The Curry Teaching Fellowship is a partnership between Frederick County Public Schools, Goochland County Public Schools, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and the UVA Curry Teacher Education Program to better align critical school needs with teacher training. The major intent of the Fellowship is to identify and support potential teaching candidates in much needed subjects (e.g. special education, elementary education, math) from teacher training into their first year of employment by:
• Sharing recruitment, application, and fieldwork oversight between school division and Curry personnel;
• Continued formal mentoring and success measurement of alumni by the division and Curry through the first year of employment; and
• Enhancing the financial support for candidates during their final year in the Curry program.
As an innovative model for bridging the gap between university teacher training and public schools, this Fellowship will respond to Virginia’s teaching shortages and diversify the teaching profession.