Believe and Prepare

The Louisiana Department of Education believes that Louisiana’s students are capable of mastering even the most rigorous academic content. The Department has acted on this belief by raising academic expectations for students. To help students meet these expectations, Louisiana has also raised the bar for teaching excellence. Louisiana’s students have increased steadily on the LEAP over the past ten years as the graduation rate has increased to 72.3%.  At the same time, though, performance on national assessments like NAEP shows that Louisiana’s students are not improving at the same rate as their peers nationally.

To build on these successes and prepare Louisiana’s graduates to compete nationally, future teachers and leaders must enter Louisiana’s schools prepared to help their students meet these rigorous new expectations. Aspiring educators need more time in schools, learning the craft through extensive practice and mentoring.  Schools must take the lead on this work, coaching and supporting their future educators.

To achieve this goal, the Department has launched Believe and Prepare: Educator Preparation Innovation Grants.

Through Believe and Prepare, the Department provides grants to empower schools and districts to design innovative, classroom- and school-based preparation experiences for aspiring educators.  Experiences should give educators the opportunity to practice their developing skills with real students and draw on the expertise of Louisiana’s best educators.    

Believe and Prepare recipients are:

  • Collegiate Academies in partnership with TNTP
  • Lafourche Parish in partnership with Nicholls State University
  • Lincoln Parish in partnership with Louisiana Tech University  
  • New Orleans College Prep in partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education
  • St. Bernard Parish (applying as a provider of teacher certification)
  • St. Charles Parish in partnership with Southeastern Louisiana University
  • West Feliciana Parish in partnership with Louisiana State University

Click here for more information about each program.


  • Tuesday, December 17: Release of Grants Application

Believe and Prepare In the News

"Teachers are Vital Need"

"Department of Education announces
new Believe and Prepare teacher support grant

"Lincoln Parish gets $120K education grant from state,
will partner with La. Tech

"St. Charles Parish school system and Southeastern
partner for teacher preparation programs