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BESE expands full year classroom residency for teachers

Oct 12, 2016

Proposal includes comprehensive funding package to support teacher preparation programs

BATON ROUGE, LA- The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary (BESE) adopted landmark regulations concerning the preparation of aspiring teachers. As experienced by other states across the country, Louisiana's schools have significant staffing shortages and struggle to retain high performing teachers. These regulations were designed to provide teacher candidates with a full-year classroom residency alongside an experienced mentor teacher, coupled with a competency-based curriculum that will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed for their first day of teaching.

"With our 2025 plan, we are raising our expectations for Louisiana's K-12 students. That makes it even more important that our new teachers enter the classroom well prepared on day one," said Jim Garvey, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) president.

"We are ending the concern that some parents have about being assigned a first year teacher, because now our new teachers will start their careers as second year teachers."

"I applaud Louisiana for adopting new teacher preparation standards that will support all teachers and help ensure they are prepared to lead their classrooms," said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. "I saw the impact of this teacher residency model during my recent visit to the state for the Opportunity Across America bus tour, and residencies are among the effective programs we support as part of our new federal teacher preparation regulations."

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