Professional Learning

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History & Social Science SOL Institutes

VDOE provided targeted professional development through History and Social Science Standards of Learning Institutes. Teachers and school divisions are encouraged to utilize the professional development resources to improve student achievement through quality instruction.

Professional Development

  • Geography Connects – a series of self-paced courses for Virginia teachers taught by Dr. Don Zeigler, professor of geography at Old Dominion University; may be taken to earn recertification points or for graduate credit.
  • Virginia Government Matters  – a free online teaching and learning resource highlighting active citizen involvement, the impact of state and local government on daily life, and how individuals shape their communities in the Commonwealth.
  • Online U.S. History Course: Hidden in Plain Sight – an online U.S. history course created for teachers. This course may be taken for recertification points or for graduate credit. 45 Recertification Points Participants
  • Virginia Studies: Thinking Historically about Virginia – an online course for teachers may be taken for recertification points or for graduate credit. 

Professional Organizations