Superintendent’s Memo No. 301-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 31, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  “Programs That Work” Awards for Mathematics, Science, and STEM

The Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition (VMSC) invites you to nominate effective student and teacher education programs for its annual "Programs That Work" Awards. The VMSC is interested in reviewing and recognizing exemplary mathematics, science, and integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.  Proposals will be evaluated on the extent that applicants are able to:

Application requirements and more information can be found at  Virginia’s public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school divisions, institutions of higher education, state agencies, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are invited to apply.  Applications are due on December 12, 2014, and will be evaluated on a competitive basis for programs that have been conducted during the past five years and have demonstrated positive results.

Awardees will be recognized on January 20, 2015, at a reception in Richmond at the Library of Virginia.  The VMSC will support the travel and lodging of award recipients for each program recognized.

For more information, contact the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition by e-mail at