COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 200

October 1, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Eastern Regional NSTA Professional Development Institute Journey into Science in Richmond, December 2-4, 2004

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) supports the program, Building a Presence for Science (BAPS), and its implementation in providing many opportunities for professional development training on the Science Standards of Learning.

 

Virginia is one of the original 12 states to participate in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and ExxonMobil Educational Foundations initiative to create a comprehensive communication and professional development network for science. Working closely with NSTA, the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) continues to provide other professional development training for the science key leaders.

 

VAST will host the Eastern Regional NSTA Professional Development Institute Journey into Science in Richmond, December 2-4, 2004. The content strands for professional development in this institute will include (a) maximizing resources in standards-based instruction, (b) technology integration, (c) biotechnology, and (d) interdisciplinary study of watersheds.

 

This year, BAPS provided regional academies introducing, A Toolkit for Professional Development: Science as Inquiry, for all key leaders. Key leaders received all materials to replicate this training in their divisions. Additionally, the Meade Instrument Corporation donated 14 telescopes to the BAPS program, and the Science Museum of Virginia provided training on the telescopes for the selected divisions in each of the eight regions.

 

Building a Presence for Science is a voluntary initiative, and I hope that your division will encourage your science key leaders and points of contact to take advantage of this professional network. The program can be an important component for implementing the Science Standards of Learning. Please share this memorandum with your key instructional leaders and divisions science key leader.

 

For additional information about the program and the December meeting, please contact Billie Reid, Virginia coordinator, at (804) 225-3119 or by e-mail at breid@mail.vak12ed.edu

 

 

JLD/br