NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s School of Education hosted a School District Showcase for aspiring resident teachers (formerly called student teachers) Wednesday. Caddo, Grant, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, DeSoto and Webster school districts were represented.
Students who participated in the School District Showcase are junior-level teacher candidates who will be resident teachers next academic year. As of July 2018, the Louisiana Department of Education requires all teacher candidates to spend one year in the classroom working under a mentor teacher.
“The participating school districts are talking to the candidates about support systems they have in place for resident teachers,” said Ramona Wynder, interim director of clinical experiences. “Many have trained mentors and content leaders in their schools and provide high-quality professional development. Some also offer financial incentives, which is important because during residency it is difficult for resident teachers to maintain outside employment.”
Participating school districts met with students at 20-minute intervals, allowing candidates plenty of time to visit each district. Each district prepared a short presentation and included time to address questions.
“When teacher candidates apply for residency, they can choose a school district in which they would like to be placed. The showcase is providing them the information they need to make an informed decision about their placements,” Wynder explained.
Wynder said she plans to host the event every semester and expand it to include more districts in the future.
For more information, contact Wynder at firstname.lastname@example.org.