Superintendent's Memo #080-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 25, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Chesapeake Bay Summer 2011 Academies

The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council (VRUEC), in cooperation with several state, federal, and private agencies, will conduct six Chesapeake Bay Academies during the summer of 2011.

The VRUEC has been awarded a federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant to support the participation of science teachers in each Academy.  The week-long experiences vary depending on the location, but all provide summer learning experiences for middle and high school science teachers and are designed to closely support the implementation of the Science Standards of Learning. The Academies will provide instruction that integrates classroom and field teaching demonstrating meaningful field investigations. Printed materials and hands-on resources supporting the science standards content and skills will also be included. Special emphasis is being given to provide instructional resources that will support the science standards related to watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay in sixth-grade science, life science, earth science, and biology.

There is no cost for selected participants to attend the Academies. School divisions are encouraged to provide teachers with stipends and travel reimbursements; however, this is not a requirement for the program. Participants may be eligible to receive up to 40 points for licensure renewal from their school division and also will have the option of attaining graduate credit at an additional cost to the participant.

The dates and locations for the Bay Academies are as follows:

June 20 – 24, 2011
Commuter Academy
River’s Edge Field Course
Rappahannock River
Fredericksburg, VA
July 10 – 14, 2011
Residential Academy
Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course
Virginia Institute of Marine Science College of William & Mary
Wachapreague, VA
June 27 – July 1, 2011
Residential Academy
Chesapeake Coastal Academy
St. Margaret’s School
Tappahannock, VA
August 8 – 12, 2011
Residential Academy
From the Mountains to the Ocean
State Arboretum of Virginia
Boyce, VA
June 27 – July 1, 2011
Commuter Academy
The Intersection of Life and Land
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA

July 11 – August 5, 2011
Residential and Offsite Academy

  • July 11-15 – online assignments and pre-workshop reading
  • July 17-23 – field work at Hull Springs Farm, Westmoreland County
  • July 25-29 – field/lab work and analysis on Longwood campus
  • August 1-5 – online reflection and project completion
  • TBA – public presentations of projects

SOLstice: Summer of Learning – Science Teachers Investigating the Chesapeake Environment
Longwood University
Farmville, VA

Teachers interested in attending one of the six Academies can go to the following Web site for application information, a brief description, and an agenda for each of the Bay Academies:

Applicants will be selected based on subject areas taught and geographic representation. Priority will be given to individuals who have not attended an Academy in the past; however, all eligible teachers are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is May 2, 2011. It is anticipated that all applicants will be notified by May 13, 2011, as to whether they have been selected to attend an Academy.

If you need additional information about the 2011 Chesapeake Bay Academies, please contact Barbara Young, science specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.