**COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education**

November 4, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Over the past three years, the Virginia Department of Education held statewide K-12 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes providing targeted professional development for representatives from each of Virginia’s school divisions in support of the implementation of the 2009 *Mathematics Standards of Learning*. Each institute was designed in a train-the-trainer professional development model to facilitate the development of local expertise and increase local leadership and professional development capacity. Institute attendees are strongly encouraged to conduct analogous professional development in their local school divisions. Supporting professional development resources associated with each K-12 Mathematics SOL Institute are available online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/professional_development/index.shtml.

The 2009 and 2010 K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes:

- outlined the content standard changes from the 2001 Mathematics SOL to the 2009 Mathematics SOL (2009);
- supported district leaders and teachers in the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics SOL (2009 and 2010);
- provided training in the vertical progression of content and pedagogy (2010); and
- provided instructional guidance in content areas of greatest challenge (2010).

The 2011 K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes:

- provided support in the implementation of the 2009
*Mathematics Standards of Learning*and new assessments, framed by the five goals for students becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations; and - provided professional development to assist teachers in facilitating students mathematical understanding through problem solving, communication, reasoning.

Over 570 participants from 126 school divisions and 4 state-operated programs attended one of the 2011 K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes in Abingdon, Roanoke, Richmond, or Fredericksburg during September and October. Attendees included division-level leaders, mathematics supervisors, instructional supervisors, professional development personnel, building administrators, mathematics specialists, and classroom teachers. School divisions should consider asking their representatives to the institutes to share the information provided with other mathematics faculty in the division.

Questions regarding the K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes or associated professional development resources should be directed to Michael Bolling, mathematics coordinator, via e-mail at Michael.Bolling@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-6418; or Deborah Wickham, mathematics specialist K-5, via e-mail at Deborah.Wickham@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-7986.

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