COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 137
August 29,, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Application for 1997-98 Title II Eisenhower Funds


  Enclosed are the informational materials pertaining to the
  1997-98 Title II Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional
  Development Program application. Eisenhower funds are
  distributed on a formula basis to school divisions for the
  primary purpose of providing professional development
  activities to teachers and other professional staff in
  support of the implementation of the Standards of Learning. 

  The accompanying materials describe the Eisenhower program
  and provide instructions regarding the application
  procedure. Included in this package are the 1997-98
  Application form (Form B), the Needs Assessment/Three-Year
  Plan form for English and History and Social Science (Form
  A), and a revised listing of entitlements by school
  divisions.  All school divisions applying for Eisenhower
  funds must complete the 1997-1998 Application (Form B).

  Last summer, the Department of Education requested and
  received approval for a three-year waiver of section 2206(b)
  of the Title II Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  (ESEA).  The waiver permits the Virginia Department of
  Education to use Eisenhower Professional Development funds
  to support activities for the four Standards of Learning
  core discipline areas: mathematics, science, history, and
  English.  This waiver is effective through the 1998-1999
  Eisenhower grant.  

  The law requires that a Professional Development Needs
  Assessment and Three-Year Eisenhower Staff Development Plan
  be approved before Eisenhower funds are used for staff
  development to implement any core subject area.  

  School divisions who received a 1995-96 Eisenhower grant,
  have already submitted a Professional Development Needs
  Assessment and Three-Year Eisenhower Staff Development Plan
  for Mathematics and Science. This plan may remain in effect
  through the 1997-98  Eisenhower grant, or may be modified by
  the LEA to accommodate the intent of the waiver. The
  modification may include an extension through the 1998-1999
  Eisenhower grant to align with a three-year plan for English
  and history and social science.  

  School divisions planning to use Eisenhower funds for staff
  development in English, history, and/or social science for
  the first time this year will need to complete the enclosed
  Needs Assessment/Three-Year Staff Development Plan for
  English and History and Social Science (Form A), or develop
  a narrative describing the results of a needs assessment
  correlated to a three-year plan.

  To receive funding, please submit by November 26, 1997 the
  following:

       two completed applications (the original and one copy)
       of the 1997-1998 Application (Form B), which includes a
       General Information Form (Form B-1a and Form B-1b), a
       narrative response to the questions in Project
       Description (Form B-2), and a Budget  (Form B-3),
       signed by the superintendent of the school division;

       one completed copy of the Needs Assessment/Three-Year
       Staff Development Plan for English and History and
       Social Science (Form A) if staff development funds are
       to be used in support of the English, History, and
       Social Science Standards of Learning and if not
       previously submitted; and,

       one copy, where appropriate, of any significant
       modification(s) or extensions(through 1999-2000) to the
       Eisenhower Needs Assessment/Three-Year Staff
       Development Plan for Mathematics and Science or for
       English and History and Social Science that was
       previously submitted.


  Submit the items to:
  Marcia D. Perry, Eisenhower Program Coordinator
  Virginia Department of Education
  P. O. Box 2120
  Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

  Should you have any questions or need additional
  information, please call Dr. Perry at (804) 786-7076. 

  RTL/mdp
  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.

  c: Eisenhower Project Directors