COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 17

May 3, 2005

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

South Asia Institute for Middle and High School Teachers

 

The Virginia Center for the Teaching of International Studies (VCTIS) will host a seminar entitled Regional Security, Peace, and Conflict Management in South Asia this summer for 20 middle and high school teachers. The one-week summer institute will be held July 11-15, 2005, in Richmond. A copy of the brochure is attached.

 

Using experts drawn from Virginia universities and non-profit centers in Washington, D.C., the institute will examine: 1) the peoples, languages, and religions in South Asia, 2) the historical roots of modern South Asian politics, 3) current challenges to political stability and democracy, 4) weapons of mass destruction, 5) regional conflict and security, 6) globalization, trade, and worldwide economic integration, and 7) peacemaking and reconciliation in the region. Participants will explore instructional strategies and materials on South Asia that can be used in the classroom. They will receive copies of South Asia in Transition, produced by the Southern Center for International Studies.

 

The program is sponsored by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace, with materials funded by the Virginia Department of Education. All lodging, travel, and food expenses will be paid for participants outside the metropolitan Richmond area. Each participant will receive a $250 stipend. Additionally, there will be two one-day follow-up sessions. Participants must conduct workshops on the topic in their local area upon completion of the institute.

 

Interested teachers may download an application for the institute by selecting Schedule at www.vacenter.org. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2005. For additional information, please contact Dr. John Rossi, associate professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Virginia Commonwealth University, at (804) 827-2662 or jarossi@vcu.edu; or Dr. Linda Wallinger, assistant superintendent for instruction, Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 225-2034 or Linda.Wallinger@doe.virginia.gov.

 

LMW/saj

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/principals_memos/2005/ems017a.pdf