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Va. superintendent announces new teacher support program

James Madison University and the Virginia Department of Education are launching the Virginia...
James Madison University and the Virginia Department of Education are launching the Virginia New Teacher Support Program for first and second-year teachers.(WHSV)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 4:43 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that the Virginia Department of Education and James Madison University’s College of Education are launching a program to provide support, coaching and professional development to first and second-year teachers.

The Virginia New Teacher Support Program will match first and second-year teachers with a professional who will provide coaching on instructional planning and delivery, as well as student assessment.

“Comprehensive induction programs increase teacher retention and effectiveness, and are especially critical now for first-year teachers whose student-teaching experience was cut short by closure of schools in March because of COVID-19,” Lane said.

During the 2020-2021 school year, a total of 750 teachers will receive mentoring and professional development from the program. Online professional development workshops will begin in September.

The Virginia New Teacher Support Program is funded through a $200,000 federal grant under Title II of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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