Superintendent’s Memo #114-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

May 4, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Partnership Opportunities between Schools in Virginia and France

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce a four-year partnership with the Académie de Reims, a large school district in northeastern France, to strengthen and promote educational and cultural ties between France and the Commonwealth.

As per the terms of the partnership agreement, interested Virginia schools may apply directly to the French embassy’s education office to be matched with a French school.  The application form is available on the Web at: http://www.frenchculture.org/spip.php?rubrique659&tout=ok.

Once paired, Virginia and French schools may establish joint projects, such as:

The partnership agreement supports collaborative projects between language classes as well as other content areas, including the current Regards Transatlantique, a collaborative project between French and American students and teachers to share and exchange views on the 2012 presidential elections in France and the United States.  Further information about this project is located on the Web at: http://regardstransatlantiques.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/a-transatlantic-look-at-the-2012-presidential-electionsx.pdf.

The role of the Virginia Department of Education will be to disseminate information about the program, provide technical assistance to schools in completing applications, and share general information about Virginia’s public education system with the director of the Académie de Reims.  Any joint activities or financial obligations resulting from the partnership will be the responsibility of the schools.

For further information, please contact Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Lisa.Harris@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.

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