COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 99

July 26, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Funds for Mentor Teacher Programs

 

The 2002 General Assembly appropriated $2.75 million to support mentor teacher and clinical faculty programs for the 2002-2004 biennium. Each year of the biennium approximately $1 million will be allocated for mentor teacher programs in school divisions, and $375,000 will be awarded to institutions of higher education for clinical faculty programs. School divisions should collaborate with institutions of higher education in the continued development and implementation of mentor teacher programs.

 

The funds for school divisions will be allocated on a per teacher basis that will be determined after requests for grants have been submitted. Participation in the program is voluntary. A local resource commitment of 50 percent is required, and funds will be retroactive to July 1, 2002.

 

If you are interested in seeking funding for your mandatory mentor teacher program for probationary teachers, please complete the attached affidavit verifying the number of new teachers without teaching experience in your division for 2002-2003 and the projected number for the 2003-2004 school year. Please fax the attached form to Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, director of teacher education, at (804) 786-6759 no later than August 15, 2002. Upon receipt of this information, along with your 2001-2002 Mentor Teacher Summary Report, funds for the 2002-2003 year will be transmitted electronically to your school division.

 

The Education Accountability and Quality Enhancement Act of 1999 amended Section 22.1-303 of the Code of Virginia to require that school boards must provide probationary teachers with a mentor teacher, except those who have prior successful teaching experience, as described by Board of Education guidelines. A copy of the Board of Educations guidelines for mentor teacher programs may be accessed at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/newvdoe/teached.html. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, mailto:telliott@pen.k12.va.us, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, or Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, mailto:jcarver@mail.k12ed.edu, director of teacher education, at (804) 692-0251.

 

 

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