SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 131
July 2, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Virginia Center for the Teaching of International Studies|
I am pleased to send you a copy of the first issue of the newsletter of the Virginia Center for the Teaching of International Studies, a newly launched teaching institution strongly supported by the Department of Education. Please take a moment to introduce yourself to this impressive new teacher resource center. Established in January, the center is a partnership among the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond, the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Department of Education, local school divisions, Workforce One, and the Southern Center for International Studies. The center's mission is to prepare middle and high school students for citizenship in an interdependent world through the professional development of teachers. The newsletter highlights and summarizes the activities of the center during its first five months, features information about the content presentations at its workshops, and identifies websites on international issues useful to classroom teachers. The center looks forward to working closely with history, social science, and foreign language teachers in Virginia secondary schools. Its well trained staff conducts workshops throughout the commonwealth focusing each year on one or two world regions. This year's concentration is on Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Each full- day workshop includes content presentations by experts from Virginia's many prestigious universities, and sessions on how to teach the materials in ways that support the Virginia Standards of Learning. The instructional materials used were created by the Southern Center for International Studies. The Department of Education will provide these materials to each middle and high school in Virginia. Please consider taking advantage of the services provided by the Virginia Center for the Teaching of International Studies and feel free to call the center at (804) 644-0085. If you have questions or desire additional information, you may also contact Dr. Beverly Thurston at (804) 225-2893. PDS/pc Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.