SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 191
October 15, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Social Studies Teachers' Seminar in Israel|
The Virginia Department of Education, Old Dominion University, and the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board announce the 2000 History and Social Science Teachers' Study Seminar in Israel. This program offers middle and high school teachers and administrators a unique opportunity to focus on Virginia's History and Social Science Standards of Learning through on-site lectures and classroom observations in Israel. Besides school visits, seminar participants will attend talks arranged by the Israeli Ministry of Education, visit historic sites, and travel to Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and Tel Aviv. The seminar will concentrate on four major themes in the History and Social Science Standards of Learning: ancient civilizations, major religions, the Holocaust, and modern Middle Eastern politics and geography. 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 April 6, 2000, and return on April 16, 2000. Fifteen middle and/or high school 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 social studies contact persons in October. All finalists must be available for an interview in early January, 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 .