In 2018 The Orchard Foundation was 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 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.