COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 31, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes to be held in October 2012, at four sites throughout the Commonwealth. The four Institutes are designed to provide an advanced level of support for teachers and central office curriculum and instruction leaders as they examine rigor in the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning.
The Institutes will focus on deepening participants’ understanding and application of the rigorous practices and critical reasoning skills embedded in each history and social science standard. The Institutes will use primary sources to provide participants with examples of how effective history and social science instruction may be enhanced for students in each course range and how teachers can improve student achievement in content areas of greatest challenge.
These one-day Institutes (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) will be offered to six participants from each school division. Participants should include history and social science supervisors, and elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Participants will attend a general morning session and an afternoon session aligned to the following courses:
Registration – The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage registration. The registration process can be completed online at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/reg/soli-hss.
|October 3||Downtown Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Online registration will end September 25, 2012.
The National Conference Center
Wytheville Meeting Center
|October 10||The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Online registration will end October 1, 2012.
Lodging and Meals – Lunch and breaks will be provided for participants. School divisions are encouraged to cover lodging and travel expenses for division participants for the training Institutes, as these costs are not assumed by the VDOE.
Directions – Site directions may be found as follows:
Questions regarding registration should be directed to Christy Wallace, program registrar, Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech, by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (540) 231-6735. Questions regarding the K-12 History and Social Science SOL Institutes should be directed to Beverly Thurston, history and social science coordinator, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893; or Betsy Barton, history and social science specialist, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.PIW/BT/vdg