STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2019) — The House of Representatives on Monday voted unanimously in favor of State Rep. Dale DeVon’s (R-Granger) proposal that would provide critical support to aspiring educators.
DeVon’s legislation would establish a teacher residency grant pilot program to provide a unique opportunity for college students who are pursuing a teaching degree to receive training from an experienced educator. DeVon said the program would give students critical training and provide them with a stipend.
“Many promising educators have said a primary reason for leaving the profession is a lack of support,” DeVon said. “The teacher residency grant program would help our future teachers by providing strong training, guidance and meaningful experiences they need to lead a classroom.”
Similar to a traditional student teaching program, a teacher residency would pair aspiring educators with veteran teachers for more rigorous in-depth training. DeVon said this program would provide funding to students and veteran teachers that participate, as well as, schools that partner with approved postsecondary educational institutions to establish and implement the training.
According to DeVon, the first year of teaching is particularly difficult, with more than 1 in 10 new teachers quitting within their first year. Recent studies have shown that new teachers are better prepared and more likely to remain in the classroom when they receive training from highly effective educators.
“We are looking to implement the best methods to set new teachers up for success in the classroom,” DeVon said. “There is consistent research on the impact of teacher residencies demonstrating that participants are likely to remain in the profession longer than their peers.”
According to DeVon, his legislation will benefit both students and teachers participating in the program.
“This additional support for current and aspiring teachers would improve Indiana’s already strong education system and incentivize talented students to pursue a career in teaching,” DeVon said.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,
which includes portions of St. Joseph County.