Strong Men and Women in Virginia History Writing Contest
The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion Virginia Power, presents the 2015 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program. This program highlights eight African American leaders and their achievements. High school students in Virginia are invited to participate in the annual essay contest. See Superintendent's Memo 296-14. Deadline for submissions is November 14, 2014.
Nominations sought for the 2015 National History Teacher of the Year Award. See Superintendent's Memo 295-14. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2015.
Observe Season for Nonviolence
From January 30-April 4 schools are encouraged to participate in the Season for Nonviolence . The national campaign marks the memorial anniversaries of nonviolence advocates Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A video offers information and suggestions on ways schools and students can observe the Season for Nonviolence and practice nonviolence skills to affect change.
Four regional EIRI Workshops are planned for the 2014-15 school year. The purpose of the workshops is to provide professional development to K-3 classroom teachers and reading specialists. Interested teachers should contact their school division Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) representative who will be responsible for registering a team. More about this workship series or call the PALS office at 888-882-7257. Also see the VDOE EIRI page.
Instruction in Virginia's public schools is guided by the Standards of Learning. The standards describe the commonwealth's expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history and social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education and driver education. See Standards of Learning.
The commonwealth and its public schools also provide specialized instruction and programs for gifted students, students with disabilities, English language learners and children in schools serving economically disadvantaged communities.
Instruction CommitteesVirginia teachers, school administrators and content specialists may serve on various Instruction Committees. Committee type and times will vary, and may include: Standards of Learning Review, Textbook Review and Support Materials Development. VDOE encourages educators to participate in this process.