COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
February 17, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council (VRUEC), in cooperation with several state, federal, and private agencies, will conduct six Chesapeake Bay Academies this summer.
The VRUEC was awarded a federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant to support the participation of science teachers in each Academy. The week-long experiences vary in context and structure depending on the location, but all Academies provide learning experiences for middle and high school science teachers that are designed to closely support the implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning. Special emphasis is being given to provide instructional resources that will support the science standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay in sixth-grade science, Life Science, Earth Science, and Biology.
The Academies will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching, and models meaningful field investigations. Printed materials and hands-on resources supporting the content and skills in the science standards will also be included.
Selected participants will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship that will be applied to fully cover their participation in the selected Chesapeake Bay Academy. Divisions are encouraged to provide teachers with travel reimbursements; however, this is not a requirement for the program. Participants may be eligible to receive up to 40 points for licensure renewal from their school division and also will have the option of attaining graduate credit at an additional cost to the participant.
The dates and locations for the Bay Academies are as follows:
SOLstice: Summer of Learning –
Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course
River’s Edge Field Course
Chesapeake Coastal Academy
Blue Green Gold: Can Water Flow Uphill towards Money?
From the Mountains to the Ocean
Teachers interested in attending one of the six Academies can go to the following Web site for application information, a brief description, and an agenda for each of the Bay Academies http://www.vanaturally.com/bayacademy.html. Applicants will be selected based on subject areas taught, geographic representation, and prior attendance in a B-WET funded Bay Academy. Priority will be given to individuals who have not attended an Academy in the past; however, all eligible teachers are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2012. It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified by May 10, 2012, as to whether or not they have been selected to attend an Academy.
If you need additional information about the 2012 Chesapeake Bay Academies, please contact Barbara Young, science specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Barbara.Young@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.