DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 120
May 9, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The 2008 Virginia Science Standards Institutes (VSSI)
The Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2008 Virginia Science Standards Institutes (VSSI). The Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Natural History, will conduct two institutes this summer. The purposes of the two six-day institutes are to provide teachers of fourth- and fifth-grade with detailed science content training that models best practices in science instruction and to enhance the teaching of grade-level science content and investigative skills.
The first VSSI will be held on
July 20 25, 2008, at
The Department of Education will assume the cost of registration, lodging, and meals for all participants of the institutes. Travel expenses must be paid by the participants or their school divisions.
will have the option of enrolling in a three-credit graduate course in the
Master of Arts in Teaching Program from
Teachers of fourth- and fifth-grade from schools accredited with warning in science will be given first priority for participation in the institutes. Selection criteria also include the order in which applications are received, a balance of participants from the eight Superintendents' regions, and a balance of participants from each school division.
To enroll, please complete Attachment A, the VSSI application, and fax it to Barbara Young, elementary science specialist, at (804) 786-1703, on or before June 9, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be provided to applicants and the applicants' school principals by e-mail on or before June 13, 2008.
you have questions or need additional information, please contact Barbara
Young, elementary science specialist, Office of Elementary Instructional
Services, at Barbara.Young@doe.virginia.gov,
or at (804) 225-2676.