Superintendent's Memo #050-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 18, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Thinkfinity Teacher Excellence Award

The Thinkfinity Teacher Excellence Award recognizes Virginia teachers who are integrating Thinkfinity resources into their classroom. Eight teachers, one from each of the Superintendents' Study Regions, will be chosen for an award and one teacher from those eight will be named the Virginia Thinkfinity Teacher of the Year. The competition is sponsored through a grant from the Verizon Foundation.

Teachers may be nominated by their instructional technology resource teacher (ITRT) or librarian and school principal by May 30, 2011. Teachers must be a full-time teacher in a K-12 public or private Virginia school. Nominees must have:

Entries will be judged by a panel of educators and Thinkfinity experts. All entrants will receive certificates of participation. Winners will be announced in July and an awards event will be held in late summer. The eight regional winners will receive a $1,000 stipend to attend and present at a local, state, or national conference and an Apple iPad. The overall Virginia Thinkfinity Teacher of the Year will receive an additional $1,000 cash award.

Detailed information and the recommendation form can be found on the Thinkfinity in Virginia Web site at

Questions may be directed to Jean Weller, Thinkfinity state coordinator, at the Virginia Department of Education by phone at (804) 225-2825 or via e-mail at