Strong Connections

Jim Mustian of The Advocate writes about Xavier University and New Schools of New Orleans joining forces in an unprecedented way to develop a program dedicated to educating and preparing college seniors to become public school teachers.  This first of its kind partnership between a charter school and an HBCU will be called the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency and its mission is to diversify the teaching force in New Orleans Public Schools by providing coursework, training, and a pathway to certification.

“I am excited to see an influx of teachers in training who reflect the racial makeup of the public schools in New Orleans and who already have ties to our communities,” Jamar McKneely, chief executive officer of InspireNOLA Charter Schools, said in a statement.
“We will work in tandem with Xavier University to ensure that these teachers have the professional development and support that they need to fall in love with the profession and educate the students of New Orleans for years to come.”

Read more: Xavier partners with charter schools in bid to diversify New Orleans’ teaching force

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