March 3, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Supplemental Data Collection – Career Switcher Mentors

This correspondence is a follow-up to Superintendent’s Memorandum 251-16, dated September 30, 2016, regarding funding to support mentors for new teachers.  Limited funds may be available to support mentors for new teachers who hold an active Provisional Career Switcher License, are enrolled in the Career Switcher Program, and were employed after the fall consolidated data collection.  Funding is contingent on the availability of funds for fiscal year 2017. 

If your school board has employed new full-time contracted teachers in the Career Switcher Program since the fall 2016 consolidated data collection who have completed Level I of the Career Switcher Program, have zero years of teaching experience, and are completing Level II of their program during 2016-2017, you may request mentor funding.  Please submit the names of the new teachers through the New Teachers Program Data Collection (NTPDC) application, accessible from the Department of Education’s Single Sign-on for Web System (SSWS) portal.    Each school division has an SSWS account manager who can provide the designated program coordinator access to this application.  Instructions for entering and submitting the data are available online as part of the SSWS-New Teachers Program Data Collection (NTPDC) application.

Once you have completed and verified your data submission, please fax the signed affidavit page to Ms. Eleanor Joyce, licensure specialist, at (804) 530-4510, no later than March 17, 2017. Limited funds are available only for mentoring support for new teachers in the Career Switcher Program employed after the fall data collection and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions regarding this supplemental data collection, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Eleanor Joyce via e-mail at or by phone at (804) 371-2471.


c:  School Division Human Resource and Licensure Contacts