Superintendent’s Memo #193-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 26, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  TeacherDirect and Back-to-School Convocations

Weekly TeacherDirect e-mail alerts inform educators of the latest Standards of Learning (SOL) instructional and assessment resources and of SOL-related professional development opportunities.  This information is critical as the Commonwealth’s schools implement the Board of Education’s college- and career-ready standards in English, mathematics, science and history.

TeacherDirect updates typically include 10-12 headlines linking educators to new SOL-related content on the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Web site and to information about high-interest opportunities and events.  VDOE launched the broadcast e-mail service in January 2013.  By the close of the 2012-2013 school year, more than 17,000 subscriptions were received.

The following communications resources are available to school divisions for use in promoting TeacherDirect during back-to-school convocations and other opportunities before and during the upcoming school year:

TeacherDirect promotional fliers and the promotional video files are available on the VDOE’s Web site.  I encourage you to include these resources in planning convocations and other in-service events for new and returning faculty.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Harris, director, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, at 804-786-3925 or by e-mail at