Superintendent's Memo #058-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 19, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Nominations for the Mathematics Textbooks and Instructional Materials Review Committees

At the March 18, 2010, Board of Education meeting the Virginia Department of Education was authorized to proceed with the K-12 mathematics textbooks and instructional materials state adoption process. It is anticipated that the textbooks and instructional materials review will be completed by January 2011.

An important part of the adoption process for the K-12 mathematics textbooks and instructional materials is the review of the submitted items by administrators, curriculum supervisors, mathematics educators, and others who have expertise with the content of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The Department of Education is seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to review K-12 mathematics textbooks and instructional materials during the summer of 2010. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or others who have expertise with the content areas and the standards.

Committee members reviewing the K-12 mathematics textbooks and instructional materials will be asked to review the submitted items related to their content areas, and submit correlation worksheets to the Department, prior to convening for a two-day meeting on July 21-22, 2010, for a final review of all submitted materials. Committee members who are not under contract with a school division will receive a stipend, and all committee members may receive recertification points, pending the approval of their school division. The Department of Education will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process.

A nomination form to be duplicated as needed for interested individuals is attached. Please return nomination forms by April 23, 2010. Committee members will be notified on or before May 14, 2010. Committee members will be selected on the basis of expertise and experience in mathematics and balanced regional representation.

If you have questions about the K-12 mathematics textbooks and instructional materials review, please contact Michael Bolling, coordinator for mathematics (K-12), Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Michael.Bolling@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-6418; or Deborah Wickham, specialist for mathematics (K-5), Office of Elementary Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Wickham@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-7986.

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Attachment:

  1. Superintendent's Nomination Form K-12 Mathematics Textbooks and Instructional Materials Review Committee (Word)