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Ruckersville Elementary School

Virginia Teachers To Gain Help June 21-22 In Meeting The SOLs

June 13, 2000 -- Teachers who lead schools' efforts to meet Virginia's Standards of Learning will gain help during a June 21-22 conference at the Ruckersville Elementary School.

Expected to attract about 250 educators, the Lead Teacher Conference will bring together representatives of the Virginia Department of Education, the Governor's Best Practice Center, faculty from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education and members of the Professional Development Consortium, a partnership between Central Virginia school divisions and U.Va.

Teachers will use the advice offered in the morning sessions to develop strategies to help their students meet the state-mandated Standards of Learning in science, mathematics, history and English during the afternoon team-planning sessions. Among the topics to be discussed are designing effective assessment measures, helping students with learning disabilities master the SOLs and examining resources for teaching the Standards of Learning.

"We realize teachers are under a lot of pressure with the accountability measure. We want to show our support for teachers and provide a conference that is informative and helpful as the lead teachers develop strategies for meeting the SOLs," said Brenda Tanner, assistant professor of education at U.Va. and director of the Virginia School-University Partnership.

The partnership is an organization of 20 Central Virginia school divisions and U.Va. that started more than 10 years ago to facilitate the sharing of information about effective strategies. An outgrowth of that partnership, the Professional Development Consortium was created in 1998 to provide programs that help teachers and administrators improve instruction and student achievement.

"The consortium helps educators learn about the best instructional practices being used across school divisions," Tanner said.

For more information, contact Brenda Tanner at (804) 924-0965 or bmt2h@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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