Sep 19, 2014

Tour to Focus on Early Childhood, Believe & Prepare, Academic Goals, Teacher Leaders, and Jump Start

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana 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 learning about major initiatives happening across the state including the Early Childhood Network Pilots, Believe & Prepare educator preparation pilots, Jump Start, and the state’s Teachers Leaders.

“There is exceptional work happening all around out state – from the Early Childhood Network Pilots and Jump Start to the great jobs our principals and teachers are doing in the classroom,” said State Superintendent John White. “I look forward to opportunities such as this to get out into our schools and districts and see firsthand all the exciting work happening during each school year as we transition to higher expectations for our students and children.”

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.

During the tour, Superintendent White also will visit with principals and Teacher Leaders around the state to hear from those closest to the students on ways the Department can best support the work being done classrooms during the state’s transition to higher expectations. Additionally, Superintendent White will meet with Jump Start Regional Teams to learn more about the launch of implementation of the state’s new program for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences to high school students.

Below is the current schedule of dates and parishes on this
Louisiana Believes Tour. Site visits will focus on the Early Childhood Network Pilots, Believe and Prepare, Jump Start Regional Teams, higher expectations for students, and discussions with Teacher Leaders.



Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Orleans Parish/Jefferson Parish

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 

Lafayette Parish

 Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 

Calcasieu Parish

 Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Rapides Parish

 Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 

Caddo Parish

 Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 

Lincoln Parish/Ouachita Parish

 Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 

East Baton Rouge Parish

 Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 

St. Tammany Parish

 Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 

Terrebonne Parish


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 www.louisianabelieves.com.

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