COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 43
February 26, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: History and Social Science Implementation Resource Documents
This spring the Department of Education will produce grade-
level implementation resource documents for the History and 
Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL). The resource 
documents will provide amplifications of the knowledge and 
skills presented in each standard.  The resource documents, 
which should serve as a foundation for curriculum 
development, will not constitute a revision of the History 
and Social Science Standards of Learning.  

Committees comprised of curriculum coordinators from local 
school divisions and college faculty will be invited to 
work with the Department to identify the knowledge and 
skills that should be included in the amplifications for 
each standard.  Those committees will be organized 
according to the following grade-level and subject 
categories: Kindergarten - Grade Three; Grade Four; Grades 
Five and Six; World History; World Geography; United 
States History; and Grade Seven & United States and 
Virginia Government.

Consultants with expertise in history, geography, economics, 
and civics will be invited to review the work of the seven 
committees.  In addition, teachers and administrators from 
local school divisions will have opportunities to examine and 
comment on the implementation resource documents. The 
resource documents will be available in May 1999 for use in 
orientation sessions with local curriculum coordinators. 

Questions about the history and social science implementation 
resource documents can be directed to Harvey R. Carmichael, 
History and Social Science Specialist, Virginia Department of 
Education, at (804) 225-2891.

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