Superintendent’s Memo #169-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 21, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Incentive Awards

Governor McDonnell and the 2013 General Assembly approved funding to conduct a pilot initiative to attract, recruit, and retain high-quality diverse individuals to teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) subjects in Virginia’s middle and high schools.  This pilot program will provide incentive awards in fiscal year 2014 to teachers who meet specified criteria and are employed in a Virginia public school.

Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with preference to teachers assigned to teach in hard-to-staff schools or low-performing schools not fully accredited.  Applicants for the pilot must meet the following requirements:
           
Teachers Reassigned from a Fully Accredited School to a Hard-to-Staff School or School Not Fully Accredited

Successful teachers, regardless of teaching experience, selected to participate in the pilot program under this criteria will be eligible to receive a $5,000 initial incentive award after the completion of the year of teaching experience in the hard-to-staff school or a school that is not fully accredited, a satisfactory performance evaluation, and a signed contract in the same school division for the following year.

Teachers New to the Profession or Teachers With Up to Three Years’ Teaching Experience [Applicants must have less than three years’ teaching experience.]

Successful teachers selected to participate in the pilot program under this criteria will be eligible to receive a $5,000 initial incentive award after the completion of the first, second, or third year of teaching with a satisfactory performance evaluation and a signed contract in the same school division for the following school year. 

Continuation Incentive Awards

An additional $1,000 incentive award may be granted for each year the eligible teacher (meeting either criteria above) receives a satisfactory evaluation and teaches a qualifying STEM subject in which the teacher has an endorsement for up to three years in a Virginia school division following the year in which the teacher receives the initial incentive award. The maximum incentive award (initial and continuation) for each eligible teacher is $8,000.  Incentive awards are contingent upon available funding. The incentive awards are taxable to the recipient, and the school division is responsible for ensuring all taxes are remitted.

The attached application must be received no later than September 27, 2013.  Original applications must be submitted with signatures of the teacher applicant and the division superintendent. Incomplete applications and photocopies will not be considered.  Please mail the application to Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.  A form and instructions to request reimbursement of these funds will be sent to the school divisions with teachers who are accepted into the pilot at a later date. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Patty S. Pitts at (804) 371-2522 or by e-mail at Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov.

PIW/psp

Attachment:

  1. Application for the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Incentive Awards (Word)