P. O. BOX 2120
October 23, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: First Lady's Web Page for SOL Unit Lesson Plans

  Virginia's First Lady, Roxane Gilmore, will introduce a
  web page for classroom teachers to submit unit lesson
  plans in support of the Standards of Learning.  I support
  this innovative initiative and invite your involvement in
  notifying teachers of the opportunity to post unit lesson
  plans based on the Standards of Learning on the First
  Lady's web page.

  Teachers interested in posting unit lesson plans on the
  web page may submit their plans electronically to the
  attention of Regina Thomas, Administrative Assistant, 
  Division of Teacher Education and Licensure:  Hard copies may be mailed to Ms.
  Thomas's attention at the Department of Education.  Upon
  receipt of the plans, a review panel composed of Virginia
  national and regional teachers of the year in appropriate
  subject and grade levels will review the plans and select
  those to be published on the First Lady's web page. 
  Appropriate Department of Education instructional staff
  will serve as consultants to the review panel.  The
  review panel members will serve one-year terms and will
  meet quarterly to review unit lesson plans submitted for
  consideration.  Please do not submit unit lesson plans
  directly to the First Lady's office.  

  Teachers who submit unit lesson plans which are published
  will be awarded 10 points toward renewal of their 

  licenses, with a maximum of 30 points earned in one year. 
  The points will be issued under renewal option 9 -
  "Educational Project" outlined in the Board of
  Education's licensure renewal requirements.  This option
  allows the accumulation of 90 points every five years.  

  Teachers submitting unit lesson plans should seek renewal
  approval from their school division licensure renewal
  advisors to ensure that the points can be applied to
  license renewal.  Certificates of recognition will be
  issued to teachers whose plans are published on the web

  This innovative initiative by the First Lady is an
  excellent means of sharing with teachers throughout  the
  state unit lesson plans that may be used to teach the
  content represented in the Standards of Learning.  I
  encourage teachers and professors in teacher preparation
  institutions to submit unit lesson plans for review and
  publication on the First Lady's web page.  

  If you have questions or require additional information
  regarding procedures for submitting unit lesson plans for
  the panel's review and approval, please do not hesitate
  to contact Dr. JoLynne DeMary, Assistant Superintendent
  for Instruction, at (804) 225-3252 or Dr. Thomas A.
  Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Teacher Education
  and Licensure at (804) 371-2522.