Superintendent's Memo #251-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 8, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Recognition of International Education Week, November 15-19, 2010

I am pleased to recognize November 15-19, 2010, as International Education Week. This year's theme is International Education: Striving for a Sustainable Future. The Virginia Department of Education encourages all educators to visit the joint Web site of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education at for further information about how students and schools can participate.

The increased interdependency of nations and people requires that our K-12 instructional program reinforce and augment international knowledge, and the Commonwealth of Virginia clearly recognizes the importance of this crucial goal. I encourage all educators to assume responsibility for ensuring that Virginia's young people are prepared for today's interconnected world.

For more information, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator for history and social sciences, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.