COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
March 18, 2016
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
To enhance the co-teaching model in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) implemented the Excellence in Co-teaching Initiative in 2014-2015 with middle and high school demonstration site classrooms throughout the state. Because of the level of commitment and work that the demonstration site partners have done to enhance the co-teaching skills of other Virginia teachers, VDOE is expanding the initiative to include elementary sites and additional secondary sites. The VDOE is seeking nominations from building and division leadership of co-teaching partners and their schools to become demonstration sites for the Excellence in Co-teaching Initiative during the 2016-2017 school year. The following sites are needed:
Demonstration sites showcase the implementation of co-teaching by promoting a collaborative model in which general and special education teachers share responsibility for the achievement of all students in the general education classroom through active co-teaching, collaboration, and implementation of inclusive and research-based practices. The selected co-teaching partners will assist in enhancing current co-teaching practices across the state by modeling best practices in co-teaching to other co-teaching teams during visits to their classrooms, and by sharing resources with others in a variety of ways.
The VDOE and the Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) will provide training, technical assistance, and support for each demonstration site. A $5,000 subgrant will be provided to the participating schools for use in supporting the achievement of students with disabilities, and the co-teaching partners will each receive a $2,500 stipend.
An application is attached that contains the competitive criteria for participation. Information on participation expectations and requirements in order to be considered for selection are included in the application. Completed applications and supporting materials (Sections 1 - 7) must be received by the Virginia Department of Education by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016.
The application and video links may be e-mailed to Dr. Teresa Lee at Teresa.Lee@doe.virginia.gov (see section 4 of the attached application document). If DVDs are used, mail to:
Dr. Teresa Lee
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218
Demonstration sites will be selected by May 20, 2016. If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail or call Dr. Teresa Lee at (804) 371-8283.