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Virginia Preschool Initiative Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program (Superintendent's Memo #302-18)
To support early childhood education in Virginia’s preschool classrooms, the 2018 Virginia General Assembly appropriated funds to support well-prepared teachers for children served through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the VPI Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program. This program provides funding of no more than $30,000 each for local school divisions for the sole purpose of providing financial incentives to provisionally licensed teachers teaching students enrolled in the VPI program.
To qualify for the incentives, teachers must:
- teach VPI students, this includes provisionally licensed Early Childhood Special Education teachers who are responsible for providing instruction to VPI students;
- hold an active, provisional Virginia teaching license; and
- be actively engaged in taking coursework to satisfy licensure requirements reflected in the Code of Virginia § 22.1-299. (The license that is being sought must include an appropriate endorsement in PreK-3, PreK-6, or Special Education Early Childhood.)
Six of Virginia's VPI+ divisions have graciously agreed to open their doors to visitors this school year.
Showcase PreK in VA, is a unique opportunity for selected VPI+ programs to share promising practices in a particular learning focus area and to foster collaborative learning networks across the Commonwealth. One of the programs, Giles County, will be showcasing "Building Systems for Collaboration and Inclusion of Children with Disabilities."
Showcase PreK in VA is not about “perfection,” it’s about reflection–creating the opportunity for educators and leaders to engage meaningfully around a promising practice in the same time and space. It’s about acknowledging that often, in getting educators together, “the answer is in the room.”