COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 128

August 15, 2003

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. Participating divisions are strongly encouraged to implement projects that reflect scientific, evidenced based research and best practices such as those presented as part of the Mentor Teacher Institute sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education on June 17-18, 2003.

These programs include the Pathwise Framework Induction Program
http://www.ets.org/pathwise/mentoring.html,
The Santa Cruz New Teacher Project
http://www.newteachercenter.org/NTP.html,
and Fairfax County Public Schools Great Beginnings: Beginning Teacher Induction Program
http://www.fcps.edu/DIS/OSDT.

 

For 2003-2004,funds for school divisions will be allocated on a per teacher basis that will be determined after requests for grants have been submitted. A local resource commitment of 50 percent is required, and funds will be retroactive to July 1, 2003.

Participation in this funding opportunity to support mentor teacher programs is voluntary. However, 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 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 2003-2004 and the projected number for the 2004-2005 school year. Please fax the attached form to Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, director of teacher education, at (804) 786-6759 no later than September 15, 2003. Upon receipt of this information, along with your 2002-2003 Mentor Teacher Summary Report, funds for the 2003-2004 year will be transmitted electronically to your school division.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, telliott@pen.k12.va.us, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, or Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, jcarver@mail.vak12ed.edu, director of teacher education, at (804) 692-0251.

 

 

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