March 13, 2013


In this issue of Ed-Connect, find details on the

Louisiana Teacher Leaders
opportunities to help start new schools in Louisiana, Course Choice, and AP professional development opportunities. 

Reminder: Louisiana Teacher Leader Applications Due FridayReminder


WHAT: Louisiana Teacher Leaders is a group of educators who will play two primary roles as teachers continue to implement the Common Core State Standards and Compass:

  • Create and implement teacher collaboration structures
  • Set up clear communication systems so that teachers are aware of the most up to date tools and resources.  

WHO: A group of 2,000 of educators from across the state. These individuals should be leaders at the school level who excel with their students, have a positive influence on their school culture, and support their peers.


HOW: Districts should submit one district application (including their teacher, principal, and district staff nominations) by March 15. The department strongly encourages the nomination of classroom teachers to this group, and this guidance has been developed to support the district nomination process.


If you have additional questions regarding the Louisiana Teacher Leaders please email



  • March 15: Districts submit their application to the LDOE
  • March 28: State releases Louisiana Teacher Leader participant list
  • April 18 & 19: Louisiana Teacher Leaders Kick Off (Lafayette, LA)
  • May 15: Pre-work for summer training sent
  • June 11 - 13: Louisiana Teacher Leaders Summer Training

Believe and Succeed: Louisiana's Initiative to Transform Struggling Schools


Empowering Educators to Envision and Launch New Schools

WHY: In spite of the significant progress made by schools in Louisiana almost 200,000 students are currently attending schools rated D or F on the state's letter grade system. More must be done if we are to reach our goal of ensuring that every child has multiple high quality educational options. To achieve this goal, the Department is announcing Believe and Succeed: Louisiana's Initiative to Transform Struggling Schools. 


WHO: Believe and Succeed awards grants to classroom teachers, school leaders, districts, and non profits. Applicants submit proposals to build new schools and spend a year training to make those new schools a reality.

WHAT: Those interested may apply for one or both of the following grants: 
  • New School Development Grants will fund the training of school leaders who will turnaround failing schools or start new schools to serve at-risk students who would otherwise attend D or F schools.
  • Expanding Excellence Grants will fund the expansion of high-performing schools and school networks to serve at-risk students who would otherwise attend D or F schools.
LEARN MORE: Grant applications are available hereThe Department also will be hosting webinars on Thursday, March 14th and Monday, March 18th, which will be posted to the Department's website. For login information and times, please click here.
Online Enrollment Opens for Course Choiceenroll

Online registration for Course Choice at is now available for students across the state. over 40 providers, including universities, public schools, and private providers will provide students rigorous college and career course offerings beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, including but not limited to AP, Career and Technical Education, and core academic courses.


The Department has and will continue to work with professional school counselors to implement this program, including holding additional informational webinars and creating the Course Choice Counselor Assistance Center, a toll free hotline available at 1-877-453-2721.


Click here for additional facts about Course Choice, or for additional questions about the Course Choice Program email

AP® Summer Institutes (APSI)AP


Advanced Placement coursework plays a prominent role in our state's new accountability system. Any student taking an AP course or a dual enrollment course receives 110 points towards the graduation index. Any student achieving a three or higher on an AP test or passing an AP course achieves 150 points towards the graduation index. 


To encourage growth of AP Programs statewide, the Louisiana Department of Education is inviting new and experienced AP teachers to participate in AP Summer Institutes (APSI) which will take place in summer 2013.  Teachers of AP courses, whether for the first time or experienced, are invited to apply.  Please complete the attached APSI Registration Fee Reimbursement Application and return it electronically to by April 15, 2013.


A webinar providing information on the APSI Reimbursement process is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m.


Tiny URL:

Meeting key: RK9NG6GN

Toll Free:   1-888-621-7121 

Event Number:  173008



APPLICATION - 2013 APSIA Fee Reimbursement Packet

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

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