Race to the Top: Teacher Quality in Louisiana

In partnership with Louisiana State University, The Rapides and Orchard Foundations as well as nine rural Louisiana parishes, Advanced Learning Partnerships was the lead PD provider for Central Louisiana Academic Residency for Teachers (CART). CART was a $16 million Teacher Quality Partnerships award winner in 2009. This innovative alternative teacher certification program was the only rural residency/lab model funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

ALP co-developed the winning Race to the Top grant for CART and was the primary provider of professional learning throughout the 9 parishes for the 5 year grant implementation cycle.

Teacher residency models are beginning to address the critical need for more intense and job-embedded teacher preparation for early career educators. Urban Teacher Residency United, a network of 20 residency programs, boasts, among other benefits, an average retention rate for their alumni of 85% (as compared to 50% for national average) after 5 years teaching.

Cenla Academic Residency for Teachers (CART) at Louisiana State University is the only U.S. Department of Education funded rural residency program and currently boasts 93% retention for all graduates.

For five consecutive years, ALP instructional coaches provided cutting-edge instructional support to 120 new teacher residents and their mentor teachers in math and science classrooms throughout 9 Louisiana parishes. This level of coaching has and will continue to dramatically improve the instructional capacity within these high-need schools to produce students who enroll in and pass Advanced Placement classes that didn’t exist before the program’s inception.