STATEHOUSE (April 11, 2019) —State Rep. Dale DeVon’s (R-Granger) legislation supporting aspiring teachers is now eligible to be signed into law by the governor.
DeVon’s legislation would establish a teacher residency grant pilot program to provide opportunities for college students who are pursuing a teaching degree to receive training from an experienced educator. DeVon said the program would offer students critical training, while giving them and their mentors a stipend.
“This program will provide on-the-job training to aspiring teachers, better preparing them to enter the classroom ready to teach and lead a class,” DeVon said. “The more we can do to take care of our educators and provide them with the skills and resources they need, the better off our kids, schools and communities will be.”
According to DeVon, the first year of teaching is a critical period for educators. Recent studies have shown that new teachers are better equipped and more likely to remain in the classroom when they receive prior training from highly effective educators.
State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5,
which includes portions of St. Joseph County.
CAPTION: State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) presents the final version of House Enrolled Act 1009 to the House of Representatives Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Statehouse. DeVon’s legislation would provide on-the-job experience and a stipend to aspiring teachers. After being approved by House and Senate members, the bill is now eligible to be signed into law by the governor.