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Supporting Early Career and Aspiring Teachers

REL Southwest is partnering with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to support the recruitment, preparation, and retention of new teachers. The Supporting Early Career and Aspiring Teachers (SECAT) partnership will examine how the New Teacher Experience, a comprehensive induction program from the LDOE, and other recruitment, preparation, and retention programs address the state’s goal to recruit, support, and retain early career teachers. This partnership seeks to support LDOE and other state and local education agency partners to use evidence to improve existing programs for aspiring and early career teachers. Planned activities include evaluation coaching, data reflection coaching, and studying program outcomes.

Partner organization: Louisiana Department of Education

Current Projects

REL Southwest is providing coaching to Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) staff on best practices in formative program evaluation, with a focus on evaluating LDOE’s comprehensive induction program, the New Teacher Experience. LDOE requested REL Southwest support in four key areas of program evaluation: refining the survey questions for teacher and mentor participants, supporting focus group protocol creation and administration, developing an implementation rubric that details district-level program fidelity, and identifying administrative data elements that participating districts collect, which can be used for a future study on New Teacher Experience outcomes.

No completed projects at this time.

Event Type: In-person Event | Event Date: May 30, 2024
Conference session | 10:30 a.m. (Central Time) Location: 2024 Teacher Leader Summit, New Orleans, Louisiana Experts from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest and the Louisiana Department of Education will begin the session with a brief...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: April 12, 2024
In this Q&A, two REL Southwest Governing Board members from Louisiana, Dr. Kelli Joseph, superintendent of St. Helena Parish School System, and Dr. Don Schillinger, dean of Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education and Human Sciences, discuss...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 08, 2024
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. Central Time Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana In this REL Southwest training session, Louisiana Department of Education staff learned about using rubrics and their benefits to evaluate the New Teacher Experience (NTE), a comprehensive...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: December 07, 2023
Time: 12:00–1:30 p.m. Central Time Location: Virtual (Zoom) In this REL Southwest training session, Louisiana Department of Education staff learned best practices for focus groups to evaluate the New Teacher Experience (NTE), a comprehensive induction...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: September 20, 2023
Time: 9:30–11:00 a.m. Central Time Location: Virtual (Zoom) In this REL Southwest training session, education leaders learned best practices for developing effective feedback surveys to evaluate the New Teacher Experience (NTE), a comprehensive induction...
Product Type: Video | Publication Date: September 2023
Without adequate induction supports and opportunities to build strong relationships with students, peers, and school leaders, new teachers can end up leaving the profession. This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest video introduces Louisianas...
Product Type: Infographic | Publication Date: August 2023
Understanding evidence-based strategies for supporting new teachers can help school and district leaders identify programs that nurture the newest members of their team and help keep them in the profession. Louisiana's New Teacher Experience, a comprehensive...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: May 23, 2023
This blog post introduces the Supporting Early Career and Aspiring Teachers partnership, which REL Southwest and the Louisiana Department of Education formed to support the recruitment and retention of new teachers and strengthen the state’s capacity...
Product Type: Fact Sheet | Publication Date: April 2023
REL Southwest partners with educators and decisionmakers in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to support the use of evidence and data to improve student learning. In particular, REL Southwest seeks to address priorities related to the...
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Helping Texas educators provide high-quality advising and counseling that prepares students for postsecondary success and meets the state’s workforce needs.
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Helping Louisiana educators nurture and sustain aspiring and early career teachers to build a more diverse and supported teacher workforce.
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Helping New Mexico educators deliver high-quality literacy instruction that supports all students, including English learner students, in developing stronger literacy and writing skills.
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Helping Texas state and local education agencies develop a comprehensive toolkit to support grade 6–8 educators and administrators in addressing gaps in reading achievement exacerbated by the pandemic.
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Helping Oklahoma early childhood educators deliver research-based early learning practices that improve student outcomes.
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Helping Arkansas educators implement and evaluate high-quality interventions and initiatives that strengthen students’ college and career readiness.

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