Thanks to a partnership with Southeastern Louisiana University's Teacher Residency Program, fourteen (14) SLU students are participating in the year-long pilot program at five STPPS schools.
The Teacher Residency Program aims to support and develop new teachers as a means of improving teacher quality.
Prior to this pilot program, student teaching was only a one-semester experience. Now the new partnership with SLU gives student teachers a full year of experience.
Sixteen district teachers serve as mentors to the teacher candidates and they represent five STPPS schools: Abita Springs Elementary, Lake Harbor Middle, Lancaster Elementary, Madisonville Elementary and Mandeville Middle.
Mentor teachers from the district are paired with teacher candidates from SLU in a co-teaching model. This model is designed so teacher candidates can master core teaching skills and turn these classroom experiences into action.
Mentor teachers were selected through an application and interview process. As a part of this process, they committed to attending on-going mentor teacher training which began in June 2017. The three-day training this past summer focused on evaluation tools used by SLU to provide feedback and support to teacher candidates.
STPPS adheres to the equal opportunity provisions of federal and civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.