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Enewsletter   |  April 2021

April 15:  Supporting, Retaining New Educators of Color

Network Meeting:  The REACH VIRGINIA spring network meeting on April 15 will be keynoted by Dr. LaRon Scott (above) who will share his work about recruiting and retaining teachers of color. Dr. Scott is the executive director of the Minority Educator Recruitment, Retention and Equity Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. This meeting is open to a larger audience, so feel free to invite colleagues to join you.  Please RSVP (if you haven't already done so) by clicking  below.

RSVP NOW, April 15 Network Meeting >

ZOOM LINK, April 15 Network Meeting  >  
Meeting ID: 945 902 1344. Passcode: pwcs


Last month's REACH OUT featured a discussion of "Spheres of Control."  Contributor Jackie Bell (Fairfax) shared the work she and others in her division have developed to support mentor and new teacher resilience. A recording of this session, hosted by Blaire Conner (Fauquier), along with the slide deck and a related article are now available on our website. Click here:  REACH VIRGINIA LEARNING LIBRARY


Meeting ID: 598 050 6948. Passcode: 0pWSr0
TIN Facilitators: Survey Links To Be Sent April 14

On April 14, Network Facilitators (one from each school division) will receive an email with links to the Mentor/Mentee Surveys. These surveys will collect feedback to help you and our network establish a baseline to determine where we are in developing high quality mentor programs.  Here are some reminders:
  • The 2020-21 school year begins our network shift to focus data collection exclusively on the impact of our mentoring programs.  
  • This spring, each school division will survey two groups:
    • First-year teachers
    • Mentors of first year teachers
  • Links to both surveys will be sent to each school division facilitator by April 14, 2021.
  • Surveys will remain open until May 24, 2021.
  • Surveys are NOT intended to evaluate individual mentors or teachers. Instead, data collected are intended as a guide to develop your mentoring program going forward.
  • Arroyo Research Services will synthesize and analyze each division's data and provide you with a comprehensive status report with recommendations. 
  • Questions or concerns? Please email Louise Porter:

Desiree Tickle

REACH VIRGINIA Network Facilitator
Manassas Park City Schools
Assistant Principal, Manassas Park Middle School

Wishing Desiree The Best!

Desiree Tickle has been selected as principal of Cougar Elementary School in Manassas Park City Schools, effective the end of this school year. In 2001, Desiree started at Cougar as a third-grade teacher, then focused her efforts on special education, and eventually was chosen as assistant principal.

She currently serves as the assistant principal at Manassas Park Middle School, and she oversees professional development for mentors and zero experience teachers.

Desiree has been one of our Network Facilitators for the past three years.

Thank you for your service to the Network. Reach Virginia wishes you every success in your new position at Cougar Elementary.

TIN Advisory Board
Annie Dipert, Fairfax County.  Blaire Conner, Fauquier County. Katy Keegan, Manassas City. Jeri Swogger, Frederick County. Donna Wilder, Prince William County.

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