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Southwest Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Research Partnership

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Louisiana, like many states, faces significant challenges ensuring qualified teachers for all subjects, particularly in schools serving the highest concentrations of low-income households. To address this challenge, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has launched Believe and Prepare, a statewide teacher residency program. REL Southwest is working with LDOE and other partners to provide research-based evidence on the program.


  • Examine the Louisiana Believe and Prepare program’s relationship to teacher outcomes, such as teacher retention, mobility, and effectiveness.
  • Support the continuous improvement of the Believe and Prepare program’s implementation.


Robyn Madison-Harris, Partnership Facilitator Shannon Lasserre-Cortez, Partnership Research Lead Andrew Wayne, Partnership Senior Advisor
Partnership Facilitator Partnership Research Lead Partnership Senior Advisor
Robyn Madison-Harris Shannon Lasserre-Cortez Andrew Wayne


  • Robert Markle, Director of Program Approval, Teacher Preparation, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Hannah Dietsch, Assistant Superintendent of Educator Workforce Talent, Louisiana Department of Education
  • James Madden, Professor of Mathematics, Louisiana State University
  • Peter Sheppard, Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Sara Strickland, Director of Educator Preparation Policy, Louisiana Department of Education

Training, Coaching, and Technical Support Projects

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Applied Research Studies

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