COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 207

September 29, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

United States History to 1877 Professional Development

 

The Virginia Department of Education will be hosting a two-day professional development opportunity, United States History to 1877: Vocabulary Development, conducted by the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE). During this two-day workshop, participants will learn and practice research-proven methods to directly teach students important content vocabulary. Fifth- and sixth-grade teachers who work with students in United States History to 1877 are invited to attend.

 

The dates and locations are as follows:

 

November 7 8 Sheraton Richmond West, Richmond

November 13 14 Holiday Inn Roanoke, Roanoke

November 15 16 Holiday Inn Select, Fredericksburg

November 28 29 Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk

 

Workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with lunch provided. Participants should bring instructional materials for the history unit they are currently teaching in their classroom. Forty-five spaces will be available at each two-day workshop. School divisions are invited to send two United States History to 1877 teachers. The Virginia Department of Education will provide funding for this opportunity, excluding travel and lodging costs. Registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be completed online at www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/ush1877.

 

For additional information, please contact Betsy Barton, specialist for history and social science, via e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 225-3454.

 

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