Starting in January and continuing for the next five years, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University will lead the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium, which will oversee research, write grants and give advice on state education policies.
"This innovative and pioneering consortium will serve as a hub for research on teacher preparation methods and policies,” said John White, state superintendent of education.
Both universities were awarded a $25,000 grant by the state’s Department of Education to lead the program. UL Lafayette and LSU were selected after being reviewed by a committee consisting of representatives from the Department of Education, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Association for Career and Technical Education.
Joseph C. Rallo, Ph.D., state commissioner of higher education, said he looks forward to working with the consortium to continue the state’s leadership role in teacher preparation and guaranteeing that students are successful.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education instructed The Louisiana Educator Research Consortium to be established in October 2017 to help direct teacher preparation research.
The consortium will provide “a scholarly premise to policies associated with preparation of teachers,” said Peter Sheppard, Ph.D., head of UL Lafayette’s department of educational curriculum and instruction.
The UL Lafayette College of Education is also planning to relaunch a laboratory school once property and state legislative approval are secured. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors has already approved the concept.
The lab school, which has yet to be named, will educate its students using model teaching methods and a “learning by doing” curriculum. UL Lafayette students will be able to gain teaching experience and the research that is conducted at the lab will be shared throughout the school district.