Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps 2014-2015
The Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps (MSTC) helps school divisions fill a critical teacher shortage area, middle school mathematics. By providing targeted funding to help school divisions recruit qualified middle-school mathematics teachers, students are better able to meet curriculum standards and have a more solid foundation for success in high school mathematics.
- Eligible Schools
- Eligible Teachers
- Application Procedure
The Virginia MSTC program provides the structure and incentives for school divisions to recruit experienced mathematics teachers for middle schools that have been designated as "at risk in mathematics" as a result of being Accredited with Warning in mathematics or not meeting federal benchmarks. Schools eligible to participate in the MSTC will have the opportunity to take part in the initiative for at least three years and provide qualified recruits with incentive payments of $5,000 per year, pending available funding from the Virginia General Assembly.
The following link provides a list of middle-grades schools eligible to participate in the MSTC program in 2014-2015.
These are schools that are: 1) Accredited with Warning in mathematics under the state’s school accreditation process; 2) did not meet mathematics Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB); and/or 3) are identified as Priority Schools, where mathematics is an area identified for improvement. School divisions may apply for funding to provide an annual salary differential of $5,000 for three years for each approved MSTC position. The $5,000 salary differential will be used to help recruit qualified teachers willing to fill mathematics vacancies at eligible middle schools.
Middle schools – or any schools housing grades 6, 7 or 8 – that are Accredited with Warning in mathematics and/or b) that did not meet the federal Annual Measurable Objectives in mathematics are eligible to participate in this initiative.
Qualified MSTC teachers must:
- hold an active, five-year Virginia teaching license;
- hold an appropriate teaching endorsement to teach middle school mathematics;
- have at least three years experience in full-time teaching of middle- or high-school mathematics;
- have a major or minor in mathematics (a minimum of 18 semester hours of mathematics coursework); and
- have demonstrated success in improving students’ academic achievement in mathematics.
The MSTC program application process has been streamlined for the 2014-2015 school year. The program continues to focus on reinforcing the quality of mathematics instruction in
middle schools and ensuring that at-risk students receive a solid foundation in mathematics. However, the revised process substantially simplifies how school divisions with eligible schools access and use MSTC funds to recruit effective middle-grades mathematics teachers. Completed 2014-2015 MSTC Program Applications are due to VDOE by 4 p.m., March 3, 2014.
The 2014-2015 Middle School Teacher Corps Application with detailed program information is included as an attachment to Superintendent’s Memo #309-13.
For More Information Contact:
Kim Powell, Grants and Reports Manager
Division of Instruction
Science and Mathematics Specialist
Division of Instruction