SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 51
March 5, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program|
In 1987, Congress created the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program in memory of Christa McAuliffe, the New Hampshire teacher who served as an astronaut on the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986. The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship program is to provide an opportunity for outstanding, experienced classroom teachers to develop education projects and programs that will assist in their state's education improvement initiatives, enhance their own professional skills, or improve classroom instruction. In 1996, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) became the program manager and distributor of funds to departments of education in the nation. In accordance with the regulations established by CCSSO for the implementation of the Fellowship, the Virginia Department of Education has received two grants totaling $62,000 to support the activities of two Virginia fellows. Both fellows will receive $31,000 and will implement their activities during the 1999-2000 school year. Application information is enclosed. Should you have teachers who are interested in applying for a fellowship award, please have them complete the enclosed application and mail 10 copies on or before May 14, 1999, to Byrd G. Latham, Teacher Education Specialist, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Your support of this program is encouraged and appreciated. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Byrd Latham at 804-225-2104 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/bl Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- will be sent to the superintendent's office. c: Public School Principals Accredited Nonpublic Schools .