November 6, 2013                                                             Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube


In this issue of Ed-Connect, find updates to the Classroom Support Toolbox and Teacher Leader events that support educators with their work mid-year to monitor student progress and adjust instructional strategies and plans.


Classroom Toolbox Updatestoolbox


At this point mid-year, educators are working to ensure students are progressing towards the goals they have set for their classrooms and are asking themselves these questions:

  1. What expectations and goals have I set for my students?
  2. Are they meeting those expectations?
  3. How can I adjust my instruction so that more students are meeting those expectations? 

This month, the Department is releasing new resources in the Classroom Support Toolbox to help teachers answer these mid-year instructional questions.

  • Middle School Accelerated Math Plans: The Department has released three different scope and sequence models of middle school accelerated math Common Core instruction. This set of scope and sequences illustrate three different ways for educators to begin accelerated Common Core math instruction so that middle school students leave 8th grade having completed algebra I.  Find these yearlong scope and sequence models in our library here.
  • EAGLE Items: More than 700 new questions will be uploaded into EAGLE by this Friday.
  • EOC Sample items:Sample test items are now available for algebra I, biology, US history and geometry.
  • State Letter Grade Release:  Educators can analyze their letter grade results, including all the specific components that go into the letter grade calculation, using the released spreadsheets and school report cards.  Additional information is also available in this FAQ and fact sheet regarding bonus points.
Live Teacher Leader Town HallTL


Join us and educators from Lincoln Parish as they explore how they are using the Department's resources and other tools to adjust instruction based on how students are meeting previously set expectations and goals. Get an inside look at their instructional strategies and exclusive access to the tools and resources they find most helpful.


Click here to join the Teacher Leader livestream event this Thursday at 4:00 pm featuring four of Lincoln's Teacher Leaders.
2015 Teacher and Principal of the Year Applications ReleasedTOY
The application for Louisiana's next teacher and principal of the year are now available. Annually, the Department, in partnership with Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Principals, honors the state's most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year program. The program honors teachers and leaders who ensure that students meet rigorous, Common Core State Standards-aligned goals and use the Compass process to continuously improve instructional and leadership practice.  


Districts may nominate up to three candidates, one per division, for both Teacher and Principal of the Year. Application materials are now available here and should be submitted to by 5:00 pm on January 17, 2013.


District Teacher/Principal of the Year coordinators are invited to join a webinar on Thursday, November 7 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm to review this year's process. Click here to access the webinar.


Please send any questions to


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

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