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The Louisiana Assistance and Assessment Program. An Introduction for New Teachers. Two Purposes of LaTAAP:. Provide new teachers with a planned program of leadership and support from experienced educators.

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The Louisiana Assistance and Assessment Program

An Introduction for New Teachers


Two Purposes of LaTAAP:

  • Provide new teachers with a planned program of leadership and support from experienced educators.

  • Demonstration of competency in the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching, which are the teaching standards that form the assessment criteria.


Information and Details

  • Visit http://www.louisianaschools.net, which is the Louisiana Department of Education webpage.

  • Click on the “Professional Development” tab at the top of that page, and then on LaTAAP.


Documents for YOU:

  • Guide for New Teachers – everything you need to know about your beginning your teaching career in Louisiana

  • Bulletin 1943 – the policy which governs the new teacher assistance and assessment program.

  • Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching – the standards for all teachers in Louisiana.


Overview of LaTAAP Activities

  • Semester 1: Mentoring

  • Semester 2: Mentoring

  • Semester 3: Mentoring/ Assessment

  • Semester 4: Mentoring/ Growth/ Assessment


Semester 1: MENTORING

  • Attend Orientation

  • Receive Mentor Assignments

  • Sign Mentor/New Teacher Agreement

  • Complete Needs Assessment

  • Develop Action Plan(s) and Focused Coaching

  • Collect Artifacts


Semester 2: MENTORING

  • Conduct mini-observations

  • Conduct Advisory observations

  • Create Growth Plan

  • Collect Artifacts


Semester 3: MENTORING/ASSESSMENT

  • Conduct Full Observations

  • Assemble and Submit Portfolio

  • Evaluate Portfolio

  • Recommend Certification

  • Attend Team Meeting

  • Develop Growth Plan


Semester 4: MENTORING/ GROWTH/ ASSESSMENT

  • Achieve Growth Objectives

  • Review/Revise Growth Plan

  • Conduct Observations

  • Redevelop Portfolio


Data Collection Methods

  • Effective spring 2004, the LaTAAP data collection methods are: a new teacher portfolio and classroom observation.

  • Both of these instruments are designed to collect information directly related to the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching (LCET)

  • New teachers must achieve competent (2) rating on the eleven components of LCET.


Benefits for the New Teacher

  • Feedback regarding planning, classroom, and instructional strategies

  • An in-depth understanding of LaTAAP

  • Additional in-class observations with feedback in relation to the LCET

  • Positive attention, support, and encouragement

  • Reassurance that he/she is developing professionally


In the Future…

  • Attend professional development workshops

  • Meet regularly with your mentor

  • Establish a network of teacher “buddies” to lean on when needed

  • Join professional organizations

  • Check the EBR and Louisiana DOE webpages often for updates

  • Look into Take One! and National Board Certification


Contact Information

Jill W. Saia, NBCT

Professional Development Specialist

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools

12000 Goodwood Blvd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70815

[email protected]

(225) 226-7633


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