DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 19
April 27, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The 2007 General Assembly appropriated $1.375 million to support mentor teacher and clinical faculty programs for the fiscal year 2008. Approximately $1 million will be allocated for mentor teacher programs in school divisions, and $375,000 will be awarded to institutions of higher education for clinical faculty programs.
School divisions should collaborate
with institutions of higher education in the continued development and
implementation of mentor teacher programs.
Participating divisions are strongly encouraged to implement projects
that reflect scientific, evidence-based research, and best practices. These programs include the Pathwise Framework
Induction Program at http://www.ets.org, The
Santa Cruz New Teacher Project at http://newteachercenter.org,
For 2007-2008, funds for school divisions will be allocated on a per teacher basis that will be determined after requests for grants have been submitted. A local resource commitment of 50 percent is required. Funds will be retroactive to July 1, 2007, and will be awarded subject to available state funding.
Participation in this funding opportunity to support mentor teacher programs is voluntary. Section 22.1‑303 of the Code of Virginia requires that school boards must provide probationary teachers with a mentor teacher, except those who have prior successful teaching experience, as described by Board of Education guidelines. Copies of the Board of Educations Guidelines for Mentor Teacher Programs for Beginning and Experienced Teachers and Requirements of Quality and Effectiveness for Beginning Teacher Mentor Programs in Hard-To-Staff Schools may be accessed at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/newvdoe/teached.html.
While participation is voluntary, all school divisions must complete the attached affidavit verifying the number of new teachers with no years of teaching experience who will be employed for 2007-2008 and the projected number for the 2008-2009 school year. If you are not interested in seeking funding for your mandatory mentor teacher program for probationary teachers, please check the appropriate statement on the attached affidavit. This form must be faxed to Jennifer K. Stuart, teacher education specialist, Office of Teacher Education at (804)786-6759 no later than Friday, September 14, 2007. Upon receipt of this information, along with your 2006-2007 Mentor Teacher Summary Report due Friday June 15, 2007, funds for the 2007-2008 year will begin to be transmitted electronically to your school division on a semi-monthly payment schedule.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Patty S. Pitts, assistant superintendent, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, at (804) 371‑2522 or e-mail: Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov, or Jennifer K. Stuart, at (804)225-2047 or e-mail: Jennifer.Stuart@doe.virginia.gov.