The LAE Teaching & Learning Center
It's YOUR Profession....Build It. Own It. Lead It.
Improving student learning for all students is a central part of the LAE's mission. Ensuring great schools, supporting great teaching and expecting student success is not only is it the right thing to do, but we also recognize that the well-being of our members depends on the success of our schools. LAE is working to build, own and lead in a number of areas to improve the quality of teaching and learning through our new Teaching and Learning Center. Check out some of photographs taken over the past 8 months as we've worked to grow the LAE-TLC. There are more great things to come, so please keep checking back for updates on upcoming trainings and networking events. Keep reading to learn more about LAE's groundbreaking new endeavor.
The LAE Professional Support Program
We are in the process of organizing a network of trained, vetted, and credible teacher-leader members who have the competencies and passion for providing peer-to-peer support opportunities - this program is called, The LAE Professional Support Program. We are currently in the process of building the following areas of professional support:
• Classroom Management Support
• Cultural Competency Training
• Student Learning Target Development
• Response to Intervention and PBIS
• Community Conversation and Outreach
• National Board Certification Support and Leadership Networking
• Teacher Leadership and Advocacy Support
Here are several upcoming course offerings from the LAE-TLC:
The Culturally Competent Educator I, II, III
The Culturally Competent Educator workshop series wil immerse educators in the exploration of the meaning of culture. The workshops are meant to help teachers understand the needs of students, who are challenged by language, economic circumstance, or race and how these needs effect classroom performance. During this series of workshops, we’ll explore the meaning of social justice and equity in education, and learn how plan lessons that are relevant to and reflective of culturally (and economically) diverse students. All workshops will take place from 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. and include lunch. *Participants may take one, two, or all three workshops.
- November 5, 2016: The Culturally Competent Educator I: Monroe – Ouachita Public Library; Shreveport – Mooretown Branch Library - 4360 Hollywood Avenue; Baton Rouge – LAE Headquarters; Lafayette – South Regional Library; Lake Charles – Calcasieu Parish Central Library; Mansura - LSU Ag Center - 8592 Highway 1, Suite 1; New Orleans – Rosa F. Keller Library (4300 S Broad Ave)
- November 19, 2016: The Culturally Competent Educator II: Monroe – Ouachita Public Library; Shreveport – Mooretown Branch Library - 4360 Hollywood Avenue; Baton Rouge – LAE Headquarters; Lafayette – South Regional Library; Lake Charles – Calcasieu Parish Central Public Library; Mansura - LSU Ag Center - 8592 Highway 1, Suite 1; LaPlace - St. John Parish Central Library (2920 Highway 51)
- December 10, 2016: The Culturally Competent Educator III: Monroe – Ouachita Public Library; Shreveport – Caddo Association of Educators - 3007 Knight Street, Suite 210; Baton Rouge – LAE Headquarters; Breaux Bridge –Breaux Bridge Public Library - 205 North Main Street; Lake Charles – Calcasieu Parish Central Public Library; Mansura - LSU Ag Center - 8592 Highway 1, Suite 1; New Orleans – Rosa F. Keller Library
CLICK HERE to register for the event(s) you wish to attend.
Help us Build, Grow and Lead Your Profession!
The LAE is your professional association. If you are interested in helping build, grow, and lead the LAE Professional Support Program, or if you know someone we should contact who would be right for this program, please contact Gretchen Lampe at email@example.com.
Teaching & Learning Leader Tool Kit
The future success of the teaching profession begins and ends with our members in the classroom. We have developed a suggested set of talking points, a flyer, and smaller post card sized information handouts for your use. For easy access, click the links provided below:
- Ten Minute Meeting Toolkit: Provides any member or leader with an overview of the Teaching and Learning Program and a suggested set of asks to use in small groups, member meetings and one on ones with colleagues. CLICK HERE to download.
- Teaching and Learning Flyer: An 8.5"x11" sized overview and information document that would be good for bulletin boards or as handouts at meetings. CLICK HERE to download.
- Teaching and Learning Walk Card: A post card-sized informational handout that is blank on the backside so that you could print your own personal or local affiliate information and programming. CLICK HERE to download.
- National Board Certification Walk Card: is a post card sized informational handout that is blank on the backside so that you could print your own personal or local affiliate information and programming in regards to National Board Certification. CLICK HERE to download.
Your Great Ideas and NEA Grant Funds Make Great Classrooms Happen
As an NEA affiliate, LAE’s practicing K-12 public school teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities may apply online for grants up to $5000. For information about how to apply, the application, and an instructional video, visit the NEA Foundation Grant website http://www.neafoundation.org/. Application deadlines are: February 1, June 1, and October 15.
Common Core Lesson Plans
As an affiliate of the National Education Association, LAE is your connection to the BetterLesson website. CLICK HERE to head to a space where teachers share what works in the classroom, features more than 3,000 classroom-ready lessons that are easily accessible and can be integrated into any curriculum. This new BetterLesson product was built entirely for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and features the lessons of 130+ Master Teachers (MTs), who represent every K-12 grade level for math and English Language Arts & Literacy.
National Board Certification
Now more than ever, teachers in Louisiana are feeling the pressure to prove themselves in a constantly changing education landscape. National Board certification is the highest mark of professional accomplishment. It allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. Working with National Board Certified Teachers across the state LAE is supporting and networking accomplished teachers. For more information about the process go to http://boardcertifiedteachers.org/.
The LA-NBCT Network will be posted here when dates are solidified.
Free Leadership Development Courses
LAE believes that building leadership, teacher-led professional growth, and laying the groundwork for transformative and positive union-district collaboration are critical components for a successful school district. The NEA Foundation courses are intended to develop collaborative skills and content knowledge. The courses promote union-district collaboration as a tool for systems change and were developed by field experts, using a rich selection of resources. Use the course content in whatever way best meets your unique needs – a whole course, a single session, or just an activity. To learn more go to https://www.neafoundation.org/pages/courses/.
NEA Academy Courses that Fit Your Life
NEA members just like you gave input that helped guide the design of the NEA Academy, and we think you'll be pleased with the results. Based on the preferences you select, this new interactive learning environment will provide content recommendations, course alerts, and additional material of specific interest to you. The NEA Academy offers the best in online continuing education and Master’s degrees that will fit your budget, your schedule, and your life. We know you lead a busy life but that doesn’t have to interfere with advancing your career. Online professional development allows you to set your own schedule. Also, members have online access to the nation’s top scholars and higher education institutions – regardless of where they live. For information about free, nearly free and low tuition options for your professional learning go to http://www.neaacademy.org/index.html.
Free Common Core Apps
As a busy educator, LAE wants to make sure you have the most powerful and useful technology tools in your hands that allow you to access the CCSS, develop assessments and check student understandings. Through a partnership with Mastery Connect, NEA provides you with access with four powerful apps. Want to check out the standards and utilize helpful resources? CLICK HERE for quick access.