COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 191

September 23, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Using Algeblocks, a Professional Development Tool for Middle and High School Teachers

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to provide a professional development tool for middle and high school teachers of mathematics. Using Algeblocks is now available online in streaming video format at http://www.vdoe.whro.org/A_Blocks05/index.html. As described in Informational Superintendents Memorandum Number 195, dated October 13, 2000, Modeling Algebra for Student Success Initiative, sets of Algeblocks were distributed statewide to all middle and high schools. Using Algeblocks, supports that initiative by providing online training to teachers who either need an introduction to the use of Algeblocks or need to reacquaint themselves with the manipulative.

 

In addition to the streaming video format, one DVD of Using Algeblocks will be mailed to each division on or before October 28, 2005. Divisions have permission to make as many copies of the DVD as needed.

 

If you have questions about Using Algeblocks, please contact Lois Williams, Ed.D. (Lois.Williams@doe.virginia.gov), mathematics specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 786-8078.

 

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