Superintendent's Memo #299-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 10, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa

I am pleased to bring to your attention the inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa, a fully-funded professional development program for United States educators. Funded by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., and administered by the Institute of International Education, the program aims to advance environmental stewardship and global connectedness in schools and communities.

The program will take place from July 24 through August 10, 2011, and the deadline to submit an application is January 23, 2011. Full-time middle and high school classroom teachers and librarians are invited to apply. Please encourage your teachers to visit the Toyota International Teacher Web site at for eligibility requirements, application instructions, FAQs, and to apply online. The Toyota International Teacher Program values diversity and encourages educators of all backgrounds, subjects, and school types to apply for this unique professional development opportunity.

The inaugural Toyota International Teacher Program to South Africa will provide teachers first-hand exposure to the social and environmental complexity of South Africa, focusing on sustainable development and emphasizing the links among history, culture, power, and the environment. Teachers will explore the country's natural and cultural diversity through a range of site visits and hands-on activities.

If you have any questions or would like more information about this program, please contact the Toyota International Teacher Program Team by e-mail at or by phone at (toll-free) 877-832-2457. You may also contact Beverly Thurston, history and social sciences coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.