SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 190
October 15, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Teachers' Study Seminar in Egypt|
The Virginia Department of Education and Old Dominion University announce the 2000 Teachers' Study Seminar in Egypt. This program offers elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators a unique opportunity to focus on Virginia's Standards of Learning through on-site lectures and field observations in Egypt. Besides academic lectures, seminar participants will attend talks arranged by the Egyptian Geographical Society, visit historic sites, and travel to Luxor and the Valley of Kings. The seminar will concentrate on specific Standards of Learning for social studies, mathematics, science, and art. For example, the history and social science Standards of Learning require elementary teachers and students to study Egypt. Additional study of Egypt is required in grades eight, nine, and ten. Mathematics and Science Standards of Learning include the study of Egypt through the alphabet, calendars, architecture, monuments, geometry, and geology. The teachers will use different technologies, including the internet, to provide their students with a "virtual" field trip to Egypt. Participating teachers will return to Virginia's school divisions with fresh insights to carry out a demanding curricula. The Virginia study seminar is an eleven-day trip scheduled to leave the United States on February 10, 2000, and return on February 20, 2000. Fifteen teachers and administrators will be selected to travel as representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applicants must obtain permission from their school division and complete an application form to be eligible for the study seminar. An announcement of the seminar and an application form will be mailed to all principals in October. All finalists must be available for an interview on December 11, if needed. Selected participants must agree to attend two one-day training seminars in Richmond before the departure date. The training seminars provide essential orientation and background materials for the trip. The costs to participants will be approximately $1,950 per person. Some scholarships may be available. Costs may vary slightly because negotiations for meals and lodging have not been completed. Thank you for your support of the study seminar. If you have questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, specialist for History and Social Sciences and International Education, at (804) 225-2893. PDS/BT/eh .