LPSS, UL Lafayette partner for teacher mentoring

The Lafayette Parish School System will partner with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to provide mentoring and residencies to prospective teachers.

On Thursday, the state announced $2.85 million in teacher preparation grants will be awarded to 45 Louisiana school districts, including Lafayette Parish.

“These partnerships will build a statewide corps of over 500 mentor teachers who will work with teachers preparing for certification, grow the number of aspiring teachers in full-year residencies up to 1,000 for the 2016-2017 school year, and increase the number of special education teachers preparing to teach in Louisiana,” state officials said in a news release.

This is the third round of such grants for the preparation program.

Each partnership will receive up to $200,000 for training and mentorship programs. The grants will be in effect from October 2015 to September 2016.

Previous pilot teacher preparation programs have offered aspiring teachers more apprenticeships and residencies, recruited mentor teachers, developed coursework and helped schools meet staffing needs.

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