COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
April 8, 2016
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Office of Science and Health Education and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) are pleased to announce the Teacher on the Estuary (TOTE): Estuary Science for Elementary and Middle School Teachers. This standards-based professional development workshop focuses on fourth- and sixth-grade environmental concepts related to Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries. The TOTE workshop supports Governor McAuliffe’s commitment of engaging students in meaningful outdoor education by supporting teacher and administrator professional learning.
The Teacher on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop consists of two components:
The VDOE will assume the cost of registration, lodging, and meals for all participants. School divisions are encouraged to cover mileage expenses for the sessions for division participants as this cost is not assumed by the VDOE; however, this is not a requirement of the program.
Enrollment for TOTE is limited to 30 teachers and administrators from across the state. Schools will be encouraged to send teams of teachers and administrators. A team from a school or division will be given preference over individual teacher applications. Priority will be given to those teams from schools not meeting the state benchmark for accreditation in science. An attempt will be made to provide representation from each Superintendents’ region. Final selection of participants for all the Institutes will also be based on the order in which applications are received.
Registration for teachers can be completed online at Teacher on the Estuary Registration. Registration for TOTE workshop will be closed on May 2, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be provided to applicants and the applicants’ school principals by e-mail on or before May 27, 2016.
Questions regarding the TOTE workshop should be directed to Anne Petersen, science specialist, by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.