Superintendent’s Memo #056-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

March 1, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Educational Resources from the Library of Virginia: 2013 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History and 2013 Virginia Women in History Program

The Library of Virginia, partnering with Dominion and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, has made available educational resources developed for history and social science teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools.  These resources highlight the state and national contributions of African Americans and Virginia women, including a short biography of each individual honored.  The biography cards detailing the accomplishments of the honorees are supported by online educational resources suitable for teachers in grades K-12.  These can be found at:  http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/ and http://lva.virginia.gov/vawomen/.

This year's honorees are:

2013 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History

2013 Virginia Women in History

The deadline for 2014 nominations is June 28, 2013.  Teachers who submit successful nominations will be awarded a prize of $250 to be used for classroom supplies.

For more information about either the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History or the Virginia Women in History projects, please contact the Library of Virginia education team, by e-mail at education@lva.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 692-3999; or Betsy Barton, specialist for history and social science, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.

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