COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 26

October 18, 2005

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Award of Excellence in the Teaching of International Studies

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the second annual Award of Excellence in the Teaching of International Studies, given by The Virginia Center for the Teaching of International Studies. The Virginia Center encourages each high school principal to nominate an exemplary teacher for this award. The award will be presented at the Annual Gala Dinner of the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, Virginia. This years dinner will honor former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage. The Virginia Center is a non-profit partnership between the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond and the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

The award recipient will receive a plaque in recognition of his or her achievement, a small cash award, and the opportunity to sit at the head table at the annual dinner with other distinguished members of the international community in Virginia.

 

In order to qualify for nomination, teachers must:

 

  currently teach world history, world geography, government, international studies, or foreign language at the high school level;

  be nominated by the school principal;

  incorporate international studies into their curriculum. International studies is defined as the examination of contemporary political, economic, or social issues in different regions of the world; and

  be active professionally in improving their knowledge of international studies and how to best teach it.

 

Principals are asked to submit the following materials:

 

        letter of nomination from the principal with reasons for why the teacher should be considered for the award;

        current rsum of the teacher nominated; and

        completed application form (see attachment).

 

Applications must be returned no later than Monday, October 24, 2005, to:

 

Dr. John Rossi, Co-director

Virginia Center for the Teaching

of International Studies

P. O. Box 25206

Richmond, VA 23260

Fax: 804-644-0086

 

The Virginia Department of Education encourages high school principals to nominate deserving teachers for this award. For further information, please contact Helen Small (Helen.Small@doe.virginia.gov), specialist for foreign languages, at 804-225-3666; or Dr. Beverly Thurston (Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov), coordinator, history and social sciences and international studies, at 804-225-2893, Office of Middle and High School Instruction.

 

LW/HS/BT/yba

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/principals_memos/2005/ems026a.doc