Virginia Preschool Initiative Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program (Superintendent's Memo #302-18) (Grant application is due by 4pm on Nov. 30, 2018)
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.)
Additional information about VPI Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program grants and how to apply may be found in the 2018-2019 VPI Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program Application, Attachment A of this memorandum. A school division interested in submitting an application must identify a representative to complete the application and communicate directly with qualified teachers. The grant application is due by 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. VDOE will make official, hardcopy Grant Award Notifications to successful school division applicants no later than February 28, 2019.
Q: Is a provisionally-licensed teacher with an endorsement in Special Education Early Childhood who serves as an itinerant teacher for a VPI student in a VPI classroom eligible for the Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program?
A: Yes, a ECSE teacher who holds a provisional license with an endorsement in Special Education Early Childhood and who is responsible for providing instruction to a VPI student as an itinerant teacher is eligible to receive funds from the VPI Provisionally Licensed Teacher Incentive Program.