DATE: February 23, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

Environmental Science Institute

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce four professional development opportunities to support the instruction of the new Environmental Science Course. These professional development Institutes, designed to support the Environmental Science course that was recently added to the Board of Education Approved Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements for the Standard, Advanced Studies, and Modified Standard Diplomas in Virginia Public Schools, are intended to prepare teachers to teach the Environmental Science Content Guidelines and to provide support strategies, including field experiences, to be used in the instruction of the course.

Four two-day Environmental Science Institutes will be held throughout the Commonwealth.

Each Environmental Science Institute will:

Virginia Department of Education funding will cover the cost of registration and meals for all participants. The cost of lodging for participants living more than 50 miles from the Institute site will also be covered.  School divisions are encouraged to cover mileage expenses for participants as this cost is not assumed by the Virginia Department of Education; however, this is not a requirement of the program. Enrollment in each Institute is limited to 30 teachers. Participant selection will provide representation from each Superintendents’ region.

Registration can be completed online at Environmental Science InstituteThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website through March 30, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be provided to applicants and the applicants’ school principals by email on or before April 15, 2018.

For more information about the Environmental Science Institute or about the new Environmental Science Course, please contact Anne Petersen, Science Coordinator, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, by email at or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.