A new effort helping rural schools and teachers is underway in Louisiana, with the hope of retaining more teachers.

Soft SkillsNearly $67 million in federal grant funds has been received by the Louisiana Department of Education, for the purpose of improving teacher preparation.  The grant will fund teacher residencies, stipends for undergraduate residents and mentor teacher, and ways to build leadership resources and raise teacher salaries.

“In particular, this grant will help us expand collaborative partnerships between our universities and rural districts, as effective teachers are trained to be mentors and work with our university faculty to support candidates as they teach in full-year residencies,” said Louisiana Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo.

An additional $50,000 for pre-service teachers in rural areas will be dedicated by the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, for creating more preparation opportunities and training for recent graduates and young teachers.

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