Teacher candidates can soon apply for Delta State University’s second cohort of the Delta Sunflower Project Mississippi Teacher Residency Program.
The 2020 Mississippi Teacher Residency Program Selection Process for Cohort 2:
Application opens: Jan. 3, 2020
Application closes: Feb. 3, 2020
Invitation to teacher institute and interview sent to candidates: Feb. 21, 2020
Interview day: March 7, 2020
Selected candidates notified: April 1, 2020
Coursework begins: Summer II session (July 2020)
As announced last July, Delta State received a three-year $600,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Education to partner with the Sunflower County Consolidated School District on a Mississippi Teacher Residency program that will prepare the next generation of primary schoolteachers for jobs in their community. Each year for the next three years, 12 teacher candidates enrolled at Delta State and living in Sunflower County will complete the practicum—thus providing the region with 36 new educators. Through intensive on-site experience, the program offers deeper preparation for teacher candidates to be day-one ready upon graduation. It also provides incentive for them to work in their own community.
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation funds the program for the Mississippi Department of Education. DSU’s Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research within the College of Education and Human Sciences administers the Delta State portion through Dr. Merideth Van Namen, chair and associate professor of teacher education, who wrote the grant, and Dr. Kaysie Burton, assistant professor of teacher education, and the coordinator of the program.
For additional information, contact Dr. Kaysie Burton, assistant professor of elementary education, at (662) 846-4370.