SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 203
October 29, 1999
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 .