LA Dept. of Education gives Rapides Parish Schools teacher preparation program state-wide award

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley has named a Rapides Parish Schools program as one of Louisiana’s Models of Excellence.

The Louisiana Pre-Educator Pathway is offered to juniors and seniors in four high schools in Rapides Parish Schools who are interested in becoming teachers to earn dual credits with Louisiana State University at Alexandria.

“The Pre-Educator Pathway immerses students into meaningful field and clinical experiences, allowing them to begin learning how to become high-quality educators,” Brumley said. “I am so proud of Rapides Parish’s strong commitment to growing the next generation of Louisiana teachers.”

Students who earn the dual enrollment credit will graduate high school with enough credentials and micro-credentials to begin working as paraprofessionals. 

“We are excited about the work Mrs. Schopper and her team are doing to help build a pipeline of future teachers with the Pre-Educator Pathway Program,” Rapides Parish Schools Superintendent Jeff Powell said. “Their work will be instrumental in ensuring we have great, qualified educators for positions in Rapides Parish.”

Students were introduced to the program in September by Powell, grant writers, curriculum specialists, and human resource representatives. Courses were designed for recruiting and preparing future educators, but learning is available for students interested in public service.

Rapides Parish Schools has a vision for growing the program by appointing a coordinator to implement and serve as a point of contact, and training was provided for all of the teacher leaders. By focusing on collaboration between teachers and system personnel along with building a positive partnership with LSUA, the school system expects the program to grow in size.

“We are very thankful to our higher education partners for their support in creating a pathway that allows high school students to graduate prepared and complete their goal of becoming an educator in Rapides Parish,” Powell said.

Louisiana’s Model of Excellence award honors schools that prioritize and lead students to success.

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