P.O. BOX 2120



December 19, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



The Great Virginia Teach-In: A Call to Teach


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce The Great Virginia Teach-In: A Call to Teach, to be held on Saturday, March 27, 2004, and Sunday, March 28, 2004, at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The teach-in is a new, comprehensive recruitment opportunity that will bring aspiring teachers together with representatives of school divisions and teacher preparation programs, licensure specialists, and others to explore hands-on information about teaching in Virginia. This event supports the Governors efforts to provide highly qualified teachers for all students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


To ensure broad participation, the Department of Education will advertise nationwide. The anticipated audience will include graduates from teacher education programs, individuals interested in returning to teaching, practicing teachers in other states, teachers and other retirees (including the military), college graduates in the arts and sciences, professionals in other careers, and high school students interested in the teaching profession.


Following an opening ceremony on Saturday, March 27, 2004, there will be three major concurrent activities, including: a) booth exhibits featuring Virginia school divisions, state-approved teacher preparation programs, Career Switcher program providers, and other organizations committed to supporting quality teaching in Virginia; b) workshops and presentations designed to provide information to targeted audiences; and c) interview opportunities with human resource personnel from participating Virginia school divisions.


We hope that you and others in your division will make plans to attend The Great Virginia Teach-In: A Call to Teach.


It is anticipated that the Virginia Tech Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement will handle

on-line registration, hotel lodging, and other logistics. Until the Center is set-up to receive registration directly from you and other interested participants, you may fax the attached survey to: Michael S. Myers, director, Teacher Quality Enhancement Office, Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 225-3671. Upon receipt of the attached survey form, additional information will be forwarded to the contact person indicated.


If you have questions regarding the Teach-In, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure or Michael S. Myers, director, Teacher Quality Enhancement Office at (804) 371-2768.




Attachment: Survey Form


C: Professional Organizations

Teacher Education Program Dean and Directors

Human Resource Directors

Division Licensure Specialists

Career Switcher Coordinators

Virginia Community College System

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia