COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 135

May 30, 2008

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 for the 20082009 school year. 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 10 areas of critical teacher shortage in 20072008. The Teacher Corps also provides support for middle schools likely to have difficulty finding highly qualified mathematics teachers to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

 

The Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps will provide the structure and incentives to place 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 (AMO) 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 Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps should 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 priority will be teaching, they also may work with school administrators and faculty to help less experienced teachers. Upon the approval of a school grant application, participating middle schools may be eligible for funds from the Virginia 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 for up to three years from the participating school division contingent upon the availability of funding. If an eligible middle school hires an individual new to that school who is accepted into the Teacher Corps, the school may apply to the Virginia Department of Education to receive funding for a $10,000 annual salary differential for the Teacher Corps member. If a Teacher Corps member is currently teaching at an eligible school, the school may apply for funding to provide a $5,000 annual salary differential for the Teacher Corps member. Additional information about the program, the school grant application, and an application to participate as a teacher in the Teacher Corps are available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/OCP/teachercorps.html.

 

We encourage school divisions with eligible schools to use the Teacher Corps program as an incentive for recruitment and retention.

 

If you have questions about the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps, please contact Ms. Connie Fisher, teacher quality specialist, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, at (804) 3717583 or e-mail at Connie.Fisher@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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