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Thursday, August 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Nero
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Welcome to a new school year!We hope that you will take advantage of our many scholarship and grant opportunities. As you are purchasing materials for your classroom, SAVE your receipts. You may be eligible for reimbursement up to $500 by applying for our instructional resources grant. Thinking about returning tohigher ed?Wait no more! A+PEL offers scholarships to assist with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website for a list of scholarships and grants.

Summer Conference was a HUGE Success!
This year we had over 200 Louisiana Educators attend our professional development conference held in Baton Rouge from July 15-17. These educators had the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of professional development sessions, network, listen to superintendents and motivational speakers for inspiration, and participate in a gubernatorial candidate forum. Check out our website for handouts and stay tuned for a slideshow!

Refer a friend/colleague and earn CASH!
As you are returning to school, invite a colleague to join A+PEL! You will earn $25 for each professional member that joins.Remember that secretaries, custodians, cafeteria workers, and other school staff can now join A+PEL as Associate Members. You will earn $20 for each associate member that joins. Please make sure your name is listed onthe “recruited by” line. Recruitment rebate checks will be mailed byDecember 1.

2015 Recruitment Contest
We hope that you will share information about A+PEL with your colleagues and friends and invite them to join. A+PEL is pleased to reward our members for their hard work. In addition to earning a recruitment rebate check, you will also be entered into our contest. This year’s prizes for the top recruiters include a 42-inch television, a one-night stay at the Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, free registration for 2016 Summer Conference, and up to $300 in cash! The contest endsOctober 1, 2015. Winners will be announcedOctober 9! Questions? Email Jennifer.

Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal
Remember that the LDOE has launched the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal for feedback and input on ELA and Math Standards. Please participate and share how the standards have worked in your classrooms or if there is room for improvement! You can elect to comment on one standard, a few standards, or all of them.

The first meeting of the Louisiana Standards Review Committee and its three contentsubcommittees will meet on Wednesday, August 19 to begin the process of reviewing public comments and updating Louisiana's ELA and Math Standards. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801.It will also be available via live stream on the LDOE's website.

Setting Student Learning Targets
The beginning of school brings along the task of setting your SLTs. Your SLTs establish a vision for what students should know or be able to do at the end of the year. Remember to take an active role in setting your targets. These will be the bar by which you are evaluated, so make your voice heard early in the process. Contact the state office if you need any assistance in this area.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines
August 18 (Tuesday):St. James Cooperative Learning Part 1 will be held at the St. James Parish Library located at 1879 W. Main St. in Lutcher.

August 22 (Saturday):Compass and Making Time to Lead will be held at the West Baton Rouge Vocational Skills Center located at 3553 Rosedale Rd., Port Allen, LA 70767.

September 12 (Saturday): Principal Training in West Baton Rouge: The Power of PLCs

September15 (Tuesday): Deadline for National Board Certification Grant Application

September 15 (Tuesday): Student Engagement Strategies will be held at the Cecil Picard Center on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus.The address is200 E Devalcourt St, Lafayette, LA 70506

September 17-18 (Thursday-Friday):A+PEL will have a booth at the LouisianaReading AssociationConference- stop by and visit us!

September 22 (Tuesday): St. James Cooperative Learning Part 2 will be held at the St. James Parish Library located at 1879 W. Main St. in Lutcher.

October 6 (Tuesday):Do you STEM? will be held at the Cecil Picard Center onthe University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus.The address is 200 E. Devalcourt St., Lafayette, LA 70506

October 15 (Thursday): Deadline for Nelson/Broussard Scholarship Application

October 15 (Thursday): Deadline for Professional Development Grant Application

November 7 (Saturday): Ruth Culham: The Writing Thief- teaching with Mentor Texts and A+PEL Annual Members Meeting at LSU- Alexandria

November 17 (Tuesday): Multiple Intelligences/Multiple Pathways will be held at the Cecil Picard Center onthe University of Louisiana at Lafayette's campus. The address is 200 E. Devalcourt St., Lafayette, LA 70506.


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