BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA) — The Louisiana Department of Education is launching a new “Believe and Prepare” initiative to better prepare the next generation of teachers.
The plan is to give new teacher candidates more in-class experience and mentoring by seasoned educators during the preparation for full-time work.
“Teachers learn best from master teachers, said Superintendent John White. “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.”
A member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Holly Buffy, also added, “As an educator, I know how important it is for aspiring teachers to spend time in the classroom.”
Currently, Louisiana teacher candidates are only required to work in the classroom for an hour a day for one school year.
Studies suggest, however, that programs similar to medical residencies, where candidates spend a significant amount of time in the classroom, are more effective.
Believe and Prepare will provide funding for programs created by schools and districts for innovative educator preparation.
Schools and districts can submit separate or joint applications. The LDOE will accept applications through Feb. 14, 2014. They will ultimately award five grants of up to $150K