An urgent message to all interested Virginia educators

We regret to inform you that during this year's state budget negotiations in Richmond, funding for VCET's 2015-2016 academies was eliminated. While we are pursuing other sponsors and revenue sources so that this valuable professional development opportunity can continue, we have not yet secured alternate funding. Unfortunately, this means that the academies will not take place this summer.

We will be keeping all completed 2015 applications on file for future reference if/when VCET is restarted. If you have not completed your application, you are welcome to do so between now and May 31, 2015.

If you would like our state legislature to consider restoring funding for VCET in the 2016-2017 budget year, please feel free to contact your state delegate and senator. If you would like to look up their contact info, here is a link for that:

Again, thank you for your interest in and application to our academies. We do hope to restore this very rewarding experience available to Virginia's K-12 teachers again in the very near future. In the meantime, you can connect with us for program updates online through Facebook or Twitter.

Jeff Davis
Coordinator, Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching (VCET)

Each Academy focuses on a different area:

  • STEM
  • humanities and language arts
  • the fine arts
  • interdisciplinary studies

You’ll spend a week this summer on campus at George Mason University in Fairfax. In the fall, you’ll complete online coursework, and join your Academy colleagues at a one-day conference. Your participation earns you 90 continuing education credits—and again, it’s at no cost to you.

The VCET Academies are the best place to learn, grow, and network with outstanding teachers from across the state. All exceptional teachers should apply. Learn more

Mason alumna and 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year, Melissa Porfirio (MEd ’05) describes how the Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching can enhance your teaching ability, broaden your leadership skills, and expand your knowledge of educational policy making.

Why Apply?

Because this is your chance to:

  • Earn 3 graduate credits at George Mason University—approximately 90 points towards your 180 point requirement to maintain your Virginia teaching license, at no cost to you.
  • Visit with policy makers, educational leaders, and government decision makers and learn how you can impact policy change.
  • Build lasting relationships with other excellent Virginia teachers
  • Become a better teacher and inspired leader, at no cost to you.
   Learn more

Deadlines & Reminders

VCET ’15 application period opens. Begin online application. Invite references to submit online recommendation.
Deadline to Apply. The online application and your references must be complete by March 16.
Applicant Notification. Invitation to attend will be sent.
Decision Deadline. Deadline to accept invitation to attend.
Decision Deadline. Transcripts are due.