Louisiana Department of Education releases Interactive Education Resource Guide


The Department of Education in Louisiana has released an up to date interactive 2017-2018 interactive Education Resource Guide. The information found on this guide ranges from links to meetings and events, communication streams, and a guide to general education information. Goal-Setting and Assessment Resources along with a planning and instruction resource can also be found on this informational four-page brochure.

To see the fully up and running interactive guide, click here.

Louisiana Department of Education Re-Vamped Report Card System

According to the Louisiana Department of Education, “On November 7, 2017, the Louisiana Department of Education released the Louisiana School Finder, an interactive online tool designed to help families more easily locate and evaluate schools and child care centers across the state.”

This unique system is truly one of a kind as no other state in the nation on performance spanning from birth to 12th grade in this type of easily accessible online format that is so well organized.

“In the first week alone, more than 25,000 unique visitors explored the Louisiana School Finder.” This included visitors from out of state as well.

For more information on this new system and to see some of the amazing feedback it has received, click here.

2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year Application Process Now Open


For several years, The Louisiana Department of Education has recognized their talented and exceptional teachers – and now the application process is open for 2019. Each School district is encouraged to nominate up to three teachers and three principals, one per division (elementary, middle, and high), as their district-level honorees. Then each of these candidates are invited to submit a state-level application.

Congratulations to past winners and good luck to future nominees!

To meet the 2018 Teacher and Principle of the year along with other state-level winners, click here.

For more information on the nomination and application process, click here.

Galactic Discovery near LSU Main Campus leads to Nobel Prizes


The Nobel Physics Prize 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their discoveries in gravitational waves. The three men were key to the first observation of gravitational waves in September 2015.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Livingston observatory, where the discovery was made, is located on LSU property and is just 25 miles from the university’s main campus. LSU says faculty, staff and researchers are major contributors to the international LIGO Science Collaboration.

To read the full article on how this finding was made, click here.

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools: 6 Louisiana Schools Included


According to the Louisiana Department of Education, “The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recognized six Louisiana public schools as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are either high-performing or have closed achievement gaps, especially among minority or disadvantaged students. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels. Nominated schools submit applications to the USDOE for the award.”

The six recognized schools in Louisiana included Baton Rouge Foreign Language Immersion Magnet School in East Baton Rouge, Bayou Vista Elementary School in St. Mary Parish, Forest Heights Academy in East Baton Rouge Parish, Midland High School in Acadia Parish, Northwestern State University Middle Lab School in Natchitoches Parish, and Vincent Settlement Elementary School in Calcasieu Parish.

For more information on this award and these schools, click here.

Calcasieu School Board Earns National Award


Calcasieu School Board was nationally recognized this week when they received the 2017 Partnership District Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University.

This award is given to school districts who have made progress in leadership and goal-linked programs that engage family and local community- both of these being linked to student success. “The Calcasieu Parish School Board is applying research-based approaches to help schools become welcoming places that engage parents and the community in ways that improve student attendance, behavior, achievement, health, graduation rates, postsecondary plans, and other outcomes,” said Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of NNPS (National Network of Partnership Schools)

To learn more about this nationally credited award the School Board received along with other for this year and in the past, read here.