Virginia New Teacher Support Program (July 2020)
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 an instructional coach who will provide coaching on professional knowledge, instructional planning, instructional delivery, student assessment and professionalism. Participating teachers also will have access to a menu of live online professional development sessions.
During the 2020-2021 school year, the Virginia New Teacher Support Program will provide mentoring and professional development to 500 teachers, including 250 through an existing partnership between JMU, Virginia State University and five pilot divisions (Augusta County, Harrisonburg, Petersburg, Portsmouth and Rockingham County). An additional 250 teachers will be selected from other divisions around the commonwealth. First- and second-year teachers who wish to participate should contact their building principals to apply.