COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 63
April 27, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO:  Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
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 Christa McAuliffe Fellowship 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 one grant totaling $31,000 to support the activities of a Virginia fellow to implement a selected project during the 2001-2002 school year.

Application information is attached. The application packet must be submitted to the Department of Education on or before June 28, 2001.

Your support of this program is encouraged and appreciated. For more information, please contact Ms. Byrd Latham, specialist for teacher education, (mailto:blatham@pen.k12.va.us), at (804) 225-2104.

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