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  1. Selling teaching as a Great profession Preaching to the Choir

  2. The Teaching Landscape in WV 22, 240 Classroom Teachers $46, 559 Average Salary $30, 815 Average Beginning Teacher Salary Personnel Data Report, 2008 Division of Educator Quality and System Support Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  3. Significant Statics • For the 2008-2009 school year: • 4, 593 teaching positions were posted • 62 %, or 2,848 positions were filled by educators already employed in that county • 14% , or 633 positions were filled by recent college graduates • 13%, 597 positions were filled by individuals on permits • 11 % 505 positions were not filled by the time the data were collected Personnel Data Report, 2008 Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  4. Benefits of Completing a Teacher Preparation Program • New Professional Teaching Standards • Identified in WVBE Policy 5100: http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p5100_co.pdf • Clearly articulate what effective 21st century teachers need to know and be able to do • Institutions of higher education are in the process of modify existing programs to incorporate the standards for the preparation of candidates • Tighter alignment between higher education and public education • Teachers Leadership Institute include IHE faculty • 21st Century Connections: PK-12—Higher Education (Technology Conference for IHE only) • Ruby Payne Training, to include information into teacher preparation programs Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  5. Benefits of Returning Home to Teach • TEACH Grant • Up to $4,000 per year for students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families • http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/4807Teach_FactSheet_v3.pdf Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  6. Identified Low Income School • School Year 2008-09 • 685 West Virginia Low-Income Schools • 97.3 % or all schools in WV • Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory • https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/ Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  7. Benefits of Returning Home to Teach • Student Loan Cancellation • Up to $17,500 of loan forgiveness for special education, science, or mathematics teachers for 5 years of consecutive teaching in an identified low-income school • Up to $5,000 of loan forgiveness for teachers of other subjects for 5 years of consecutive teaching in an identified low-income school • http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GEN0613AttachB.pdf Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  8. Initial Benefits of Teaching • First year teachers are assigned a mentor teacher • Varied and extensive professional development opportunities and resources: • County level • WVDE offerings • Mentorship Website: http://wvde.state.wv.us/mentorship/ • WV Center for Professional Development offerings Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  9. Questions, Comments, Reactions? Division of Educator Quality and System Support

  10. Contact Information Contact information Lori Wiggins E-mail: lwiggins@access.k12.wv.us Telephone: 800.982.2378 Division of Educator Quality and System Support