Buckeye Elementary School second graders become entrepreneurs for a day and apply knowledge that they have learned while Buckeye Kindergarteners have been learning about the ocean and the animals who live there.
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Rapides awarded early childhood grant
The Louisiana Department of Education has announced it will award $1.5 million in grant funding to support improvements to early childhood education quality. The grant will provide teachers at low-performing sites in eight communities with professional development designed to strengthen teacher-child interactions and classroom instruction and to improve kindergarten readiness.
The eight communities include Calcasieu, Concordia, Iberville, Jefferson, Orleans, Rapides, St. John the Baptist and Tangipahoa parishes. More than 300 classrooms and about 1,500 children across the state were targeted to benefit from the funding.
“This deliberate, targeted improvement will result in a high-quality educational learning experience for at-risk children in Type 3 Early Learning Centers, Head Start/Early Head Start and public Pre-K classrooms across Rapides Parish,” said Cindy Rushing, early childhood coordinator in Rapides Parish. “As a network, the ultimate goal is for every early childhood classroom to be Proficient, resulting in increased student outcomes and ensuring that all children enter kindergarten with the appropriate skills to be successful.”
Educators lobby for career and tech education
A local agriscience teacher recently joined educators from across the country at the Association for Career and Technical Education’s National Policy Seminar in Arlington, Virgina. As part of the advocacy event March on 13-15, Rapides High School teacher Lauren Emerson attended briefing sessions covering education policy and the priorities of the new administration and Congress.
Educators also met with policymakers on Capitol Hill to lobby for career and technical education and other workforce development programs. Emerson, an ACTE Fellow, is participating in leadership training through the Louisiana Association of Career and Technical Educators.
Preview day scheduled at LC
High school students of all grades are invited to attend Louisiana College’s upcoming Preview Day, which provides an overview of campus and academic life. The event also is open to transfer students to learn about the school’s academic programs, scholarships, financial aid, athletics, ministry and international study programs.
Students will also meet faculty and current students, enjoy a campus tour, and have the evening meal in LC’s cafeteria. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. March 24. Check-in will be in front of the Martin Performing Arts Center.
High school seniors who bring a completed LC application to Preview Day will not be required to pay an application fee. Register now by calling 1-800-487-1906, or visit www.lacollege.edu/previewday to register online.
NSU student art on exhibit locally
Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine and Graphic Art graduate program will present an exhibition of new works by Master of Arts candidates Aliosky Garcia, Hollis Ervin, Richelle Dorris, Jeffrey Nieman, Osvaldo Ferrer, Auna Oncay, Morgan Magnuson Reese, Nancy Robinson Noles, Madilyn Anderson and James Stringer.
The Spring 2018 NSU Graduate Art Exhibition will be up March 19-30 at the Creative Arts and Gallery, 3816 Parliament Drive in Alexandria. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
LSUA announces continuing education courses
The Department of Continuing Education at Louisiana State University of Alexandria announced its spring course offerings. Courses being offered include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, public speaking, business communication and social media marketing. To learn more or to register for a class, visit lsua.edu or contact Christi Nation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-427-4441.
LC presents ‘The Music Man’
Theatre of Louisiana College’s production of “The Music Man’ continues through this weekend. Performances of the Tony-nominated musical written are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in LC’s Martin Performing Arts Center.
Tickets for “The Music Man” are available online at ticket-central.org/events or at the door. Prices are $5 for LC students, faculty, and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; $12 for senior citizens (60 or older), non-LC students, and children; and $15 for adults. For reservations, call the box office at 318-487-7495.
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