COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 55
March 28, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Instructional Resources Trade Shows 

 
     The results of the Virginia Department of Education's
  Standards of Learning Survey that was completed by school
  divisions in the fall of 1996 indicate a need for awareness
  of instructional materials that are correlated with the
  Standards of Learning for English, history and the social
  sciences, mathematics, and science.  In anticipation of
  funds budgeted by the General Assembly for instructional
  resources, three one-day regional Instructional Resources
  Trade Shows will be sponsored by the Virginia Education
  Association, the Virginia Association for Supervision and
  Curriculum Development, and the Virginia Department of
  Education.  These shows are specifically designed to
  highlight instructional materials that support the Virginia
  Standards of Learning in the four core curriculum areas for
  grades K-12.

     Attached is a schedule indicating the dates, times, and
  locations of the trade shows.  Each of the three shows will
  be held from 10:00 A.M. until  6:00 P.M.  Teams of six
  teachers and instructional leaders from each school division
  are invited to attend the shows from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00
  P.M.  Beginning at 2:30 P.M. and continuing until 6:00 P.M.,
  the shows will be open to all interested teachers and
  instructional leaders.

     It is expected that approximately 40 vendors will be
  represented at these shows.  The vendors have been asked to
  concentrate their materials on areas of critical need in
  English, history and the social sciences, mathematics, and
  science.  Those areas of critical need  are included as an
  attachment to this memorandum.

     I hope that all school divisions will take advantage of
  this opportunity to have staff  review instructional
  materials that may be appropriate to address instructional
  resource needs.   Those wishing to participate should
  identify six people from their school division to attend one
  of the trade shows and send their names and addresses on the
  attached reservation form by April 30, 1997, to Robert A.
  Almond, Associate Director, Vocational Education and
  Employment Training Services, Virginia Department of
  Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. 
  Additional information will be mailed to the respective team
  members upon receipt of the reservation form.  

      Questions regarding the Instructional Resources Trade
  Shows should be directed to Mrs. Phyllis Ayers, English
  Specialist for the Department of Education.  She can be
  reached by calling  (804) 371-7585.

  RTL/pc

  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office


              AREAS OF CRITICAL NEED FOR STANDARDS OF LEARNING 
                         IMPLEMENTATION



     ENGLISH:
     K-3 Reading Materials
     K-12 Writing Software
     K-12 Oral Language Materials
     Technical Reading/Writing Materials
     K-12 Reading Software

     HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE:
     K-3 History and Social Science
     K-12 Economics
     20th Century Virginia History
     Local and State Government in Virginia

     MATHEMATICS:
     K-8 Activities-based Materials:
     Geometry
     Probability
     Statistics and Data Analysis
     Patterns, Functions, and Algebra
     9-12 Applications of SOL Content
     Using Graphing Calculators, Computer Graphing
      Utilities, Scientific Probeware
     Databases and Spreadsheets
     Algebra
     Geometry, especially Coordinate and Transformational 
      Geometry
     Probability and Statistics

     SCIENCE:
     K-12 Science Skills 
     K-3 Force, Motion, and Energy
     Grade 4 Virginia Resources
     K-5 Computer/Technology Skills in a Science 
       Content/Skills Context
     Earth Science - Virginia features
     Biology - DNA technologies
     Chemistry - Organic, Biochemistry, Nuclear,    
       Environmental










                    Instructional Resources Trade Show
                         Reservation Form

  School Division ____________________________________________
  Location of the trade show your team will attend____________

  Name/Address                          Position

  1. __________________________         _________________________
     __________________________
     __________________________

  2. __________________________         _________________________
     __________________________
     __________________________

  3. __________________________         _________________________
     __________________________
     __________________________

  4. __________________________         _________________________
     __________________________
     __________________________

  5. __________________________         _________________________
     __________________________
     __________________________

  6. __________________________         _________________________
     __________________________
     __________________________

  Please return this reservation form no later than April 30,
  1997, to Robert A. Almond, Associate Director, Vocational
  Education and Employment Training Services, Virginia
  Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia
  23218-2120.  

                    Instructional Resources Trade Shows
                         Dates and Locations

     The Virginia Education Association, The Virginia
  Department of Education, and the Virginia Association for
  Supervision and Curriculum Development are co-sponsoring
  three regional Instructional Resources Trade Shows to assist
  school divisions in identifying resources that will be
  useful in implementing Virginia's new Standards of Learning.
     Approximately 40 educational supply consultants have
  been invited to display instructional materials that are
  correlated to the new standards.  Six-member teams from
  school divisions can preview the materials between 10:00
  A.M. and 2:00 P.M.  Classroom teachers are invited to
  preview the materials between 2:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.  Dates
  and locations of the shows are listed below.

               SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
               Tuesday, May 20, 1997
               New River Community College
               Dublin, Virginia

               NORTHERN AND EASTERN VIRGINIA
               Thursday, May 22, 1997
               Spotsylvania County Vocational Center
               Spotsylvania County, Virginia

               EASTERN, CENTRAL, AND SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA
               Tuesday, May 27, 1997
               Virginia State University
               Colson Auditorium - Harris Hall
               Petersburg, Virginia