P.O. BOX 2120




March 5, 2004




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Recruitment Partnership with The New Teacher Project


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce a two-year partnership with The New Teacher Project to create a teacher recruitment and referral program that will increase the number of highly qualified teaching candidates for school divisions. All interested superintendents and divisions are encouraged to become partners in this initiative.


You are invited to learn more about the program during the first Great Virginia Teach-In: A Call to Teach, sponsored by the Department of Education, to be held at the Richmond Convention Center in downtown Richmond on March 27-28. In addition to job interviews and exhibits, the Teach-In will feature a series of concurrent workshops, institutes, and orientation sessions. One of the institutes on Saturday, March 27, will be The New Teachers Project: The Virginia Approach. To register for the Teach-In, please visit the Department of Educations website at and click The Great Virginia Teach-In: A Call to Teach icon, or call toll free 1-866-373-7004.


The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with educational entities to enhance their capacity to recruit, select, prepare, and support new teachers effectively. The New Teacher Project is dedicated to ensuring that schools are staffed with highly qualified teachers. They believe that outstanding individuals must be aggressively recruited into teaching, that only the most qualified candidates should be selected to have the privilege of teaching children, and that these new teachers must be prepared and supported in a way that maximizes their effectiveness in attaining gains in student achievement.


The initiative is a two-year pilot program with the following four specific goals:


(1)         To develop the infrastructure for a statewide teacher recruitment, screening, and referral system;

(2)         To recruit both nontraditional and traditionally licensed teachers statewide;

(3)         To build the Virginia Department of Education's and participating divisions capacity to manage the recruitment system; and

(4)         To establish a universal online application and tracking system that provides real-time applicant information and data tracking.


School divisions across the state are strongly encouraged to participate in this new recruitment program funded through a partnership grant by the Virginia Department of Education and the United States Department of Education. The program will recruit and refer high-quality, pre-screened applicants who meet a set standard of eligibility. This program also will increase the number and quality of applicants available to participating school divisions statewide; bolster the number of applicants in targeted shortage areas such as mathematics, science, and special education; and improve the quality of teachers hired.


To participate in this recruitment partnership, please fax the attached questionnaire to Bruce Villineau, site advisor for The New Teacher Project, at (509) 471-5484 by March 23, 2004. Upon receipt of the attached division questionnaire, additional information will be forwarded to the contact person indicated.


For more information about this new partnership, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure,(mailto:mtelliott@pen.k12. at 804-371-2522.