COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 210

October 15, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Technical Assistance Opportunities for United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to inform you of a series of technical assistance opportunities related to fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade history and social science courses.

 

1. The Virginia Department of Education is sponsoring four regional one-day teacher academies November 9, 11, 16, and 18, 2004, for teachers of United States History to 1877 and United States History: 1877 to the Present. Each academy will provide presentations in instructional strategies designed to assist teachers as they prepare their students for the course assessment. Attachment A to this memorandum provides a schedule of sites and a registration form. For further information, please contact Betsy Barton (bbarton@mail.vak12ed.edu), history and social science specialist, Office of Elementary Instructional Services, at (804) 225-3454.

 

2. The Virginia Department of Education is sponsoring two regional one-day instructional leadership symposiums for division personnel with leadership responsibilities in history and social science instruction. The purpose of these symposiums will be to make available technical assistance related to United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics. Attachment B to this memorandum provides a schedule of sites and a registration form. These symposiums are scheduled for Roanoke on November 30, 2004, and Richmond on December 2, 2004. For further information, please contact Beverly Thurston (bthursto@mail.vak12ed.edu), history and social science and international education coordinator, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2893.

 

3. The History and Social Science Enhanced Scope and Sequence is available in Word and .pdf formats on the Department of Educations website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/EnhancedSandS/. This resource is intended to help teachers align their classroom instruction with the History and Social Science Standards of Learning that were adopted by the Board of Education in March 2001.

 

4. United States History Connects, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered during fall and spring semesters each year. This class supports the Standards of Learning for teaching United States History to 1877 and United States History: 1877 to the Present. The class is free for Virginia teachers who wish to earn up to 45 license renewal points, or it may be taken for three graduate credits through Old Dominion University. Registration information is available at http://historyconnects.pwnet.org/.

 

5. A resource CD-ROM in Word and .pdf formats will be produced and disseminated to all teachers of United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics during December 2004. This resources catalog will contain copies of all Virginia Department of Education documents pertinent to the targeted History and Social Science Standards of Learning. It will include the standards, the History and Social Science Enhanced Scope and Sequence, blueprints, and key informational memorandums.

 

6. A resource website, entitled United States History: Connecting the Past to the Present, is currently being designed to support the Standards of Learning for teaching United States History to 1877 and United States History: 1877 to the Present. The Web site will include content information for students and teachers, lesson plans, video clips, ready resources for the classroom, pictures, primary documents, Internet links, graphics, and maps. This website will be available in Spring 2005.

 

7. A fiveday Summer Academy for teachers of United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics will be sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education in 2005. This core content academy is tentatively scheduled at James Madison University. The focus of the academy will be to provide professional development opportunities to teachers in the appropriate content areas. More information will be available in early 2005.

 

If you need further information about any of these professional development opportunities or teaching tools, please contact Beverly Thurston (bthursto@mail.vak12ed.edu), history and social science and international education coordinator, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2893 or Betsy Barton (bbarton@mail.vak12ed.edu), history and social science specialist, Office of Elementary Instructional Services, at (804) 225-3454.

 

JLD/yba

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/inf210a.doc

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