Education

New Enviromental Group Starts In NELA

Jan 4, 2018
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The northeast corner of the State of Louisiana now has a chapter of Louisiana Master Naturalists, a statewide environmental education and conservation organization. The first quarterly meeting of 2018 is January 9, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center.

Chris Doffitt of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will speak to the group about the Louisiana Natural Areas Registry program. A business meeting will follow.

Local students read their favorite holiday stories as part of the 90.3 KEDM Give the Joy of Learning reading campaign.  1,700 books were distributed to area 1st and 2nd graders in 13 local schools.   

Layla Calhoun - I Love Christmas by Hans Wihelm

Riley Trappey - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Santa's Big Day! from Bendon Publishing

Cruse Flowers - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White released the annual school performance scores for the 2016-2017 year. White says the scores have remained steady for the third consecutive year. He says Louisiana fourth graders are showing the most improvement in reading and math.

Follow link for scores:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13r4XY9EX5_tK5krUrjMFfFITNAPv9ufldI_JFVkfjQc/edit#gid=0

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Louisiana's education department has created an online tool aimed at helping families evaluate and compare K-12 public schools and child care centers around the state.

The online site, called the Louisiana School Finder, will launch Tuesday at www.LouisianaSchools.com.

The searchable site will list performance scores and ratings for each school and early childhood center; show course offerings and extracurricular activities available by school; and provide basic information about hours of operation, location and website.

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Louisiana's education department is looking for a college in the state willing to be the home base for a teacher training initiative.

The education department released its application for higher education institutions to apply to house the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium for a five-year period.

The college that hosts the consortium will organize research, convene experts from around the state to do research, seek grant financing and work on teacher preparation policy. The college will receive $50,000 in start-up funds to begin the consortium's work.

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A state audit is criticizing how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools.

 The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office found the education department weighed critical and non-critical violations equally in determining school performance ratings. The department, auditors say, should be judging charter schools based on the severity of a violation.

 The education department says it is working to update the scoring system to more adequately account for differences in offense types. 

Start a New Chapter with READ. LEARN. SUCCEED.

Sep 27, 2017
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United Way is excited to enter into its sixth year of the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program. Launched in 2012, the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program has broadened into 13 schools reaching more than 900 students. 

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is a program designed to help get second and third grade students reading at or above their grade level. Over the course of a school year READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. puts anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 books into the hands of students. 

ULM Taking Steps Toward Physical Therapy Program

Sep 12, 2017
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Recently, the Louisiana Board of Regents gave the green light to the University of Louisiana Monroe for the development of the proposal of a physical therapy program through the university.

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education recently approved $2.2 million in "Believe and Prepare" Educator Grant Program allocations to assist the University of Louisiana Monroe and 12 other universities and non-profit organizations in their efforts to start or expand and strengthen their teaching preparation programs.

The round of grants focuses specifically on classrooms in which identifying highly prepared educators has been most challenging, those serving students with disabilities and those in rural regions of the state

Local Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Across I-20

Apr 24, 2017
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Tuesday, April 25th Louisiana Tech University will be holding the 5th annual I-20 Top 20 Showcase. The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in University Hall.

The I-20 Top 20 Showcase allows local entrepreneurs, whether that be students or professionals, to pitch innovative ideas and startup plans. Guest will hear some of the participant's pitches and will be able to see displays of all the participants ideas. 

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