Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

September 1, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Funds for Mentor Teacher Programs

The 2000 Virginia General Assembly appropriated $2.75 million to support mentor teacher and clinical faculty programs for the 2000-2002 biennium. Each year of the biennium 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 through a Request for Competitive Grant Proposals. School divisions should collaborate with institution(s) of higher education in the continued development and implementation of mentor teacher programs.

The funds for school divisions will be allocated on a per teacher basis that will be determined after requests for grants have been submitted. Participation in the program is voluntary. A local resource commitment of 50 percent is required, and funds will be retroactive to July 1,2000.

If you are interested in seeking funding for your mandatory mentor teacher program for probationary teachers, please complete the attached affidavit verifying the number of new teachers without teaching experience in your division for 2000-2001 and the projected number for the 2001-2002 school year. Please fax the attached form to Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804) 786-6759 no later than September 15, 2000. Upon receipt of this information, funds for the 2000-01 year will be transmitted electronically to your school division.

The Education Accountability and Quality Enhancement Act of 1999 amended Section 22.1-303 of the Code of Virginia to require 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. A copy of the Board of Educationís guidelines for mentor teacher programs is enclosed for your information.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott (, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, or Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver ( ), CSPD specialist, at (804) 371-2522.