April 21, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Announcing Summer Professional Development Institute for Technology and Engineering Educators

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with Old Dominion University, is pleased to offer the 2017 Summer Professional Development InstituteThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website for technology and engineering educators.  The Institute will be conducted in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 24-27. 

Featured 2017 Institute workshops:

Instructional resource materials will be provided for each of these workshopsThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website (PDF).  Additional workshops for microcontrollers, mechatronics, robotics, digital visualization, serious games, and other related topics will be available.  Details for industry tours are forthcoming.  

The Institute registrationThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website is open and teachers are encouraged to preregister early, as workshop space is limited.  Participants are responsible for travel-related expenses and lodging, if needed.  Meals are included in registration.  This is an allowable expenditure of federal Perkins funds as long as it is included in the approved local plan.  Participants should bring a laptop for use at workshops.  Some workshops require software to be preloaded on the laptop.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenneth Noonan, VTEEA President, at kenneth_noonan@ccpsnet.net or by telephone at (804) 768-6156; or 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.

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