P. O. BOX 2120
February 12, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: History and Social Science Teachers' Seminar in Germa
The Virginia Department of Education and the Armonk Institute
announce the 1999 History and Social Science Teachers' Study
Seminar to the Federal Republic of Germany.  This program offers
middle and high school teachers a unique opportunity to focus on
Virginia's History and Social Science Standards of Learning
through on-site lectures and official meetings in Germany.
Besides site visits, seminar participants will attend talks
arranged by the Armonk Institute, visit schools, and travel to
Hannover, Berlin, Freiberg, and Bonn.  The seminar will
concentrate on four major themes in the History and Social
Science Standards of Learning: Germany's role in 19th century
Europe, the effect of World War II on German social and political
thought, the rise of Germany as an economic power since 1945, and
Germany's foreign policy in the 1990s.  Participating teachers
will return to Virginia's school divisions with fresh insights to
carry out a demanding curricula.

The Virginia study seminar is a two-week trip scheduled to leave
the United States on June 19, 1999, and return on July 3, 1999.
Ten middle and/or high school teachers will be selected to travel
as representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Applicants
must 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 social science contact persons in February.
All finalists must be available for an interview in early May and
selected participants must agree to attend a one-day training
seminar in Richmond on Saturday, May 22. The seminar provides
orientation and background materials for the trip.

The Armonk Institute is providing all financial support for this
program.  Participants must cover incidental and personal

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.