COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 71

April 25, 2003

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Mentor Teacher Institute

 

The Office of Teacher Quality Enhancement in the Division of Teacher Education and Professional Licensure is pleased to host a mentor teacher institute on June 17-18, 2003, which will be funded by Virginias Teacher Quality Enhancement grant. The institute will be held at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

Each school division is invited to send its mentor contact or a designee to participate in this professional development opportunity. Those selected to attend should be aware of the mentoring needs in the school division and should be prepared to share information from the institute in a broad context within their division, including teachers of elementary, middle, and high school grades and/or subjects, special education, English as a Second Language, and other programs. Additionally, representatives should be prepared to convey information back to the division about further mentor training funding opportunities that exist as part of the Teacher Quality Enhancement grant.

The mentor teacher institute will feature presentations about proven mentoring models that are grounded in scientifically-based research as well as allow several school divisions to share the details of effective models they have developed to fit the needs of their localities. All models will support Virginias Guidelines for Mentor Teacher Programs for Beginning and Experienced Teachers. Following the institute, school divisions will have the opportunity to submit a proposal for funding to develop and pilot a mentor model.

Institute Registration (by May 16, 2003)

Each divisions representative must complete the attached registration form and return it by May 16, 2003, to the address listed on the form. There is no registration fee for the institute. Participants should plan to attend the entire two-day presentation, beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17 and ending at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. Lunch will be provided daily. Individuals who need overnight accommodations must also contact the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel as outlined below to make lodging arrangements.

Hotel Reservations (by May 30, 2003)

Participants must call the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel at 800-325-3535 by May 30, 2003, and reference the Mentor Teacher Institute to make lodging reservations. After that date, the block of rooms reserved at state rates of $77 per night will be released to the public. Participants will be reimbursed for their lodging, meals, and travel expenses in accordance with state travel regulations. Classroom teachers who participate in the institute and who are not under contract to a school division at the time of the institute will be eligible to receive a stipend of $300 for full participation in the institute.

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Richard W. Layman (mailto:rlayman@mail.vak12ed.edu), director, office of teacher quality enhancement, at 804-225-2103.

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