COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 169

September 1, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Teacher Mentoring Programs for Hard-to-Staff Schools

 

Enhancing recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers, especially in hard-to-staff schools, has been a continued area of intense focus in Virginia. The General Assembly has appropriated funds for teacher mentoring programs to assist schools designated as hard-to-staff.

In order to qualify as hard-to-staff, a school must meet at least four of the eight criteria listed in Attachment A. A list of schools in your division that meet the criteria to be designated as hard-to-staff is being mailed to you.

 

The state share of General Assembly funds will not exceed $1,928 for each beginning teacher with zero years of teaching experience in a hard-to-staff school. Payments to school divisions will be adjusted based on the composite index. In order to receive these funds, school divisions must be utilizing one of the three mentor programs currently being piloted in Virginia: Educational Testing Service (ETS) Pathwise, the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, and Fairfax Countys Great Beginnings or develop a mentor teacher model that is carefully aligned with the Virginia Requirements of Quality and Effectiveness for Beginning Teacher Mentor Programs in Hard-To-Staff Schools.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Susan M. Trulove, associate director, Office of Professional Practice, at (804) 225-2877 or e-mail: Susan.Trulove@doe.virginia.gov.

 

BKCJr/TAE/smt

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf169a.pdf