Danville Public Schools is collaborating with Averett University to provide a Master’s Degree in Reading Program. This program is based on the Division’s need for additional Title 1 Reading Specialists. Federal Title 1 funds are allocated to schools and districts with the aim of improving educational opportunities for all children. These funds are an important source of support and they positively affect literacy instruction within the school division.
Averett University’s Reading Master’s Program will be delivered via classroom instruction, as well as, online courses, with a flexible time frame based on college coursework the individual teacher has already completed. Fifty-seven DPS teachers expressed interest in the program. Of those 57, 15 teachers plus alternates were selected by lottery to participate, several of whom are Averett alumni.
“Once the teacher completes the Master’s Degree in Reading program, he or she will qualify to have another endorsement, that of Reading Specialist, added to his or her Virginia teaching license. Teachers with this endorsement are particularly qualified to work with students, through the Federal Title 1 program, to improve reading,” stated Dr. Juliet Jennings, Chief Human Resources Officer for Danville Public Schools.
The tuition will partially be funded by the Virginia Department of Education. DPS pays the remaining tuition. The teachers were selected to participate in this program earlier in the year and they began taking courses late August for the 2018 fall semester.