The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is awarding grants totaling $50,000 to help a projected 337 provisionally licensed minority teachers in seven school divisions attain full state licensure. The funds will cover tutoring costs and fees for the content-knowledge assessments required by the state Board of Education for full licensure.
The grants were authorized by the 2018 General Assembly in response to the August 2017 report of the Taskforce to Diversify Virginia’s Educator Pipeline. The task force‘s recommendations included state assistance to help provisionally licensed minority teachers attain full state certification.
“Improving teacher diversity must be part of the commonwealth’s strategy to recruit and retain the educator workforce necessary to prepare our growing and increasingly diverse student population for success,” said Governor Ralph Northam.