Superintendent’s Memo #280-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 30, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Professional Development Survey for Economics and Personal Finance Institutes

In an effort to continue to assist school divisions with the successful implementation of the new economics and personal finance graduation requirement, the Virginia Department of Education has partnered with the private and nonprofit sectors to provide quality professional development resources and ensure the availability of “no cost” training options.  The Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) is the primary provider of professional development in support of the new graduation requirement.

To date, 600 teachers have participated in institutes around the Commonwealth provided by VCEE and affiliated university-based centers for economic education with substantial in-kind and financial support from the private sector.  Feedback has been positive, both in terms of the content presented and the creative lesson ideas provided to make the concepts both engaging and relevant for students.

Over the next month, VCEE will plan the institutes to be provided in 2012 and beyond to best meet teacher needs and those of school divisions.  Please respond to the attached survey so VCEE can determine the best content, times, and locations for these institutes.  While this is not a binding commitment, your response no later than October 28 will help VCEE plan sufficient professional development to best meet your needs.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this important survey.

If you have questions or suggestions related to the VCEE’s professional development opportunities, please contact Sarah Hopkins Finley, Executive Director of the Virginia Council on Economic Education, at (804) 827-1211 or by e-mail at  If you need additional information about graduation requirements in Virginia, please contact Judith Sams, Program Specialist, Business and Information Technology by e-mail at or at 804-371-0196, or Beverly M. Thurston, History and Social Science Coordinator, by e-mail at or at (804) 225-2893.



  1. Virginia Council on Economic Education Professional Development Survey to Superintendents (Word)