Virginia Implements New Professional Development Program to Retain Novice Teachers

Virginia Implements New Professional Development Program to Retain Novice Teachers

June 30, 2020

To mitigate teacher shortages, the Virginia Department of Education and the James Madison University College of Education have announced a new partnership called the Virginia New Teacher Support Program, which aims to retain novice teachers in the state. Under this program, first and second-year teachers will be matched “with an instructional coach who will provide coaching on professional knowledge, instructional planning, instructional delivery, student assessment, and professionalism.” This program, which is being funded by a $200 grant from Title II ESSA Funds, is eligible to approximately 500 teachers in the 2020-21 school year, seeks to provide