COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 220

September 12, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

World Geography Connects: Contemporary Regions An Interactive Online Geography Course Beginning October 20, 2008

 

World Geography Connects: Contemporary Regions, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered this fall. This class supports the Virginia Standards of Learning for teaching World Geography and is designed to help teachers incorporate more geography into the curriculum. Participants who complete the course will be eligible for license renewal points, or it may be taken for three graduate credits through Old Dominion University.

 

The class will be offered on the Internet at http://geoconnectscontemporaryregions.pwnet.org. Registration may be completed online at that website. Teachers may register from September 8 through October 3, 2008, and the class starts October 20, 2008. The course ends December 1, 2008.

The goals of the course are as follows:

To register for this course visit: http://geoconnectscontemporaryregions.pwnet.org.

 

In order to take this course for graduate credit, participants must register at http://geoconnectscontemporaryregions.pwnet.org and with Old Dominion University. It is listed in the Old Dominion University catalog as Geog 650 - Course Reference Number: 18662. Participants are responsible for graduate course costs.

 

Dr. Don Zeigler, a professor of geography at Old Dominion University since 1980, will teach the course. He works regularly with Virginia teachers to improve their instruction to meet the Standards of Learning. Please contact him at dzeigler@odu.edu or at (757) 683-3841 for more information. Although the course content is the same for everyone, teachers enrolled in World Geography Connects: Contemporary Regions for graduate credit will be required to complete a lesson or unit plan.

For more information, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history and social science, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

 

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