The Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium

Clinical Faculty Partnership

The Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium, formerly SWVA Clinical Faculty Consortium, was developed in 1998 to formalize the collaboration between PK-12 local education agencies (LEAs) in the New River and Roanoke Valleys and the regional institutions of higher education (IHEs). The purpose of the consortium is to develop strong partnerships between the institutions, schools, and school divisions and to enhance preparation and continuing teacher education. The project is funded by the Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the higher education partner institution.

Consortium Goals

  1. Develop and nuture a cadre of teacher leaders who are exemplary models of effective teaching and strong clinical faculty / mentors for pre-service and beginning teachers.
  2. Work collaboratively to create a community of inquiry that promotes life-long learning for all members of the professional education community and supportive environments for the preparation and induction of new teachers into the school community.
  3. Facilitate greater cooperation and communication among consortium members.
  4. Support school/university assessment and research-based initiatives that promote student learning and lead to higher retention of teachers.


The Clinical Faculty Partnership Memorandum of Understanding outlines the roles and responsibilities of the SWVA Professional Education Consortium participants.


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