COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 2

September 20, 2005

GENERAL INSTRUCTION

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Cultural Diversity Education Award

 

The Virginia Department of Education is soliciting applications for the Board of Educations Leadership in Cultural Diversity Education Award as described in the Informational SUPTS. MEMO NO. 250 dated December 17, 2004. The Board of Educations Leadership in Cultural Education Award recognizes schools and school divisions for effectively providing educational opportunities that promote an understanding and responsiveness to cultural diversity for all students and the school community.

 

Education on cultural diversity includes, but is not limited to, strategies and programs that promote a school climate that is culturally responsive to all students. Diversity forums, cultural presentations, professional development training, and collaboration between school and community groups are just a few examples of effective approaches.

 

Each recipient of the award will be presented a certificate by the Board of Education, and the award program will be on the web site of the Virginia Department of Education.

 

The criteria for selection are:

 

  • Continuous development of strategies that encourage success for all students

 

  • Sustained activities and programs that promote an atmosphere of inclusiveness for all students

 

  • Ongoing activities that eliminate prejudice

 

  • Development of innovative programs that promote cultural understanding

 

To be considered for the award, a school or school division must complete an application (attached). All requirements are listed in the application.

 

The submission timeline is as follows:

 

  • Fall quarter submissions must be received by October 7, 2005. Recipients will be honored at the Board of Education meeting, November 16, 2005.

 

  • Winter quarter submissions must be received by January 12, 2006. Recipients will be honored at the Board of Education meeting, March 22, 2006.

 

  • Spring quarter submissions must be received by April 10, 2006. Recipients will be honored at the Board of Education meeting, June 21, 2006.

 

Applications may be submitted electronically to: Vivian.Stith-Williams@doe.virginia.gov or mailed to:

 

Dr. Vivian Stith-Williams

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

 

If you have any question or need additional information on the Leadership in Cultural Diversity Education Award, please contact Dr. Vivian Stith-Williams, parent specialist, at 804-371-7420 or e-mail address as noted above.

 

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