The program is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a non-profit professional association dedicated to improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
“Special education is consistently the number-one critical shortage area for teachers,” Lane said. “I want to thank the Council for Exceptional Children for helping us do more to support our new special education teachers, while we seek to recruit more educators into this challenging, but incredibly rewarding area.”
“By supporting new teachers, we increase the likelihood that they will succeed in the classroom.” Qarni said. “I hope every school division in the commonwealth will take advantage of this opportunity to support its first-year special educators.”
Teachers must be registered by their employing school division’s human resources office by November 30 to participate in the pilot.