P. O. BOX 2120
June 26, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Technical Assistance Resource Materials for SOL 

  The Department of Education is pleased to provide you with
  the enclosed Virginia Standards of Learning Training
  Initiative Technical Assistance Resource Materials.  The
  purpose of the resource materials is to assist school
  division personnel in planning and delivering quality
  professional development programs in conjunction with the
  SOL Training Initiative. While the materials do not
  recommend a specific training approach or model, a host of
  available resources for planning a staff development program
  are provided.  Background information on the SOL Training
  Initiative and guidelines for requesting training funds were
  distributed with Administrative SUPTS. MEMO. NO.23 and are
  included with the resource notebook.  A copy of the resource
  materials is also being sent to your designated key
  instructional leader for SOL implementation.

  The notebook provides information and a list of available
  resources on the following topics:

        principles of professional development;
        professional development resources in history and the
        social sciences, mathematics, English/reading, science,
        and instructional technology;
        program evaluation and monitoring;
        professional development resources for administrators;
        classroom assessment.

  The resource lists include names of professional
  organizations and agencies that have a staff development
  focus, annotated bibliographies, Internet websites, and
  summaries from literature reviews. While extensive research
  has been done to provide up-to-date information, these lists
  can never be considered exhaustive.

  Please feel free to copy and distribute the enclosed
  materials as desired.  We plan to send you additions to the
  notebook as we identify other resources. We also encourage
  you to add your own materials.

  If you have questions about the SOL Training Initiative or
  the resource materials, please contact Dr. Patricia I.
  Wright, Director of Secondary Instruction, (804) 225-2880,
  or e-mail .


  Enclosure:      A hard copy of this memo and its attachments 
                  will be sent to the superintendent's office.