The Department of Education on Wednesday announced a plan to allow public school teachers to mentor students who are studying to become educators. The program, called Believe and Prepare, will accept applications from local school districts to be part of the program and develop innovative approaches to preparing teachers.
"Teachers learn best from master teachers," state Superintendent John White said in a statement. "Through innovative programs developed by educators, we can better prepare our newest teachers for the challenges of the classroom while honoring the prestige of our profession."
The state will award five grants to districts of up to $150,000 each. The application deadline is Feb. 14, 2014.
The program would allow students studying to become teachers to spend time being mentored by real teachers in the public school system. The initiative came from the fact that teacher candidates in Louisiana are only required to have an hour a day of in-the-classroom time before they can become certified. Districts selected will be allowed to submit plans for how they will partner with educator programs to co-design courses and offer mentoring.