COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 145

August 4, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps Teacher Recruitment and Application

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the continuation of the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps. This program is designed to reinforce the quality of mathematics instruction in middle schools and help ensure that students receive a solid foundation in mathematics as they prepare to enter high school. This initiative addresses middle school mathematics; one of the top ten areas of critical teacher shortage in 2005 - 2006. The Teacher Corps also provides support for middle schools likely to have difficulty finding more qualified mathematics teachers to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

The Teacher Corps will provide the structure and incentives to place up to 57 qualified mathematics teachers in middle schools that have been designated as at risk in mathematics by virtue of being either accredited with warning in mathematics or not meeting the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) in mathematics performance as required for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

Teachers selected as members of the Teacher Corps will be dynamic teachers who have demonstrated success in teaching mathematics in challenging environments and are willing to teach sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade mathematics. While their top priority will be teaching, they may also work with school administrators and faculty to help less-experienced or struggling teachers. Participating middle schools will be eligible for incentive funds from the Department of Education to provide a salary differential to assist in hiring a member of the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps.

Members of the Teacher Corps are eligible for up to a $10,000 salary differential from the participating school division. Additional information about the program and an application to participate as a teacher in the Teacher Corps is available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/OCP/teachercorps.html.

 

If you have questions about the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps, please contact Patience E. Scott, teacher quality specialist, Office of Professional Practice at (804) 225-3203, or by e-mail at Patience.Scott@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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