SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 58
March 15, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program|
In 1986, Congress initiated the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program to provide fellowships to encourage outstanding teachers to continue their education or to develop educational projects and programs for use in their classrooms. The program was established to honor the memory of America's first teacher in space, who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off in January 1986. In accordance with the regulations governing implementation of the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program, the Virginia Department of Education has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $33,275 to support the activities of the Virginia Fellow. This will be the final year of the program, which was not authorized by Congress after 1997. One fellow and one alternate will be selected to participate in the program during the 1996-1997 school year. The fellowship is intended to cover up to 12 months of academic study or to implement a special project. Fellows may use awards for projects to improve their knowledge or skills and the education of their students, including: (1) sabbaticals for study or research, (2) consultation with or assistance to other school systems, (3) development of special innovative programs, or (4) model teacher programs and staff development. Applicants are encouraged to develop programs in these categories that focus on implementation of the Standards of Learning. Application information regarding the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program is enclosed. Should you have teachers who are interested in applying for a fellowship award, please have them complete the enclosed application and mail ten (10) copies on or before May 10, 1996, to: Jo Smith Read, Education Specialist, Division for Compliance, Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23216-2120. Your support of this program is encouraged and appreciated. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Read at (804) 225-2096. WCB,Jr/jsr Enclosures: A copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. c: Public School Principals Accredited Nonpublic Schools