January 27, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: K-12 Mathematics Standards of Learning Institutes

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce K-12 Mathematics Institutes to be held in March and April 2017 at four sites across the Commonwealth. These Institutes will utilize a train-the-trainer model to provide professional development focused on instruction that supports implementation of the 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL).  The sessions will be framed by the five process goals for students becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations.  Professional development materials based on the 2016 Mathematics SOL Institutes will be posted online for use by grade-level or subject-area teacher learning communities.

The four, one-day Institutes (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) will be offered for teachers, division-level leaders, mathematics supervisors, instructional supervisors, professional development personnel, division lead mathematics teachers, and other administrators with responsibility for mathematics.


Virginia Tech’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will manage registration. Each division superintendent or designee will select a division-level contact. The division-level contact will identify and register up to eight team members at the site geographically closest among the four offered locations.  Space is limited and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  No more than two members may be registered for each of the following grade bands:

Registration for each of the four sites will be closed two weeks prior to the Institute or when registration is filled.  The division-level contact will complete registrationThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website online.  Confirmation of the teams' registration will be emailed to the division-level contact Participating teams may select only one site among the four locations:

Lunch will be provided for participants.  School divisions are encouraged to cover travel expenses and lodging, if needed, for division participants for the training Institutes, as these costs are not assumed by the VDOE.

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech will manage registration. Questions regarding registration should be directed to Nancy Rakes, Registrar, Virginia Tech Office of Continuing and Professional Education, via email at nancyr@vt.edu or by telephone at (540) 231-2922. Questions regarding the Mathematics SOL Institutes should be directed to Tina Mazzacane, Mathematics and Science Specialist, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, via email at Tina.Mazzacane@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-4849; or Debbie Delozier, Mathematics Specialist, via email at Debra.Delozier@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-7986.