|Grantee Name:||West Virginia Department of Education|
|Project Name:||Transition-to-Teaching Project|
|Project Director:||Doug Cipolleti 800-982-2378|
|Partner Districts/LEAs:||Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Randolph, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Upshur, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt|
The West Virginia Department of Education Transition-to-Teaching Project is a partnership between two institutions of higher education and 26 high-need LEAs. The program aims to recruit and train mid-career professionals and recent college graduates with non-education degrees to teach high-need subject areas, including English, foreign language, mathematics, science, and special education. The participant goal is 30 individuals annually, for a total of 120 teachers (no new teachers will begin the program in its fifth year. The goal is supported by four objectives and corresponding outcomes which focus on the accessibility of alternative routes to certification, recruitment and retention of eligible participants, and the preparation of highly-qualified teachers. Project activities include recruitment and retention initiatives, a multimodal instructional component delivered through distance technologies, a two-year mentoring experience, an online platform for candidate interaction with others, the development of an electronic portfolio, and financial incentives.