P.O. BOX 2120
August 31, 2001

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Teachers’ Study Seminar in Peru

The Virginia Department of Education, Prince William County public schools, Old Dominion University, and Colegio Franklin Roosevelt in Lima, Peru, announce a Teachers' Study Seminar to Peru. This program offers K-12 teachers and administrators a unique opportunity to focus on Virginia's Standards of Learning through on-site lectures and field observations in Peru. Besides academic lectures, seminar participants will attend talks and visit sites in Lima, Cusco, the rain forest, and Machu Picchu. The seminar will concentrate on Standards of Learning for history and social science, science, and art. For example, the Standards of Learning for history and social science require students to study the Incan civilization in the Western Hemisphere. The Standards of Learning for art require study of cultures and art history. The Standards of Learning for science explore natural resources and ecosystems such as the rain forest.

Participants in the Teachers’ Study Seminar in Peru will be required to take part in WorldNet: Virginia, an internet project that provides students with a "virtual" field trip to Peru. Go to WorldNet: Virginia, at to view past seminars and the resources available to teachers and students. The seminar offers teachers and administrators the opportunity to return to Virginia's school divisions with fresh insights to carry out a demanding curriculum.

The Virginia study seminar is scheduled from November 9, 2001 to November 20, 2001. Fifteen 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 can be found on the WorldNet: Virginia, website at Selected participants must agree to attend a one-day training seminar in Richmond before the departure date. The training seminar provides essential information and background materials for the trip.

The costs to participants in the seminar will be approximately $2,000 per person. 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 (, Virginia Department of Education, specialist for history and social science, at (804) 225-2893 or Ben Swecker, Prince William County public schools, media production, at (703) 791-7328.