DPS Teachers Selected for Master's Program in Reading!

DPS Teachers Selected for Master's Program in Reading!
DPS Teachers Selected for Master's Program in Reading! Danville Public Schools (DPS) 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, who require a
Master’s Degree in Reading. 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 (57) 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. “We are grateful to the Averett leadership team for their support and partnership, and we are indeed excited to offer this program to our teachers.”

The cost of tuition for the program is partially funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
DPS pays the remaining cost of tuition. Participants must sign an agreement with DPS, stating that all tuition
payments are subject to available funds as approved by the Danville School Board; tuition payments are made
directly to Averett University; the participant agrees to remain with DPS as an employee for a minimum of three
years after the degree has been conferred; and failure to comply will result in the discontinuation of tuition
assistance and/or the reimbursement of funds to DPS.

“Reading is a foundational skill that all children must master as they should be reading on grade level by third grade to facilitate the transition from learning to read to reading to learn,” said Dr. Sue Davis, chair of Averett’s Department of Education and director of Teacher Education. “Averett University is ready to serve our school division partners with training and graduate work in this critical subject.”

The following teachers were selected to participate in this program, which began in late August:

About Averett University
Since 1859, Averett University has grown and developed into a dynamic institution that serves students of all
ages, offering more than 30 undergraduate majors, minors and special programs, along with five graduate
programs with a number of concentrations. Dedicated to preparing students to serve and lead as catalysts for
positive change, the University’s historic main campus is embedded in the heart of Southern Virginia with
regional campuses throughout Virginia and online. Averett enrolls a diverse student body, and boasts an
alumni network that spans the globe.