DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 185
August 31, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
of the Civics
pleased to announce that the 2007 Virginia General Assembly named the week of
September 16-22, 2007, as Civics Education Week. Please see the full text of House Joint
Resolution 627 at http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+HJ627ER.
As you are aware, 2007 marks the 400th
anniversary of the settling of
Civics Education Week, the Commission on Civics Education is hosting a one-day
Civics Summit for division personnel and teachers who work with students in
Civics and Economics and
objectives of the
provide new content information related to civics education by recognized experts;
explain what materials are available to support the History and Social Science Standards of Learning; and
encourage responsible citizenship through participation in civic-related activities.
and location for the
Thursday, September 20, 2007
8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Senate Room 3
The Civics Summit will accommodate 100 participants. School divisions are invited to send one person. Additional division representatives will be accommodated as space permits. The Civics Summit will provide parking in specified lots, lunch, and materials for participants. Registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be completed online at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/civsum/.
I am also pleased to bring to your attention the recognition of Constitution Day to be celebrated officially this year on September 17, 2007, which falls during Civics Education Week. 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 officially 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).
In conjunction with Civics Education Week and Constitution Day, the Virginia Department of Education is pleased to provide teachers and school divisions with a website entitled, Everyday Civics. The website highlights civics-related 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.
is available at http://civics.pwnet.org. These copyright-protected materials may be
reproduced for instructional purposes in
All schools may determine what kind of educational programs are 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 http://BillofRightsInstitute.org.
If you need additional information about the Civics Education Summit, Civics Education Week, or Constitution Day, 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.