February 26, 2013


In this issue of Ed-Connect, find details on the Classroom Support Toolbox, which brings together curriculum, assessment, and Compass guidance, empowering teachers to plan for the Common Core transition.

Message from Louisiana Teachers to Louisiana Teachers: TeacherMessage


Like so many teachers in the state, we understand the pressure and limited time available to create a curriculum from scratch. The Classroom Support Toolbox was created by teachers for teachers, to address the challenge of planning in a time of transition. As we prepare to implement the Common Core State Standards next year, the toolbox can serve as a teacher's first stop in planning what, when, and how to teach.


As you explore the toolbox, consider your classroom and all of the possibilities to create a positive, rigorous, and exciting learning environment for your students. The Common Core State Standards are changing the way teachers and students engage in teaching and learning. While the process of implementing new standards can be daunting, we owe it to all our students to expect greatness and to believe it is possible. If you haven't taken the leap yet, this is your opportunity to plan for the Common Core





Amanda Bundrick, Caddo Heights Math/Science Elementary, Caddo Parish

Angelle Lailhengue, Lacoste Elementary, St. Bernard Parish

Chanda Johnson, Midland High School, Acadia Parish

Julie Stephenson, Ruston High School, Lincoln Parish

Kim Shackelford, Instructional coach, Lincoln Parish

Lee Ann Wall, Iota Middle School, Acadia Parish

Rebecca Freeland, Morehouse Alternative School, Morehouse Parish

Sharon Necaise, West Feliciana High School, West Feliciana Parish 

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Created by teachers for teachers to provide support during the transition to the Common Core State Standards, the Classroom Support Toolbox is available at louisianabelieves.com


What is the Toolbox and Why Now?


A compilation of assessment, curriculum, and instructional resources, the toolbox ends top-down curriculum that tells teachers how and what to teach. Instead, it supports teachers by providing tools to plan, assess, and reflect. The toolbox brings together curriculum, assessment, and Compass tools, giving teachers the freedom to select and create from a number of resources while ensuring curriculum and assessment guidance is clear and simple.


How to Use the Toolbox


Please join the Department later this week for an introduction to the toolbox. Click the link below to join one of two live streaming sessions to receive an orientation to the toolbox.


Link: www.livestream.com/LDOEcomm

  • Wednesday, February 27, 3-4 Pm
  • Thursday, February 28, 3-4 pm


Louisiana Teacher Leaders 


Applications are available in the Classroom Support Toolbox to nominate teachers to be a member of a group of 2,000 educators from across the state, including at least one teacher from every school, selected as a Louisiana Teacher Leader. 


Louisiana Teacher Leaders will be trained on every aspect of the toolbox and will ensure that teachers at their school are informed as to the resources and processes necessary to learn the Common Core and Compass.


Applications are due March 15 and will be followed by a Louisiana Teacher Leader kick-off event in Lafayette April 18 and 19.


Questions or Feedback


Please e-mail classroomsupporttoolbox@la.gov with your questions or comments. 


Teacher and Principal of the Year Applications 


The 2014 Teacher and Principal of the Year application materials are now available here.


Districts' nominations are due back to the LDOE by April 24, 2013. Please send any questions about this process to excellenteducators@la.gov. 


Thank YouThanks


Thank you to all of the educators who helped create the Classroom Support Toolbox.


Chanda JohnsonSerena White
Lee Ann WallLissa Dumas
Lori LemonsRebecca Freeland
Anita SzombathelyiCarrie Massey
Amanda BundrickNancy Dever
Emma JordanLaurie Carlton
Judy VailAngelle Lailhengue
Kathy NoelMary Lumetta
Kelley LeBlancBonnie Bourg
Amy DeslattesAlice Versher
Linda FongerElena Marina
Penny GennusoFan Disher
Susan KahnLinda Greene
Vickie HebertSam Johnson
Danielle FisherSusan Herrington
Kim ShackelfordSharon Necaise
Julie StephensonLaree Taylor
C. Kyle FaltingTammy Wood
Ramona AdamsKaycee Eckhardt
Karen Kelley ParrinoLauran Hihar

Network 1:
Kerry Laster

Network 4:
Francis Touchet
Ellyn McKinneyKevin George
Dana TalleyCindy Treme
Network 2:
Melissa Stilley
Network 5:
Gayle Sloan
Teri RobertsJean May-Brett
Julie RodriguezRene Diamond
Whitney MartinAlishia Ancar
Network 3:
Warren Drake
Janet Cornelius
Monique Wild
Andrea Farmer



Louisiana Department of Education
1201 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

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