LSU’s School of Education Receives a Louisiana Department of Education Grant for Mentor Training for Year-Long Student Teacher Residencies

February 7, 2018

Baton Rouge, LA -- Louisiana State University’s School of Education (SOE) has been awarded $97,500 from the Louisiana Department of Education for the purpose of supporting the design and implementation of a competency-based teacher preparation program for the 2017/2018 school year. The transition funds support efforts to develop a year-long residency for the teacher candidates in all 27 LSU teacher preparation programs. Funds specifically are set aside to provide mentor training of local educators who serve as school-based classroom mentors. The School of Education is now accepting teachers interested in participating in this training series.

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the transition to a year-long residency in the fall of 2017, and the School of Education began planning how to assist school district partners to work with the year-long residency model. Under the auspices of the LSU Teacher Education Council, the School of Education’s Office of Professional Experiences, and two lead faculty members, Associate Dean Jackie Bach, and Professor Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell developed the design of the transition model for the original grant. They have begun gathering information from LSU program faculty.  There are 27 different teacher preparation programs located in 5 colleges, 7 schools, and 10 departments throughout the LSU Baton Rouge campus that participate in the certification of teachers.

The LSU School of Education’s Mentor Teacher Training begins in March, 2018.  It includes two face-to-face meetings and a four-hour online module tailored to grade configurations and programs. A stipend and CLUs are provided for local school district partner teachers who complete the entire Mentor Training Program. The School of Education is seeking 125 local teachers who are interested in acquiring skills specific to mentoring student teachers within a year-long residency.

Dr. F. Neil Mathews, director of the School of Education commented, “LSU always has been involved in a continuous improvement process for preparing outstanding teachers.  We are proud of our 110-year history of producing certified teachers to serve in the state’s schools.  The nationally accredited School of Education includes among its graduates approximately 500 nationally board-certified teachers during the past few years.”

For more information, local teachers who are interested in participating in the training may contact to reserve a mentor teacher training placement.

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About SOE

The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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