Superintendent's Memo #244-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 4, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Announcement of the Civics Summit on September 24, 2009, and Resources for Constitution Day on September 17, 2009

I am pleased to announce that 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 Virginia and United States Government.

The objectives of the Summit are to:

The date and location for the Summit are as follows:

Thursday, September 24, 2009
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Senate Room 3
Capitol Building
Richmond, VA 23219

The Civics Summit will accommodate 150 participants. School divisions are invited to send teachers and/or division personnel. 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://legis.state.va.us.

In conjunction with the Civics Summit, the Commission on Civics Education is pleased to provide teachers and school divisions with a live Web stream of the Civics Summit at the General Assembly website available at http://legis.state.va.us.

I am also pleased to bring to your attention the recognition of Constitution Day to be celebrated officially this year on September 17, 2009. 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).

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 USED website at http://www.ed.gov. Go to the search box and enter Constitution Day. Information about citizenship and civics is also available on other nonpartisan websites, including www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/ConDay.

If you need additional information about the Civics Summit, please contact Nathan Hatfield, Commission on Civics Education Clerk, Office of the Clerk of the Senate, by e-mail at nhatfield@senate.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 698-7410. If you need additional information about the Civics Education Summit 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.

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