DATE: June 15, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning Institutes


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the K-12 History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes to be held in August, October, and November 2018 at six sites throughout the Commonwealth.  These are professional development opportunities provided by the state to support the full implementation of 2015 History and Social Science Standards of Learning.

The K-12 History and Social Science SOL Institutes will utilize a train-the-trainer model to provide professional development that will focus on:

Registration:

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage registration.  Each division Superintendent or designee should identify a division-level contact who will identify and register a team from the division among:  (1) History and Social Science supervisor (or contact), (1) elementary teacher, (1) middle school teacher, (1) high school teacher, and (2) Special Education teachers. Confirmation of the registration will be emailed to the participant. The division-level contact may use the following link to register: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. the team online.  Participants beyond the division team will be selected after representation from all school divisions are confirmed. This link will be shared on the VDOE website: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. mid-July.  In an effort to reduce paper, program materials for the History and Social Science SOL Institutes will be on a flash drive and available through an online link. Participants may bring their own devices to review documents on the flash drive.

Institutes will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the following locations:

  • August 6 
    Charlottesville Omni Hotel
    212 Ridge McIntire Road
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
  • August 13 
    Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
    110 Shenandoah Avenue, NW
    Roanoke, Virginia 24016
  • August 14  
    Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
    1 Partnership Circle
    Abingdon, Virginia 24210
  • October 10     
    Newport News Marriott at City Center
    740 Town Center Drive
    Newport News, Virginia 23606
  • October 19     
    Virginia Historical Society
    428 N. Boulevard
    Richmond, Virginia 23220
  • December 3 
    Hyatt Regency Dulles
    2300 Dulles Corner Boulevard
    Herndon, Virginia 20171

Lodging:

School divisions are encouraged to cover lodging and travel expenses for division participants for the training Institutes, as the cost is not assumed by the VDOE.

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Teresa McCoy, by email at Teresas@vt.edu: Email link. or Erich Sawyer, Project Manager, Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech, by email at Erichs1@vt.edu: Email link. or by telephone at (540) 231-4084.  Questions regarding the K-12 History and Social Science SOL Institutes should be directed to Christonya Brown, History and Social Science Coordinator, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by email at Christonya.Brown@doe.virginia.gov: Email link. or by telephone at (804) 225-2893; or Betsy Barton, History and Social Science Specialist, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by email at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov: Email link. or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.

JFL/CB/vdg

Attachments:

  1. K-12 History and Social Science SOL Institute Agenda