February 17, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: A Strategic Review of Technology Education

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to share with school divisions, A Strategic Review of Technology Education:  Preparing Students for Successful Transition to College and Careers.  This review represents a culmination of state and national research and extensive input from stakeholders representing business and industry, secondary and postsecondary educators, students, and professional organizations.  Additionally, it reinforces the need for secondary education to be responsive to current and future trends in technology and engineering education.

In summary, the following recommendations will require immediate attention to ensure consistent implementation of high-quality technology education programs across the Commonwealth:

To achieve these goals, we need your continued support in encouraging teacher participation with both curriculum review teams and professional development opportunities.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lynn Basham, Specialist for Technology Education and Related Clusters, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3119. 

SRS/LBH/daw