Superintendent’s Memo #303-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 4, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  K-12 Mathematics Standards of Learning Institutes and Professional Development Resources

Over the past three years, the Virginia Department of Education held statewide K-12 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes providing targeted professional development for representatives from each of Virginia’s school divisions in support of the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. Each institute was designed in a train-the-trainer professional development model to facilitate the development of local expertise and increase local leadership and professional development capacity.  Institute attendees are strongly encouraged to conduct analogous professional development in their local school divisions.  Supporting professional development resources associated with each K-12 Mathematics SOL Institute are available online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/professional_development/index.shtml.

The 2009 and 2010 K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes:

The 2011 K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes:

Over 570 participants from 126 school divisions and 4 state-operated programs attended one of the 2011 K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes in Abingdon, Roanoke, Richmond, or Fredericksburg during September and October.  Attendees included division-level leaders, mathematics supervisors, instructional supervisors, professional development personnel, building administrators, mathematics specialists, and classroom teachers.  School divisions should consider asking their representatives to the institutes to share the information provided with other mathematics faculty in the division.

Questions regarding the K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes or associated professional development resources should be directed to Michael Bolling, mathematics coordinator, via e-mail at Michael.Bolling@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-6418; or Deborah Wickham, mathematics specialist K-5, via e-mail at Deborah.Wickham@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-7986.

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