COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 203
October 29, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Courses and Tuition Assistance for Educators of Students with Visual Impairments


  The Virginia Department of Education recognizes the need to
  provide both a strategy and funds to support the
  implementation of a teacher preparation program for teachers
  seeking endorsement in visual impairment.  The University of
  Louisville offers a distance learning program that provides
  the required course work to meet the competencies of
  Virginia's Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. 
  Grant funds are available to support this initiative through
  Virginia's State Improvement Plan for Special Education.

  Teachers who hold a provisional or a special education
  conditional license with an endorsement in visual impairment
  may be eligible for this program.  In addition, the teacher
  must have an E-mail account, access to the World Wide Web,
  an assigned mentor, and a recommendation by the
  administration of the school division.  Teachers interested
  in receiving an application for the program should submit
  the attached form to Sandra P. Aldrich, specialist,
  Comprehensive System of Personnel Development, Division of
  Teacher Education and Licensure, Virginia Department of
  Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 by
  November 19, 1999.  Applications for the program will be
  sent to teachers upon receipt of the attached form. 
  Questions regarding this initiative should be directed to
  Sandra Aldrich (804) 225-2096 or E-mail
  saldrich@pen.k12.va.us.

  PDS/sa

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.

  c: Directors of Special Education
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