COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 20

September 19, 2006

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Two Professional Development Opportunities for High School Teachers

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce two professional development opportunities for high school teachers provided by the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) and the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) through the Christopher Newport University Center for Economic Education and Lynchburg College Center for Economic Education.

 

The Right Start Institute - A four-day residential program designed for teachers who are new to teaching economics (three years or less) to identify and understand basic economics content and develop lesson plans for effectively teaching high school economics. The program primarily focuses on economic content, but also includes demonstration lectures, simulations, special topic discussions and readings.

 

The program will be conducted November 4-7, 2006, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Newport News, Virginia. Tuition and fees are covered as well as lodging and most food. A refundable deposit of $100 must accompany the registration form, to be returned at the end of the program.

 

Please visit the website to obtain more information or register at http://fte.org/teachers/programs/rightstart/. If you have questions, call the CNU Center for Economic Education at (757) 594-7404 or by at e-mail econedu@cnu.edu.

 

Issues of International Trade - A one-day institute to assist teachers in utilizing international trade issues in their classroom. International trade provides ready-made material for teachers wanting to engage students in current events such as the global market, child labor, trade deficits, the Euro, sanctions, tariffs, embargoes, and many other issues. Workshop participants will receive a collection of lessons that help students build a foundation for their opinions on the news of the day.

 

The institute will be conducted Friday, December 1, 2006, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Lynchburg College, Brewer Townhouse. There will be no charge for tuition or materials. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. A refundable deposit of $25 must accompany the registration form, to be returned at the end of the program.

 

For further information on the institute, please visit the website at http://www.fte.org/teachers/programs/trade/. If you have questions call the Lynchburg College Center for Economic Education by e-mail at ayers.c@lynchburg.edu or by telephone at (434) 544-8791; or Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history, social sciences and international education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

 

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