A school district will fund teacher mentor training and provide stipends for undergraduates majoring in elementary education who will complete a clinical residency program without grant support.
Monroe City Schools in Louisiana is using its own money to fund the mentorships, and is the first district in the state to do so. They have begun to train the mentor teachers, who are learning how to assist the college students who will assist them next year.
The clinical residents at Louisiana Tech will arrive in August at their assigned schools, and co teach with their mentors from August through May. They will complete over 1,000 clinical hours.
“It is an exciting time to be part of the transformation of how we prepare teachers. This certainly brings prestige to our profession and aligns us with leading universities in the nation that are moving away from traditional student teaching to the residency program,” said Amy Vessel, Director of the Clinical Residency Research Center.