Louisiana's pilot programs to prep aspiring teachers

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced the recipients of awards for the Believe and Prepare pilots, whereby schools and colleges work together to design preparation programs that provide students studying to be teachers with more time in the classroom, learning from seasoned educators. The proposals will inform future approaches the state will take to teacher training and development prior to candidates entering the classroom as full-time employees.

“Aspiring educators need more time in schools teaching our kids, learning the craft through extensive practice and mentoring,” said State Superintendent John White. “What’s more, graduates should be able to demonstrate a positive impact on student achievement before entering the classroom as professional educators.”

Seven pilot programs will each receive $120,000 to create full-year residencies or apprenticeships for aspiring teachers and may partner with existing teacher preparation programs to redesign theory-based academic coursework into school-based, practice-oriented coursework. Through the Believe and Prepare grant, schools, districts, and preparation programs will have the opportunity to use the state’s best schools as classrooms to prepare future educators, giving them the opportunity to practice their skills with real students. Pilots will also draw on the expertise of Louisiana’s best teachers to ensure future educators develop the skills they need to be successful.

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