P.O. BOX 2120



August 20, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Funds for Mentor Teacher Programs


The 2004 General Assembly appropriated $2.75 million to support mentor teacher and clinical faculty programs for the 2004-2006 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.


School divisions should collaborate with institutions of higher education in the continued development and implementation of mentor teacher programs. Participating divisions are strongly encouraged to implement projects that reflect scientific, evidenced-based research and best practices such as those presented as part of the Mentor Teacher Institute sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education on August 12-13, 2004. These programs include the Pathwise Framework Induction Program, The Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, and Fairfax County Public Schools Great Beginnings: Beginning Teacher Induction Program


For 2004-2006,funds for school divisions will be allocated on a per teacher basis that will be determined after requests for grants have been submitted. A local resource commitment of 50 percent is required, and funds will be retroactive to July 1, 2004.

Participation in this funding opportunity to support mentor teacher programs is voluntary. However, 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 Educations guidelines for mentor teacher programs may be accessed at Additionally, the funds for clinical faculty programs will be awarded to institutional officials that submit proposals designed to work with school divisions to address mentor teacher programs in hard-to-staff schools. Requirements for mentor teacher programs in hard-to-staff schools may be accessed at


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 2004-2005 and the projected number for the 2005-2006 school year. Please fax the attached form to Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, director of teacher education, at (804) 786-6759 no later than September 13, 2004. Upon receipt of this information, along with your 2003-2004 Mentor Teacher Summary Report, funds for the 2004-2005 year will be transmitted electronically to your school division.


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott,, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, or Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver,, director of teacher education, at (804) 692-0251.





c: Deans and Directors of Teacher Education Programs