P.O. BOX 2120



January 12, 2006



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction



The Third Great Virginia Teach-In: A Call to Teach


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce The Third Great Virginia Teach-in: A Call to Teach, to be held on Saturday, March 18, 2006, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. During the first two teach-in events over 6,000 prospective teachers attended and were provided the opportunity to meet with representatives of school divisions and teacher preparation programs, licensure specialists, and others to explore hands-on information about teaching in 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 18, 2006, 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. To access an informative video link about the Great Virginia Teach-In please visit:


The Virginia Tech Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (COTA) will handle online registration, hotel lodging, and other logistics. To identify your Third Great Virginia Teach-In division contact, please fax the attached form to: Michael S. Myers, specialist, Office of Professional Practice, Virginia Department of Education, at (804) 225-3671. Unless you inform us otherwise, we will correspond directly with the individual designated on the form regarding all Great Virginia Teach-In information and updates.


If you have questions regarding the Teach-In, please contact

Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent, Division of Teacher Education, Licensure, and Professional Practice,

Dr. Douglas J. Fiore, director, Office of Professional Practice or Michael S. Myers, specialist at (804) 225-2559.





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