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Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership

Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership

The Orchard Foundation has been awarded a $4.5 million grant by the U.S. Department of Education to recruit, train, support and retain math and science teachers in high-needs middle schools in the nine-parish area served by The Orchard Foundation. The Central Louisiana Instructional Partnership, or CLIP, will be implemented over a five-year period by The Orchard Foundation and CLIP Project Partners.

The goal of the CLIP project is to improve student achievement in nine rural, high-needs school districts in Central Louisiana by preparing highly qualified educators to teach in the critical shortage areas of science and math. CLIP will be implemented through an innovative teacher residency program with integrated professional development and induction support. 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-needs 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-needs 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 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Quality Partnership grant program.

CLIP Incentives:

CLIP is a teacher residency program focusing on developing middle school math and science teachers in high-needs schools in Central Louisiana. Applicants selected to participate as a CLIP resident will:

  • Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Northwestern State University.
  • Earn a Teacher Certification.
  • Participate in a 15-month accelerated graduate program.
  • Be immersed in a school-based residency program.
  • Receive a $36,000 annual stipend.
  • Receive an additional stipend to cover tuition expense.

How to Apply for CLIP

CLIP Qualifications:
  • Must have a bachelor's degree
  • Must NOT have a teacher certification
  • Must apply and be accepted to NSU graduate school. Please visit https://education.nsula.edu for a complete list of the M.A.T. requirements and how to apply.

To apply for CLIP, complete and submit the CLIP application, essay, and release form to Jennifer Cowley, CLIP Field Coordinator. Forms and instructions are available for download by clicking the buttons below. Application should also be made to NSU's graduate school. Applicant interviews will be scheduled in May 2020, with the program slated to begin in June 2020. 

Application documents should be submitted to:
Jennifer Cowley, CLIP Field Coordinator
Email: jennifer@theorchardfoundation.org
Direct line: 318-767-3017
Mail or hand deliver before March 30, 2020 to: The Orchard Foundation, Attn: CLIP Program, 1101 Fourth Street, Suite 101-C, Alexandria, La. 71301

DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 30, 2020

Click the buttons below to download the CLIP applications forms.

CLIP Application 2020

Essay prompt and rubric 2020

CLIP Release Form 2020

2020 CLIP Informational Flyer

Want to learn more?

Contact The Orchard Foundation
Jennifer Cowley, CLIP Field Coordinator
jennifer@theorchardfoundation.org
318-767-3017

Click the link below for Frequently Asked Questions

 

CLIP Teacher Residency Program 

Click on the plus sign to see details about the CLIP Teacher Residency Program.


Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Certification

Applicants selected for the CLIP program will complete a 15-month accelerated program of study culminating in a Master of Arts (M.A.T.) in teaching degree from Northwestern State University and a professional teaching certification. Visit the NSU graduate school website to view their admission requirements and apply at https://education.nsula.edu.

Accelerated 15-Month Graduate Program

  • June 2020 through August 2021
  • Includes a residency in an assigned school
  • Hybrid format - online and face-to-face monthly meetings
  • Learn best practices and how to apply technology in the classroom 

Paid Tuition

CLIP residents will receive stipends to cover the expense of tuition. 

Annual Stipend

CLIP residents will receive an annual stipend of $36,000 during their residency.

Induction Support

CLIP residents will receive support from a coach during the first two years of teaching.

Retention

CLIP graduates are required to teach in Central Louisiana high-needs schools for at least three years as part of the CLIP agreement.

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