P. O. BOX 2120

March 24, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: DOE Hour - April 11, 2000

 The Virginia Department of Education and Prince William County public schools 
announce a special DOE Hour to be broadcast on all Virginia public television 
stations on April 11 from 2 to  3 p.m. The broadcast is part of the Teachers' 
Study Seminar to Israel scheduled for April 6-17. This broadcast will feature an 
interview with two internationally known journalists in Israel, an Israeli and a 
Palestinian, discussing the current peace process. In addition, Dr. Curtis Ryan, 
associate professor of political science at Mary Washington College, will begin the 
hour by providing a historical perspective of the peace process.  The broadcast will
feature a live question and answer session with the 15 teachers participating in the
study seminar.  It also will consist of a visit to the WorldNet: Virginia website.

Teachers and students are encouraged to take a virtual tour of Israel via the 
Internet and follow the 15 Virginia educators as they travel and learn about ancient
civilizations, the region's three major religions, and modern middle eastern politics
and geography during the study seminar.  The purpose of the seminar is to provide 
teachers with needed resources to teach the Virginia Standards of Learning.  During 
their travels, the teachers will keep journals that will be posted daily to the 
WorldNet: Virginia website accessed at and  Pictures highlighting sites visited and experiences also 
will be available on-line.  Registered participants can take part in the discussion 
boards and live chats.

A brochure describing the World Net: Virginia and the Israel seminar is enclosed 
for your information.  We are also sending a copy of this brochure to all principals
in Virginia to share with their teachers.

Thank you for your support of the DOE Hour and WorldNet: Virginia.  If you have 
questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, specialist for 
history, social sciences, and international education at (804) 225-2893.