CLIP applications being accepted

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Applications are being accepted for the Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership program. CLIP is a teacher residency program focusing on developing middle school Math and Science teachers in high-need schools in Central Louisiana. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 1, with the program slated to begin in summer 2019.

To qualify, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree, must not have a teacher certification, and must meet Northwestern State University’s Master of Teaching graduate school requirements. To apply for CLIP, interested persons should complete and submit the CLIP application, release form, essay and a current resume. Application should also be made to NSU’s graduate school. Application forms and more details can be found at www.theorchardfoundation.org. Complete CLIP program requirements will be reviewed during the applicant interview process.

Applicants selected for the CLIP program will complete a 15-month accelerated graduate program of study culminating in a Master of Arts in teaching degree from Northwestern State University and a professional teaching certification. CLIP residents will receive a stipend to cover the expense of tuition, as well as an annual stipend of $36,000 during their residency.

While completing their graduate coursework, CLIP residents will be immersed in an academic year school-based residency in a high-need school identified by the nine partner public school districts. CLIP residents will experience a variety of learning opportunities alongside a trained and experienced mentor teacher. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be placed in CLIP-participating schools and will receive two years of induction support with sustained coaching and professional development. CLIP graduates are required to teach in a Central Louisiana high-need school for at least three years following graduation as part of the CLIP agreement.

The Orchard Foundation, a nonprofit local education fund and the education arm of The Rapides Foundation, will serve as the lead organization for CLIP. Project Partners include: the nine Central Louisiana School Districts of Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Winn; NSU’s Gallaspy College of Education & Human Development and College of Business & Technology-Computer Information Systems; Urban Learning & Leadership Center; EvalWorks; and The Rapides Foundation. CLIP is funded through a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership grant program.

For more information, contact CLIP Field Coordinator Jennifer Cowley at 318-767-3017.

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