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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 29, 2006

Bay academies offer free professional development to teachers statewide

RICHMOND ? Registration is open for 2006 Chesapeake Bay Academy professional development workshops for Virginia educators. The Coastal Bay Academy will be held the week of June 19-23 at St. Margaret?s School in Tappahannock, Va. The 2006 Mountain Bay Academy will be held the week of June 19-22 at Douthat State Park in Clifton Forge, Va.

The Virginia Resource-Use Education Council offers full scholarships for up to 30 teacher participants per academy. Priority is given to teachers of grades 6-12. Teachers can earn an optional three hours of Life Sciences graduate credits from Virginia Commonwealth University for a $300 fee.

Each academy provides teachers with the curricula to create meaningful Chesapeake Bay experiences for their students. Academy activities are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning and focus on environmental topics related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including water quality, habitat and geology.

This year will be the second for the Mountain Academy and the fourth for the Coastal Academy. Program content and registration information is online at www.vanaturally.com/bayacademy.html.

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