COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 113
May 21, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Model Training and Programs Initiative
The Model Training and Programs Initiative was established 
by the 1998 Virginia General Assembly to provide model 
teacher, principal, and superintendent training, in-service 
activities, and programs geared specifically to the 
Standards of Learning, the statewide assessments, and 
technology applications.  To support this initiative, 
$800,000 was appropriated to the Department of Education 
for fiscal year 1999.  The department has combined this 
state funding with some federal funds (Eisenhower and Title 
VI), as well as private dollars, to provide school 
divisions with the components of the initiative described 
on the attachment.  More detailed descriptions of these 
products will be available on the department's homepage 
www.pen.k12.va.us.

Example components include content modules, lesson 
samplers, videotapes, software, CD-ROMS, Web-based SOL-
discipline links, and SOL instructional support materials.  
The distribution of the materials will vary depending on 
the intended use and audience. Some of the components are 
available now, and others will be released in the coming 
weeks.   A distribution form is included in this packet to 
permit you to select those materials that you want sent to 
your schools/school division, as well as the person to 
receive them.  Please return the distribution form to Jane 
Johnson, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, 
Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

We look forward to sharing additional information regarding 
these materials with you through the DOE Hour, video-
conferencing, regional workshops and institutes, Best 
Practice Centers, and the DOE Web page. If you have 
questions regarding the products, please contact the 
appropriate specialists or Jo Lynne DeMary, assistant 
superintendent for instruction, at 804) 225-3252 or via 
E-mail at jdemary@pen.k12.va.us.

PDS/JLD/jj

Attachments:    A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
                ment will be sent to the superintendent's
                office.