As the country continues to grapple with an ongoing teacher shortage exacerbated by the pandemic, $10 million is headed to New Orleans to help expand recruitment efforts and grow the teacher pipeline for schools in the city, writes Marie Fazio of The Advocate New Orleans.
The funds will be used to recruit and certify teachers, with the goal of placing 552 of them in underserved schools by 2025, according to a news release from Tulane, the lead recipient of the grant. Tulane, Xavier University of Louisiana’s Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency, Reach University and The New Teacher Project’s (TNTP) teach NOLA will partner to train and certify the new teachers. The funding will also put 200 high schoolers into classrooms to begin their education journeys, said Alex Jarrell, chief innovation officer of New Schools for New Orleans.
In part of the Dept. of Education's initiatives to tackle our nation's teacher shortage, the Tulane-led Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) funding is one of two SEED grants in which Reach is a recipient. Reach, in partnership with the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) and New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR), also received a $6.9 million grant to expand its job-embedded teacher degree apprenticeships throughout Baton Rouge.
SEED funding was announced on the heels of the Department's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program, which funded Reach and TNTP $8.7 million to expand its teacher degree apprenticeships throughout Arkansas' highest-need communities.
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