's meeting will be held at the Lisle/Naperville Hilton, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL, 60532. A block of rooms has been reserved for Sunday and Monday nights, September 9-10, 2012. You must call the hotel directly to reserve your room at (630) 505-0900 and refer to group code “CISB”. The deadline to make hotel reservations is Monday, August 27, 2012. The single room rate is $80 (state rate) and $100 for a double. Room rates are also subject to a 11% tax.

As a reminder, please contact DELL at (312) 814-3850 for technical assistance related to any programmatic issues or if you need assistance with revising/amending your FY13 LIPLEPS or TBE/TPI program budget.

I wish you and your programs great success this year and look forward to seeing you in September.

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