Superintendent's Memo #277-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 2, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2009 Virginia Association of Science Teachers Annual Professional Development Institute

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) will hold its annual statewide Professional Development Institute (PDI) on November 5-7, 2009, at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, VA. This year's PDI supports the Science Standards of Learning (SOL) by offering over 200 concurrent sessions, several field trips, and nationally known keynote speakers. Educators will be able to network with colleagues from all over the state, gain new ideas to enhance their content knowledge, and experience cutting-edge technology. Educators at every level of science will find many topics of interest with which to build their expertise. Registration and the PDI schedule of events can be found on the VAST website at This PDI also provides educators the opportunity to earn recertification points, and they may choose the option of earning college credit.

For further information, please contact Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.