Superintendent's Memo #059-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 25, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica

I am pleased to bring to your attention the 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica, a fully-funded professional development program for United States educators.  Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program aims to advance environmental stewardship and global connectedness in schools and communities.

The program will take place from November 19 through December 3, 2011, and the deadline to submit an application is May 4, 2011.  Full-time middle and high school classroom teachers and librarians (grades 6-12) are invited to apply.  Please encourage your teachers to visit the Toyota International Teacher Web site at www.iie.org/toyota for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online.  The Toyota International Teacher Program values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects, and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity.

The 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica will provide teachers exposure to environmental and cultural preservation, biodiversity, and sustainability through a variety of site visits, discussions, lectures, and hands-on activities.  Teachers will have an opportunity to meet with local experts, visit schools and museums, and experience the rainforest firsthand.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this program, please contact the Toyota International Teacher Program Team by e-mail at toyotateach@iie.org or by phone at (toll-free) 1-877-832-2457.  You may also contact Beverly Thurston, history and social sciences coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

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