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The East Baton Rouge Institute


LAE partners with the National Education Association’s Center for Organizing to provide a “campus” for the Center for Organizing’s Leadership Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The East Baton Rouge Institute is modeled after the successful Montgomery County Institute - a training for education advocates and emerging union leaders. The institute focuses on the importance of leadership development, collaboration, and relational organizing. LAE President Debbie Meaux said she is honored to welcome participants from across the nation to the southern sister branch in East Baton Rouge Parish.


“It isn’t often that we have an opportunity to house such a dynamic program right here in Baton Rouge,” Meaux said. “Educators understand that the future of our children is paramount to a thriving economy. Coming together to learn how to better collaborate stands to have a lasting impact on kids.”


The East Baton Rouge Institute hosted its first training in late 2016. Teams from across the nation gathered at the LAE Headquarters in Baton Rouge for three and a half days of intensive work. They developed skills in relational organizing, applied leadership identification practices, engaged with employees of East Baton Rouge Parish schools, and developed their own plans for engagement. They were provided opportunities to learn from some of the nation’s most powerful teacher associations and then had the opportunity to apply their learning, as they asked members of the community to participate in the “Stand up for Strong Schools” campaign.


President Meaux said she was thrilled with the success of the first event, as dedicated advocates came together in their shared commitment to the students they serve.


“We thank the participants of the EBR Institute’s first training for being a part of our efforts to assist our local affiliate determine how to best deliver the types of schools the students of East Baton Rouge deserve,” Meaux said. “I look forward to seeing the institute’s lasting impact on public schools, not just in the Capitol City, but across the state.”


For more information on the institute, as well as a list of upcoming opportunities, check out the LAE Teaching and Learning Center page.


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