Xavier, Loyola, education nonprofits get $13M from U.S. Dept. of Education to train teachers

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:43:11 PM. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $13 million to six New Orleans universities and nonprofit groups to recruit and train nearly 900 teachers by 2020.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded nearly $13 million to six New Orleans universities and nonprofit groups to recruit and train nearly 900 teachers by 2020. The money will go to Xavier and Loyola universities and the local nonprofits Teach for America Greater New Orleans, teachNOLA, Relay Graduate School of Education and New Schools for New Orleans, officials said Monday. Patrick Dobard, the CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, said the grant is "critical" to address the city's teacher supply and training gaps. He said the city needs to hire between 700 and 800 teachers every year to make up for teacher attrition and rising enrollment. "We’ve got to solve these challenges if we’re going to become a system that we envision, a system where every child deserves and will have the right to have a quality education," Dobard said. Renee Akbar, the chairwoman of Xavier's Division of Education and Counseling, said each organization will use its share of the money to expand existing teacher training programs. The goal, officials said, is to recruit more teachers from New Orleans and more teachers of color and to improve local teachers' "cultural competency."   Officials said the grants for individual programs were based on how much money each organization is planning to match. Xavier, which is taking the lead on organizing the initiative, will receive $3 million to put toward the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency, a partnership between Xavier and New Orleans charter school...Read more
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