COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 30

September 30, 2008

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Online Application for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education

 

Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society are seeking applications for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International Education.  The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for U.S. students and annually awards prizes totaling $150,000 in five different categories.   

 

Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state, and media/technology prizes are due Monday, December 1, 2008.  For more information and to access the online application, please visit http://asiasociety.org/gsfprizes.

 

The 2008 prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

 

Elementary/Middle School ($25,000)

An elementary or middle school that engages all or most of its students in learning about other world regions, cultures and languages.

 

High School ($25,000)

A secondary school that engages all or most of its students in learning about Asia, Africa, Latin America or the Middle East, or about international affairs through its curriculum and through partnerships with other countries or local organizations.

 

District/State ($25,000)

A state or one of the 100 largest school districts that is actively promoting the development of international knowledge and skills on a wide scale through the creation of robust policies and specific programming initiatives.

 

Media/Technology ($25,000)

A program within a U.S. based public or private for-profit or nonprofit organization that has developed outstanding programs that use media/technology to educate students or teachers about other world regions and cultures, or international issues. 

 

For further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social sciences, 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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