COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 176

September 8, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

 

I am pleased to bring to your attention the recognition of Constitution Day to be celebrated officially this year on September 18, 2006. As you know, Congress passed legislation that requires the implementation of an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution, on a date designated by statute as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This 2004 Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Public Law 108-447, and applies to educational institutions receiving federal funding from the United States Department of Education (USED).

 

All schools may determine what kind of educational program is appropriate for their students. Some informational resources pertaining to the Constitution that may be useful in planning educational activities are listed on the USEDs website at http://www.ed.gov. Go to the search box and enter Constitution Day. Information about citizenship and civics is also available at other nonpartisan websites including the following addresses: http://BillofRightsInstitute.org and http://www.constitutionday.com/.

 

In conjunction with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, the Virginia Department of Education also is pleased to provide teachers and school divisions with a new website entitled, Everyday Civics. The Web site highlights civics Standards of Learning for elementary, middle, and secondary teachers, and includes information, pictures, lesson plans, links, teacher resources, and a discussion board. In addition, the website supports the legislative mandates of the Commission on Civics Education.

 

Everyday Civics is available at the following website address: http://civics.pwnet.org. These materials are copyrighted and all rights are reserved. Reproduction of these materials for instructional purposes in Virginia classrooms is permitted.

If you need additional information about either Constitution Day and Citizenship Day or the Everyday Civics website, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history, social sciences and international education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

 

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