Delegate Bell Urges Teachers to Apply to Teachers' Cabinet

Staunton, Virginia-   Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton), a retired special education   teacher, encourages teachers to apply for the newly created Governor's   Teacher Cabinet.  The Cabinet,   comprised of teachers from across the Commonwealth, will advise the Governor   and Secretary of Education on policies related to the status of teaching in   Virginia.

 The Cabinet will focus on strategies for   enhancing teacher quality, leadership, and professionalism for 21st Century   learning, and will provide an annual report to the Governor on the   "State of Teaching in Virginia."

  “I believe   that the Teacher’s Cabinet will help ensure that the voices from the   classroom level do not get lost as we implement some of the most   comprehensive educational reform in decades.” Said Delegate Bell. “Teachers   are more than qualified to offer advice on ways to improve our educational   system, as they serve on the front lines every day. I am confident that their   advice will prove to be invaluable as we continue to work to assure that   every child in Virginia receives a top-tier education.”

 The Executive Order signed on May 1st this year   created the Teacher's Cabinet as just one of the ALL STUDENTS Agenda items.   The K-12 Education Reform Agenda included more than 39 bills, budget amendments,   and Executive Orders. Several key pieces of legislation passed that recognize   and reward excellent teachers by placing a high priority on innovation,   flexibility, and accountability in our classrooms.

 Bell stated he was "very pleased” to be the   Chief Patron for a key piece of the ALL STUDENTS agenda.  House Bill 2151 will implement a series of   changes designed to streamline the teacher evaluation process in   Virginia.  The legislation also   included a 2% pay raise for teachers.

Teachers can apply for the Teacher Cabinet online   by May 15. Applications are online at  Teachers must also submit two letters of   recommendation, one from an administrator and one from a student or parent.   When using the online form, teachers should select 'Designated' under   secretariat heading and then 'Governor's Teacher Cabinet' under boards and   commissions.

 Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes parts of Nelson and Augusta Counties, Highland County, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

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