P. O. BOX 2120
October 23, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: History and Social Science Teachers' Seminar in Israel

  The Virginia Department of Education, Old Dominion
  University, and the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board
  announce the 1999 History and Social Science Teachers'
  Study Seminar in Israel.  This program offers middle and
  high school teachers and administrators a unique
  opportunity to focus on Virginia's History and Social
  Science Standards of Learning through on-site lectures
  and classroom observations in Israel.  Besides school
  visits, seminar participants will attend talks arranged
  by the Israeli Ministry of Education, visit historic
  sites, and travel to Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and
  Tel Aviv.  The seminar will concentrate on four major
  themes in the History and Social Science Standards of
  Learning: ancient civilizations, major religions, the
  Holocaust, and modern Middle Eastern politics and
  geography.  Participating teachers will return to
  Virginia's school divisions with fresh insights to carry
  out a demanding curricula.

  The Virginia study seminar is an eleven-day trip
  scheduled to leave the United States on March 4, 1999,
  and return on March 14, 1999.  Fifteen middle and/or high
  school teachers and administrators will be selected to
  travel as representatives of the Commonwealth of
  Virginia.  Applicants must obtain permission from their
  school divisions and complete an application form to be
  eligible for the study seminar.  An announcement of the 

  seminar and an application form will be mailed to all
  history and social science contact persons in October. 
  All finalists must be available for an interview on
  December 12, if needed.  Selected participants must agree
  to attend two one-day training seminars in Richmond
  before the departure date.  The training seminars provide
  essential orientation and background materials for the

  The costs to participants will be approximately $1,950
  per person.  Some scholarships may be available.  Costs
  may vary slightly because negotiations for meals and
  lodging have not been completed.

  Thank you for your support of the study seminar.  If you
  have questions regarding this program, please do not
  hesitate to contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, Specialist for
  History and Social Sciences, at (804) 225-2893.