STATE QUADRUPLES NUMBER OF DISTRICTS TRAINING TEACHER CANDIDATES ON THE JOB

Apr 10, 2015

26 Receive $1 Million in Believe and Prepare Funds to Develop Partnerships with Preparation Programs

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Education today announced 26 recipients for the second cohort of Believe and Prepare Educator Preparation grants, adding to seven recipients already implementing innovative models for teacher training. Grants totaling more than $1 million will be awarded to Louisiana school systems partnering with educator preparation programs to prepare aspiring educators through a yearlong apprenticeship or residency, with $910,000 going to programs that will be operational this year and $120,000 going to programs in a development phase. This second cohort of grant recipients will operate April 2015 through June 2016.

“Treating teachers as professionals starts with how we prepare them for their careers,” said State Superintendent John White. “School systems and colleges can partner to ensure every teacher candidate is mentored by our state’s finest educators. This is common sense, and I am thrilled so many school systems are taking this important step forward.”

In the first year of Believe and Prepare, seven pilots prepared teachers through residencies or apprenticeships in public schools, under the tutelage of master educators. These pilots developed and tested several innovative methods for recruiting and preparing teachers. The seven pilots from Cohort 1 will be awarded grants up to $50,000 each to continue their work in 2015-2016.

Cohort 2 pilots will build on Cohort 1’s most promising practices, using Believe and Prepare funds to improve recruitment tactics, develop practice-based coursework, expand the role of school leaders in preparation, and identify and train highly effective mentor teachers to support candidates’ growth. Some Cohort 2 pilots will begin admitting candidates this year as part of a Community of Practice. Other pilots will use this year as a planning year as part of a Community of Development. Both Cohorts 1 and 2 will collaborate to exchange ideas and develop tools and resources based on the programs’ most promising practices. These practices will be used to shape potential shifts in educator preparation and certification policy.

"We are excited to be able to implement the Teach Ascension Academy in the upcoming school year in order to certify high quality college graduates who have a strong desire to become teachers,” said Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrice Pujol. “Our decision to become a certification provider is motivated by our desire to more deeply develop pre-service teachers’ understanding of the System for Student and Teacher Advancement (TAP).”

“New Orleans College Prep is excited to grow our partnership with Relay Graduation School of Education to launch a new teacher residency program,” said Ben Kleban, CEO of New Orleans College Preparatory Academies. “We’re excited to work with our colleagues at FirstLine and KIPP New Orleans, share best practices, and collaborate together to maximize our collective impact on student achievement.”

“The opportunity to train high-capacity individuals by utilizing best practices from our TAP model of professional development holds great hope for strengthening the overall caliber of our instructional workforce,” said Dr. Cade Brumley, Superintendent of DeSoto Parish Schools.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will consider approval of the allocations during its meeting on April 14-15. Each school system will receive an allocation ranging from $10,000 to $135,000 funded through 8(g) and Race to the Top funds. Allocations are based on stage of development and size of the program. Grantees in the Community of Practice will receive larger grants to launch their program this year, while grantees in the Community of Development will receive $10,000 each to support planning activities.

Believe and Prepare recipients in the Community of Practice Program, starting in 2015-2016, include:​

District/LEA

Partner

Allocation

Algiers Charter School Association

TNTP

$50,000

Ascension Parish

N/A

$65,000

Caddo Parish

N/A

$40,000

Crescent City Schools

Relay Graduate School of Education

$40,000

Cypress Academy

Vanderbilt University

$40,000

DeSoto Parish

Northwestern State University

$55,000

FirstLine Schools/KIPP New Orleans Schools/New Orleans College Prep

Relay Graduate School of Education

$135,000

Lusher Charter School

Tulane University

$40,000

Orleans Parish

Xavier University and Nunez Community College

$65,000

Ouachita & Union Parishes

Louisiana Tech University

$135,000

Rapides Parish

LSU-Alexandria

$70,000

St. Landry

LSU-Eunice

$50,000

Terrebonne Parish

Nicholls State University

$55,000

West Baton Rouge Parish

LSU

$70,000


Believe and Prepare recipients in the Community of Development Program, include:

District/LEA

Partner

ARISE Schools of New Orleans

TNTP & Match Education

Bossier Parish

LSU-Shreveport

Calcasieu Parish

McNeese State University

Celerity Schools

University of New Orleans

East Baton Rouge Parish

LSU Cain Center

Louisiana School for the Deaf 

N/A

Morehouse and Richland Parishes

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Plaquemines Parish

Our Lady of Holy Cross College and School Leadership Center

Rapides Parish

Louisiana College

Sabine Parish

N/A

St. John the Baptist

N/A

St. Martin Parish

N/A

Tangipahoa Parish

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For more information on Believe and Prepare, please click here.

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