COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 089
April 29, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Teachers for Tomorrow Program, Summer Training Seminars
The Teachers for Tomorrow program is a high school course that allows junior and senior students to explore the field of education. This long-term recruitment strategy increases the potential pool of candidates who will be able to fill critical shortage vacancies, increases the diversity of applicants, and promotes the hiring of local candidates who are more likely to remain within their school divisions. Currently, there are 53 Teachers for Tomorrow programs offered as a class in Virginia high schools. Seven hundred and sixty three students are enrolled in classes statewide during the current school year.
In keeping with the challenge to increase the pool of highly qualified teachers, the purposes of the Teachers for Tomorrow Program are as follows:
To identify, train, and nurture high school students interested in teaching careers;
To support the efforts of Virginias school divisions to meet hiring targets by cultivating an effective grow your own recruitment program;
To create a high school curricular experience designed to foster student interest, understanding, and appreciation of the teaching profession; and
To attract students to teaching in critical shortage and high needs areas of the state.
School divisions interested in establishing a Teachers for Tomorrow program are invited to participate in one of three summer training seminars. Seminars for statewide training to implement the Teachers for Tomorrow Program will be conducted June 20-22, 2005, in Wise, Virginia; July 20-22, 2005, and August 15-17, 2005, in Richmond, Virginia. Schools within Regions II, III, V, VI, and VIII will be given priority for registration, as well being eligible for small financial grants to get Teachers for Tomorrow programs started for the 2006-07 school year.
The seminars will be sponsored by the Department of Education. Allowable expenses will be reimbursed to participants in accordance with state travel guidelines. The new curriculum will be provided to school divisions at no cost; however, training is required prior to receiving the curriculum.
Individuals teaching the curriculum must hold a valid collegiate professional or postgraduate professional license; have a minimum of three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary teaching experience; and be assigned to a secondary teaching area. A masters degree is preferred but not required.
Registration for all seminars must be received no later than May 20, 2005. Please complete and return the attached registration form to: Michael Myers, Teacher Quality Enhancement Consultant, P O Box 2120, Virginia Department of Education, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.
For more information about the Teachers for Tomorrow Program training, please contact Sharron K. Glasscock, (Sharron.Glasscock@doe.virginia.gov) (804) 225-2826 or Michael S. Myers (Michael.Myers@doe.virginia.gov), (804) 225-2103.