Louisiana for Higher Education: Helping a New Teacher, Teaching Zoo in Alexandria – Louisiana Illuminator

New teacher experience

Louisiana Tech College of Education will lead the Louisiana Department of Education’s New Teacher Experience Program.

The program will focus on connecting new teachers with mentors and the support system in the early days of their teaching life.

“The New Teacher Experience is a comprehensive induction program that will deliver multiple services designed to increase teacher effectiveness, enhance skills, and reduce attrition among junior teachers,” said Laurie Carlton, a department of education consultant who will lead the program.

The university has opened applications for affinity group leaders who will mentor new teachers. The selected 20 leaders will be paid a stipend of $2,500. Applications close Tuesday.

“While we cannot address all of the factors that contribute to the obstacles that teachers face early in their careers, we can help create shared spaces for discourse, support, and sharing of best practices that can help them in the classroom,” Associate Dean of the College of Education Lindsey Keith-Vincent said.

Alexandria Zoo is moving towards education

The Alexandria Zoo, the City of Alexandria, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at LSU Alexandria will partner to offer Zoo Science.

The program is the first of its kind in Louisiana and one of only 10 in the country.

The program aims to provide students with practical experience that will help them enter the zoo industry. Focus classes will be delivered both on campus and on site at the zoo by experts working at the zoo.

“In a world where zoos are often the only place where people learn about and interact with wildlife, it is critical that we help prepare future zoo management professionals who are properly trained and prepared to maximize the educational impact and quality experiences that it provides. said Paul Corell, an LSU-A consultant.

Helping Low Income International Students

AT&T has given a gift of $15,000 to the Northwestern State University Foundation to support scholarships for low-income international students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“Many international students would like to pursue pathways in science, technology, and mathematics in the United States, but financial needs are often a major challenge for them,” said University President Marcus Jones. “These scholarship funds will make a real difference in their ability to stay here and continue their studies.”

wood innovation

Martin Sustainable Resources, an Alexandria-based timber company, has awarded $2 million to Louisiana Tech University Forest Products Innovation Center.

The university will soon begin construction of the centre, which will aim for an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in the woodworking industry.

“The Forest Products Innovation Center will become a hub for discovering new ways to capture, produce and use our renewable and sustainable forests for future generations,” said Scott Paul, President and Chief Operating Officer of RoyOMartin, a subsidiary of Martin Sustainable Resources.

University President Les Jess said he expects to conduct research into new uses for Louisiana’s forests, as well as focus on more efficient processing of forest products while continuing to contribute to sustainability.

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