COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO.144

July 27, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginias Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce Virginias Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool that will serve as an invaluable resource to assist curriculum specialists and practitioners in developing an appropriate curricula and/or analyzing their current curricula in regard to alignment with Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. Development of the Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool was made possible by a grant awarded to the Virginia Board of Education by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

 

The rubric is designed to complement the Foundation Blocks by allowing educators the latitude to decide whether or not the proposed or selected curricula meet the high standards and expectations set forth in the Foundation Blocks for Early Learning. Specific criteria have been developed to assist the curriculum team at the local level to determine the applicability of the curricula.

 

The Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric and Planning Tool can be accessed on the Department of Educations website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Elem_M/early.html. Virginias Foundation Blocks for Early Learning is available on the Web at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/Elem_M/FoundationBlocks.pdf.

 

If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Strobel, specialist for early childhood education, via e-mail Cheryl.Strobel@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 371-7578.

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