Superintendent’s Memo #234-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 31, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia – An Interactive Online History Course; Pre-registration by September 12, 2012

Virginia Studies:  Thinking Historically about Virginia, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered this fall.  This class supports the Virginia Standards of Learning for teaching Virginia Studies and is designed to help teachers incorporate more Virginia history into the curriculum.  Participants who complete the course will be eligible for license renewal points.  The course is also available through George Mason University for three graduate credits.

The class will be offered on the Internet at  Registration may be completed online at that Web site.  Teachers may pre-register by September 12, 2012, and the first module assignment is due September 26, 2012.  The course ends December 7, 2012.

For teachers desiring recertification points only, participants work through seven modules.  In each module, requirements include writing a hypothesis, exploring historical materials, completing a quiz, and reflecting on classroom applications.  The cost is $40.  Pre-registration should be completed by September 12, 2012, at

Teachers desiring three graduate credits through George Mason University will participate in a related course with seven modules and design and produce a module on the hidden history of a primary source from Virginia’s past for the final project.  The cost is $800 for Virginia residents and $875 for out-of-state residents.  Pre-registration should be completed by September 12, 2012, at

For more information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social science, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2893, or contact Jessica Kilday, research associate, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, by e-mail at or by telephone at (571) 308-6840.