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As Thanksgiving approaches, it's important to reflect on all for which you are grateful. In addition to sweet potato casserole and Olivia Pope, we here at LAPCS are ever so thankful for our amazing members who dedicate themselves to educating the students of Louisiana each and every day. The rest of America is looking towards our great state as an example of how giving schools the autonomy to innovate while holding them accountable for results can transform school cultures, academic achievement, and most important, students' lives.

We believe that our charter schools employ some of the most effective, excellent teachers and leaders in the state. Please consider nominating your incredible educators for the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs, or for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. More information can be found below, along with other critical news for charter schools.  

As always, LAPCS is here to serve you. Do not hesitate to let us know how we can better assist you. We wish you all the best and a Happy Thanksgiving!

With Sincerest Gratitude,
The LAPCS Team
New Regional LAPCS Collaboratives Coming!

LAPCS knows that outside of New Orleans, often our state's charter schools face unique landscapes and challenges.  To help facilitate more collaboration and creative solution-seeking among our fantastic educators around the state, we are hosting some new opportunities.


North Louisiana Collaborative

On February 12, 2014 from 9:30am to 3:30pm, LAPCS will bring together board members, school leaders, and HR/Operations staff from charters across the North Louisiana area to discuss the issues facing their schools.  For more information, please contact Veronica Brooks at 


Greater Baton Rouge Collaborative

On December 4, 2013, LAPCS will host a breakfast for school leaders and board chairs of charters in the greater Baton Rouge area to learn more about their needs and discuss potential dates for hosting quarterly collaboratives for the Greater Baton Rouge area.  More details coming soon.  

Common Core & PARCC

Leading the Common Core in Mathematics: An Institute for School Leaders

The School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans is hosting an interactive, job-embedded institute for school leaders implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Math.


Dr. Andrea Tottosy of The Leadership and Learning Center will be leading the workshop on January 14th and 15th, 2014 at the Lindy Boggs International Conference Center. Register online by December 20, 2013 to reserve your seat at


Common Core & PARCC Teacher Townhall

The LDE will be hosting a Teacher Townhall after the Thanksgiving holiday to explain the new transition policies for Common Core and the PARCC assessments.  The event will be held on December 4, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.  Click here to access the livestream of this event and click here to email your questions for the townhall.

Awards for Excellent Educatorsfishman

The Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice

This is a $25,000 prize awarded annually to public school teachers who demonstrate exceptionally effective teaching with students from high-poverty communities. Offered by The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all students get excellent teachers, the prize is given to up to five teachers each year.


In addition to receiving $25,000, the winners engage in a six-week, one-of-a-kind summer residency during which they meet with education leaders nationwide, then write and publish a collection of essays about their most essential teaching strategies. Finalists receive a $1,000 award and national recognition.


Applicants who submit by the early deadline (December 3, 2013) will learn whether they have been selected for the next round in advance of other applicants. The final deadline is January 21, 2014.


Read the 2013 winners' papers and learn more about how to apply or nominate your favorite teachers at:  


The 2015 Louisiana Teacher & Principal of the Year Awards

The Louisiana Department of Education recognizes that great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the LDOE, 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. 
Charter schools 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 p.m. on January 17, 2014.

All Type 1 charter schools should follow their district's selection and submission process. All Type 2-5 charters should follow their LEA or CMO's selection and submission process. Each single site charter school and CMO will submit their nominees to the LDOE by January 17th.

The LDOE is asking each single site charter school and CMO to submit to us the name of the person responsible for coordinating your 2015 Teacher and Principal of the Year selection process to immediately.  
Please send any questions to
Believe and Succeed Opportunity
School Leader Apprenticeship Grant Opportunity
For the 2014-2015 Believe and Succeed application to be released later this year, charter schools will have the opportunity to receive grant funding to host a school leader apprentice. This apprentice would serve in a leadership role of the school's choosing during the 2014-2015 school year while receiving additional coaching/mentoring from the school. For the apprentice, this opportunity will provide the necessary leadership development experiences to prepare them to launch their own charter school in following years.
Please see the "Charter School Leader Apprenticeship Opportunities" for a more in depth overview.
Please note that hosting an apprentice does not prohibit a school from submitting additional Believe and Succeed Applications. In addition, charter schools have complete discretion of who they ultimately offer the apprenticeship to.
If your school wants to offer an apprenticeship, please complete and submit the "Leadership Development Opportunity Template" by November 27th to While the template will be accepted later, receiving the template by the 27th will ensure that the LDE can list your school's apprenticeship opportunity when they initially release the Believe and Succeed application. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact
Contact Us
Caroline Roemer Shirley
Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
504-274-3651 |
In This Issue

We are grateful for our member schools and vendors! If you're not an LAPCS member and would like to take advantage of our programs and services, contact Membership Director, Simone Green today!


     Member Schools  

  • Akili Academy of New Orleans
  • Algiers Technology Academy
  • Alice M. Harte Elementary Charter School
  • Andrew H. Wilson Charter School
  • Arise Academy
  • Arthur Ashe Charter School 
  • Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City
  • Bayou Community Academy
  • Belle Chasse Academy
  • Bricolage Academy
  • Cohen College Prep
  • Community School for Apprenticeship Learning
  • Crescent Leadership Academy
  • Crocker College Prep
  • D'Arbonne Woods Charter School
  • Delhi Charter School
  • Delta Charter School
  • Dolores T. Aaron Elementary School
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Edna Karr High School
  • Encore Academy
  • Esperanza Charter School Association
  • G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy
  • G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy
  • Gentilly Terrace Elementary School
  • Glencoe Charter School
  • Harriet Tubman Charter School
  • Inspire Charter Academy 
  • International School of Louisiana - Bunche
  • International School of Louisiana - Camp St
  • International School of Louisiana - Olivier St
  • J. K. Haynes Elementary Charter School
  • John Dibert Community School 
  • John McDonogh
  • Joseph Clark High School 
  • Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School
  • Kenner Health Discovery
  • L.B. Landry-O. Perry Walker Senior High School
  • Lafayette Academy
  • Lake Area New Tech Early College High School
  • Lake Charles Academy
  • Langston Hughes Academy 
  • Linwood Public Charter School
  • Louisiana Connections Academy
  • Louisiana Virtual Academy
  • Lusher Charter School
  • Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans
  • Madison Preparatory Academy
  • Magnolia School of Excellence
  • Martin Behrman Elementary School
  • McDonogh #28 City Park Academy
  • McDonogh #32 Elementary School
  • McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School
  • Medard H. Nelson Elementary School
  • Mentorship Academy of Digital Arts
  • Mentorship Academy of Science and Technology
  • Mildred Osborne Charter School  
  • Milestone SABIS Academy
  • Miller-McCoy Academy
  • Morris Jeff Community School
  • New Orleans Military/Maritime Academy
  • Paul B. Habans
  • Pierre A. Capdau Learning Academy
  • ReNEW Culutral Arts Academy at Live Oak Elementary
  • ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary School
  • S.J. Green Learning Academy 
  • Sci Academy
  • SciTech Academy at Laurel Elementary
  • Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy
  • Success Preparatory Academy
  • Sylvanie Williams College Prep
  • The MAX Charter School
  • The Net Charter School
  • V.B. Glencoe Charter School 
  • Virtual Academy of Lafourche
  • William J. Fischer Elementary School
  • Young Audiences Charter School   

Member Vendors

  • Bancorp South Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of Southeast Louisiana
  • ING Financial Partners
  • Lumpkin Agency
  • Sean M. Bruno CPA's