Superintendent's Memo #150-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 2, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The Department of Education, in cooperation with the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media, will offer the no cost digital citizenship curriculum, Digital Literacy: Citizenship in a Connected Culture, in the fall for fifth through eighth grades. The curriculum includes lesson plans and media files to help teachers address topics ranging from protecting individual privacy to balancing online time with offline time. The lesson plans are flexible and can be adjusted to suit the needs of the local division. They are also correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL).

Common Sense Media is providing half-day training sessions at no cost at three locations around the state to introduce this new curriculum and help educators use the resources. Two sessions will be held each day: a morning session from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. The sessions will be held at the following locations:

Monday, July 26
Blue Ridge PBS
Fishburn Community Room
1215 McNeil Drive SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Wednesday, July 28
Virginia Department of Education
James Monroe Building, Jefferson Room, 22nd Floor
101 North 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Thursday, July 29
WHRO
5200 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23508

To register for a half-day training session, your division representative should e-mail astokes@commonsensemedia.org by July 16. Since space is limited, it is recommended that they register early and that an alternate be available should one be needed at the last minute.

Questions or comments should be directed to Jean Weller, educational technology specialist, at (804) 225-2825 or via e-mail at jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov.

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