Sep 10, 2013

Teacher-designed Tour to Touch on Groundbreaking Initiatives Across State

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Department of Education today announced the dates and locations for State Superintendent of Education John White’s upcoming Louisiana Believes tour. This tour will focus on discussing several major initiatives happening across the state such as the Early Childhood Network pilots, Course Choice, Advanced Placement expansion, and work to reform Louisiana’s diploma system.

“I look forward to visiting parishes around the state to see, firsthand, the great work that our educators and students are doing and to discussing the exciting work we will be doing in the upcoming school year with members of these communities,” said State Superintendent John White.

Superintendent White will visit early childhood centers participating in the Early Childhood Network pilot and speak with teachers, education leaders, and stakeholders working to unifying the previously fragmented Pre-K system. During these visits, the Superintendent will see the work that is being done to make this vision a reality and gather the input of those leading the effort locally to eventually, expand this work statewide.

This teacher-designed tour also will include several Teacher Leader town hall meetings to discuss the state’s transition to more rigorous standards and assessments with the goal of putting Louisiana students on a level playing field with students across the country.

During the tour, Superintendent White also will visit with principals, teachers, and students at several high schools around the state to learn more about the programs schools have in place to encourage an increase in students taking and passing Advanced Placement course for college credit, work to prepare students for the ACT and to expand students’ opportunities beyond a traditional classroom through Course Choice and the Khan virtual academy.  Superintendent White also will visit schools participating in the Louisiana Scholarship Program and high-performing charter schools, both in rural and urban areas.

The tour also will be an opportunity to discuss strengthening Louisiana’s diplomas at several community and technical colleges around the state. This will be a follow-up visit to those the Superintendent
held during the summer to gain the input of educators, business leaders, and families.

Below is a schedule of dates and parishes on this Louisiana Believes Tour.



Location (Initiative)

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

Iberville Parish
Iberville Elementary (Early Childhood Network Pilot)

East Baton Rouge Parish
Thrive Charter School
Woodlawn High School (Advanced Placement)

Sherwood Middle Magnet School (Teacher Leader Meeting)

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013

Ascension Parish
Gonzales Primary School (Early Childhood Network Pilot)
St. Amant High School (Teacher Leader Meeting)

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013

Caddo Parish
Northwestern State University (NSU) Child and Family Network (Early Childhood Network Pilot)
St. Joseph School (Louisiana Scholarship Program)

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Lafayette Parish
Truman Early Childhood Education Center (Early Childhood Network Pilot)
N.P. Moss Preparatory School (Teacher Leader Meeting)

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Pointe Coupee Parish
Valverda Elementary (Early Childhood Network Pilot)

Acadia Parish
Mermentau Elementary School (2011-2012 High Performing Elementary School)

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning (Teacher Leader Meeting)
SOWELA Technical College (Diploma Discussion)

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Charter Academy
Clifton Elementary School (Early Childhood Network Pilot)

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

St. Tammany Parish
Slidell Pearl River Head Start (Early Childhood Network Pilot)
Mandeville High School (Teacher Leader Meeting)
Northshore Technical College (Diploma Discussion)

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish
Fannie C. Williams Elementary School (Early Childhood Network Pilot)
mSchool (Course Choice Provider)
Bard Early College (Course Choice Provider)
Bonnabel High School (Khan Academy)
John Q. Adams Middle School (Teacher Leader Meeting)
Delgado Community College (Diploma Discussion)

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

East Baton Rouge Parish
Associated Builders and Contractors (Course Choice Provider)

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Vernon Parish
Pickering Elementary and High School (Compass)
Fort Polk

Bossier Parish/Caddo Parish
Bossier Instructional Center (Teacher Leader Meeting)

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Lincoln Parish
Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center (Early Childhood Network Pilot)

Ouachita Parish
Neville High School (Teacher Leader Meeting)

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Ouachita Parish
Louisiana Delta Community College (Diploma Discussion)

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Lafayette Parish
South Louisiana Community College (Diploma Discussion)

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Avoyelles Parish
Avoyelles Public Charter School

Rapides Parish
Peabody Montessori Elementary (Teacher Leader Meeting)
Central Louisiana Technical College (Diploma Discussion)

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Terrebonne Parish
Mulberry Elementary (Teacher Leader Meeting)
Fletcher Technical College (Diploma Discussion)

Advisories that include times and physical addresses will be released for individual parish visits prior to the scheduled date.

For more information about Louisiana Believes or any of the initiatives, please visit

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