COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 28

May 4, 2004

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Science Standards Institute, July 19-23, 2004

 

The Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum of Virginia, in cooperation with five other state agencies, will conduct the Virginia Science Standards Institute (VSSI) again this summer. This five-day summer learning experience for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade teachers is designed to support the implementation of the Science Standards of Learning and provide detailed training along with print and hands-on resources on the science content and skills at those grade levels.

 

VSSI is scheduled for July 19-23, 2004, and will be conducted at Twin Lakes State Park in Prince Edward County, a site that has a rich natural learning environment with comfortable meeting and lodging facilities. Participants in past years have found this to be an extremely valuable learning experience and a great opportunity to network with other teachers from all regions of the state.

 

The cost for the institute is $995 per person. This includes food, lodging, and instructional materials. Virginia educators will be eligible to receive up to 40 points for licensure renewal. School divisions may use their NCLB Title II, Part A, teacher training funds, in accordance with their approved division plans, to send teachers to this institute. As in past years, spaces for the institute will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Please share this information and the attached application with your division science contact person fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade science lead teachers, science points of contact, and other pertinent educators who are interested in improving their science content knowledge and teaching skills. For additional information, please contact Dr. Dennis Casey (dcasey@vmnh.net), director of education, Virginia Museum of Natural History, at (276) 666-8620.

 

PIW/yba

 

Attachment

 

http://www.pen.k12.va.us/administrators/principals_memos/2004/ems028a.pdf