COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 263

December 21, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Geometry Online Tutorial Regional Training Opportunities

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce statewide availability of the Virginia Online Geometry Tutorial. The tutorial is designed to determine student academic needs through an online assessment and to tailor Web-based lessons to meet those needs. Each lesson has a pretest and posttest. Students may review tutorial lessons until they and their teachers are confident the student is prepared for the Geometry Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment.

 

The Geometry tutorial is available to students in grades 9 through 12 who have passed Geometry (or Geometry, Part 1, and Geometry, Part 2; or have completed the geometry content in an integrated course series) but have failed the Geometry Standards of Learning assessment. Teachers may also enroll high school students who are at risk of not passing the Geometry SOL assessment.

 

Although students may engage in lessons from home or school, each school must provide a facilitator/teacher to serve as a mentor and guide to enrolled students. Facilitators should be endorsed mathematics instructors. Facilitators will have access to student accounts, will monitor student progress, and offer individual guidance.

 

The Virginia Department of Education will sponsor four half-day training workshops related to the new Geometry Online Tutorial. The workshops will focus on those who will be tutorial facilitators.

 

Four regional workshops will be held as indicated below:

 

Dates

Place

Times

January 19, 2007

Roanoke City

Addison Aerospace Magnet Middle Sch.

1220 5th Street NW

Roanoke, VA

 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

January 24, 2007

Stafford County

Professional Development Center

31 Stafford Avenue

Stafford, VA

 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

January 25, 2007

Norfolk City

WHRO Public Broadcasting Office

5200 Hampton Blvd.

Norfolk, VA

 

9 a.m. to 12 noon

January 26, 2007

Chesterfield County

Fulghum Center

4003 Cogbill Road

Richmond, VA

9 a.m. to 12 noon

 

Workshops are limited to 25 participants. A registration form is attached and must be completed for each participant. Please return registration forms no later than January 10, 2007.

 

For additional information, please contact Deborah Kiger Bliss, mathematics coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.

 

BKCJr/DKB/yba

 

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