In October 2016, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), with support from the Louisiana Board of Regents (BoR), adopted landmark regulations to expand yearlong residencies and competency-based curricula statewide for teacher preparation programs. By July 2018, all teacher preparation programs in Louisiana were scheduled to include a yearlong residency alongside an expert mentor, and all preparation programs to include a competency-based curriculum that provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills needed in order to be prepared for their first years of teaching.

The residency program designed by Southeastern’s Department of Teaching and Learning was recently highlighted by local television station WYES for its year-long student teaching residency. The documentary focused on the reciprocal relationship between mentors and teacher candidates and also highlighted how the program enhances the overall relationships between the university and school districts.

“The show also focused on how this process will assist with addressing the teacher shortage,” said Department of Teaching and Learning Transition Coordinator Jordan Ahrend.

The program  can be seen at https://www.wyes.org/tv/teaching/.

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