Superintendent’s Memo #015-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 17, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Subscribe to TeacherDirect Weekly Updates

Last fall, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) launched TeacherDirect, an online service to provide Standards of Learning (SOL) resources and information directly to teachers.

As we begin 2013, VDOE has added a new feature that allows teachers – and other interested parties – to subscribe to weekly TeacherDirect e-mail updates. The updates will contain approximately 10 items that are new, have approaching deadlines, or are of high-interest to teachers.

The service is not limited to classroom teachers: school administrators, central office staff, parents, students, and other interested stakeholders also may subscribe to TeacherDirect. Users may subscribe with multiple e-mail addresses.

The weekly e-mails carry the subject line “VDOE TeacherDirect Update.” As messages will come from a VDOE vendor – not directly from the Department – school divisions may need to take steps to allow the updates to pass through Internet firewalls.

IP addresses that should be “whitelisted” to allow for receipt by division personnel are as follows:

Please share this information with your technical staff to ensure that your teachers are able to receive TeacherDirect updates on division e-mail accounts.

TeacherDirect information also is available on the VDOE Web site for those not wishing to subscribe. TeacherDirect content on the VDOE Web site is organized as follows:

TeacherDirect content – including information on how to subscribe to the weekly e-mail updates – is available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/teacher_direct/index.shtml.

The attached flyer, with information on TeacherDirect and a link to subscribe for the weekly e-mail updates, is available for distribution to your teachers. For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Harris, director, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, at (804) 786-3925 or Christine.Harris@doe.virginia.gov.

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Attachment:

  1. TeacherDirect Flyer (PDF)