COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 166

August 19, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

United States History Connects An Interactive Online United States History Course Beginning November 7, 2005

 

United States History Connects, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered this fall. This class supports the Standards of Learning for teaching United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present; and Virginia and United States History. 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 courses through Old Dominion University.

 

The class will be offered on the Internet at http://historyconnects.pwnet.org/ and is supported with a CD-ROM. Registration may be completed online at that website. Teachers may register from September 19 to October 17, 2005, and the class starts November 7, 2005. The course ends December 16, 2005. Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 teachers who sign up for license renewal points. Enrollment is unlimited for teachers who sign up for graduate credit.

 

The goals of the course are as follows:

 

The course consists of five components, each of which is expected to take approximately five hours. Each component includes activities, resource links, a discussion board, and quizzes. The CD-ROM contains videos that explain the subject matter being discussed. Teachers will find many ideas, resources, and links that will assist them in the classroom.

 

The course includes the following five topics:

 

Carolyn J. Lawes, a professor of history at Old Dominion University since 1993, will teach the course. She works regularly with Virginia teachers to improve their ability to teach the Standards of Learning. Please contact her at clawes@odu.edu or at (757) 683-3949, for information about earning graduate credit.

 

For more information, please contact Beverly Thurston, Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, coordinator, history and social science, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 225-2893.

 

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