COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 211
September 28, 2007
of Public Instruction
Governors Career and Technical
Virginia has received a $500,000
grant from the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices
to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Virginia
was one of six states to receive STEM grants, which were awarded as part of the
NGA Innovation America initiative and made possible through the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation and the Intel Foundation.
Virginias proposal identifies
Career and Technical Education as a promising avenue for developing STEM
literacy and other critical 21st Century skills through contextual
learning. It provides the opportunity to
develop STEM-focused Governors Career and Technical Academies that are
partnerships of business and industry, public school divisions, community
colleges, and where applicable, universities and local government, including
workforce and economic development entities.
They are intended to expand options for the general population of
students to acquire STEM literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and
credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage and high-skill
careers in Virginia.
will be awarded only to partnerships. A
school division must be one of the partners, and a school division may
participate in only one partnership. NGA
funds or matching state funds will be used to award planning and implementation
grants of $120,000 for up to six partnerships during the 2008-2009 academic
year. Partnerships that receive a $20,000
planning grant will be expected to present a proposal to establish a Governors
Career and Technical
Academy to the Department
of Education for review and presentation to the Virginia Board of Education for
approval. If the proposal is approved by
the Board of Education by May 1, 2008, the partnership will be eligible to receive
a $100,000 implementation grant for the 2008-2009 school year.
information about the process, including a time line of key events and
deadlines, may be found in the Request for Proposals at http://www.education.virginia.gov/Initiatives/CareerAndTechnicalEd/NGA_STEM-center.cfm.
more information about the Governors Career and Technical Academies planning
grants, please contact Ms. Elizabeth M.
Russell, director, Office of Career and Technical Education Services, at Elizabeth.Russell@doe.virginia.gov
or by telephone at (804) 225-2051; or Dr. Lynn Basham, technology education
program specialist, at Lynn.Basham@doe.virginia.gov
or by telephone at (804) 786-4210.