P.O. BOX 2120



October 4, 2002



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction





In a continuing effort to address the critical shortage of qualified special educators for Virginia schools, I am pleased to announce a special education teacher recruitment initiative funded through the Virginia Special Education State Improvement Grant. This grant, awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U. S. Department of Education, is, in part, earmarked to support the Virginia State Improvement Plan Strategic Direction II for Personnel Development. Goal 2 under this Strategic Direction is to promote and increase the supply of qualified special education and related service personnel who are qualified in the special education area assigned.

Beginning this fall, public service announcements from the National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, will begin airing on TV stations statewide to recruit individuals into our states special education personnel preparation programs. Interested viewers will be directed to a toll-free number they may call and receive up-to-date information on special education personnel preparation programs in Virginia, including financial aid opportunities and personnel preparation programs funded by the United States Department of Educations Office of Special Education Programs.


In addition,, a Web-based recruitment service, will be available to all school divisions. This service is designed to help Virginia school divisions meet the challenges of recruiting and placing qualified special education teachers in classrooms.


Presently, contains more than 68,000 resumes, 9,400 of which have indicated a desire to serve in Virginia schools. This service will enable Virginia school divisions to:


        Post vacancies and hire candidates in a variety of teaching areas;

        Search resumes by residency, grade level, education, and licensure areas;

        Receive cover letters from candidates by e-mail;

        Forward resumes electronically to other administrators; and

        Screen candidates by listening to brief recorded interviews.


A special education membership to is provided by the Virginia Department of Educations Office of Special Education, at no cost to school divisions and state-operated programs. Your membership may begin on October 7 and will last for one year from the date you register. This service is available for accessing and posting immediately.


To get started, you may register directly by going to, or send an e-mail to identifying the persons in your school division who are in charge of recruiting special education teachers and related services personnel. Include their names, titles, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Include individuals from the personnel and special education departments.


A representative from will contact your staff within the next few weeks to provide training and immediate access as you seek qualified special education candidates for the 2002-2003 school year. Ongoing technical assistance will be provided for each school division by


The demand for highly qualified special educators is complex, requiring the collaboration of multiple players, resources, and approaches. Our goal is to provide you with technological resources available to help you locate and employ highly qualified teachers and related services personnel for Virginia classrooms.


If you need additional information concerning this service, contact Carol Teliska, at or (877) 812-4071. Questions concerning the availability of membership through the Virginia Department of Education should be directed to Dr. Patricia Burgess, special education human resource specialist, at (mailto: or (804) 225-2096.