SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 70
March 29, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Standards of Learning Curriculum Share Fairs|
The Department of Education will host several SOL Share Fairs designed to provide opportunities for educators from every Virginia school division to participate in curriculum development/alignment seminars and to network with others who are involved in aligning curriculum to the revised Standards of Learning. The four SOL Share Fairs will accommodate teams of participants from each school division in two adjoining Superintendents' Study Group regions. The Share Fairs are scheduled as follows: Regions II and III Monday, May 20 William and Mary Regions I and VIII Tuesday, May 21 Longwood Regions VI and VII Wednesday, May 29 Virginia Tech Regions IV and V Thursday, May 30 Ingleside, Staunton Several Key Instructional Leaders in every region, as well as the Department of Education regional representatives, will collaborate with a Department of Education team in planning the Share Fair program for each site. Each SOL Share Fair will include: - sessions led by Department of Education staff related to curriculum issues in each of the four, core SOL subject areas; - sessions led by selected school divisions which have completed the alignment of their curriculum to the revised SOLs. They will model both the alignment/development process and the curriculum product; - a "job-alike" lunch to facilitate networking and collaboration; and - networking sessions consisting of special topics and curriculum initiatives in your region. SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 70 March 29, 1996 Specific information regarding registration and the Share Fair program agenda will be sent to the Key Instructional contact person in your school division by mid April. Your support and participation will ensure that the Share Fairs will provide a significant source of information and technical assistance to school divisions in their curriculum alignment efforts. We are pleased to be able to provide each school division with the option of sending a maximum of eight staff members to their regional Share Fair. Participants who would benefit most from the Share Fair sessions would be your staff who will contribute to division level curriculum development/alignment committees. If you need additional information or have questions, please contact James Heywood, Director of Elementary and Middle School Instructional Services at (804) 225-2865. WCBJr/atb c: Key Instructional Leader Contact This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. Registration Memo The SOL Share Fair for Superintendents' Study Group Regions ____________________ and _______________ will be held on ______________________ , May ____________ , 1996, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at . You are invited to send a team of ______________ persons to represent your division. Team members should include curriculum leaders across subject areas and grade levels as well as Key Instructional Leaders. Suggestions from every Superintendents' Study Group across Virginia helped shape the Share Fair program. The program is designed to provide each division team information related to: the impact of the Standards of Learning on Standards of Accreditation and other areas of instruction; subject-specific considerations related to curriculum alignment; examples of the curriculum alignment process used by selected divisions; a job-alike lunch; and, an opportunity for the divisions in Regions ______________ _______ and _________________________ to network and share with one another current curriculum revision initiatives. Please complete the enclosed registration form and send it to _________________________ by ______________________. If you are willing to share your division's curriculum alignment efforts via a 30-minute informal roundtable discussion, please indicate your interest on the registration form. A member of the Share Fair Planning Committee will contact you immediately. Please call _________ ___________________ at ( ) _______________ if you have any questions about the Share Fair program or your participation in the roundtable sessions. We look forward to seeing you in _________________________________.