P.O. BOX 2120



September 12, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



United States History Connects An Interactive

Online United States History Course Beginning November 3, 2008


United States History Connects, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered in the fall of 2008. This class supports the Standards of Learning for teaching United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present; and Virginia and United States History. Participants who complete the course will be eligible for license renewal points.


The class will be offered on the Internet at Registration may be completed online at that website. Teachers may register from September 22 through October 17, 2008, and the class starts November 3, 2008. The course ends December 12, 2008. Enrollment will be limited to the first 100 teachers who sign up for license renewal points.


The goals of the course are as follows:

      connecting the events of 20th Century United States history to past events;

      analyzing what it means to be an American;

      connecting economic, political, and social evolutions; and

      providing lesson plans, resources, and links for classroom teachers.


The course consists of five components, each of which is expected to take approximately five hours. Each component includes activities, resource links, a discussion board, and quizzes. Videos also explain the subject matter being discussed. Teachers will find many ideas, resources, and links that will assist them in the classroom.


The course includes the following five topics:

       Part I: Why Study United States History?;

       Part II: What is an American?;

       Part III: The Evolution of Revolution;

       Part IV: Individualism and Community; and

       Part V: The United States and the World.


Carolyn J. Lawes, a professor of history at Old Dominion University since 1993, will teach the course. She works regularly with Virginia teachers to improve their ability to teach the Standards of Learning. Please contact her at or at (757) 683-6022, if you have additional questions about the course.


For more information, please contact Beverly Thurston, coordinator, history and social science, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.