Research Report: Growing Concern over Student Discipline

Research Report: Growing Concern over Student Discipline By: Spencer Pearson When legislators return to the capitol building next week, Louisiana’s education system is once again under the microscope. The usual budget and policy battles will rear their heads, and when the dust settles the landscape of education in Louisiana will shift. Those same battles that […]

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Legislative Survey Results, Part 1

2014 Legislative Survey by A+PEL, Part 1 By: Spencer Pearson Today, A+PEL officially releases the first portion of its comprehensive study on teacher’s perceptions of classroom concerns. Over 250 classroom teachers (180 A+PEL members, 78 non-members) participated in the statewide survey, and the findings were supplemented with on-site interviews, focus groups, and commentary from legislators […]

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Major News: Northeast Louisiana Leadership Development Series

By Spencer Pearson BESE’s “Louisiana Believes and Succeeds” grant program recently awarded Richland Parish, A+PEL, and AIE for teacher training and leadership workshops in Northeastern Louisiana. The Northeast and Mississippi Delta regions of Louisiana are often cited as among the most impoverished areas in the nation, and often struggle to attract teachers and school leaders. […]

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A+PEL Spotlight: Michelle Abadie of St. Bernard Parish

A+PEL Spotlight: Michelle Abadie of St. Bernard Parish Feature by Spencer Pearson For Michelle Abadie, her first day of school was all it took for her to want to be a teacher. “I was just so in awe of my teacher and I was excited about learning. I was kind of that nerdy kid that […]

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Teacher Spotlight: Miranda Rupnarain

Teacher Spotlight: Miranda Rupnarain By Spencer Pearson When Miranda Rupnarain attended her first Cooperative Learning Workshop five years ago, she probably did not expect to be teaching them some day. But with the recent completion of her third year of workshops in Ascension Parish, that’s exactly where she found herself. It all started with a […]

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A+PEL Questions EBR Merit Pay Structure

Recently, our members in East Baton Rouge Parish brought some inconsistencies to our attention in the bonus structure for highly effective teachers. Teachers earn this classification through an exceptional amount of hard work and dedication in the classroom. While a first year teacher gets a $350 bonus for achieving a highly effective rating, teachers with […]

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Member Spotlight: Christie Spohn Ascension Parish Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Christie Spohn,  Ascension Parish Teacher of the Year! The Ascension Parish School Board recently presented Christie Spohn, an A+PEL member and A+PEL ALL Star Educator, with the Primary Teacher of the Year Award for Ascension Parish. She is a fourth grade English Language Arts teacher at G. W. Carver Primary School in Gonzales, Louisiana. […]

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Member Spotlight: Ulysse Joubert of St. Landry Parish

Ulysse Joubert tells his students they only have 15 seconds to make an impression ­— for good or bad — on someone they meet. And that is all the time it takes to size up Ulysse Joubert.  His thick Cajun accent, infectious laughter, expressive face, and imposing demeanor tell you this is a truly extraordinary […]

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Member Spotlight: Lee Ann Wall, President of A+PEL

Growing up in the rich French culture and traditions of Acadia Parish, A+PEL state president Lee Ann Wall has always built her life around home and family.  But not far behind those commitments have been education and athletics. As a teenager, she tutored other children.  She soon got the attention of Jesse Joubert, a teacher […]

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Retrospective: 2013 Leadership Conference

Some of Louisiana’s top educators gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge July 18-19, 2013 for A+PEL’s annual Leadership Development Conference. It was opportunity for A+PEL members to meet old and new friends and brush up on skills On Thursday afternoon, attorney Wesley Johnson discussed state and federal issues involving student discipline.  She stressed […]

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Member Spotlight: Karen Parrino of Livingston Parish

Step into a new world of discovery in Mrs. Karen Parrino’s Kindergarten Science Immersion Classroom at North Live Oak Elementary in Livingston Parish.  The curriculum is centered on integrated science inquiry, reading, and math activities because she feels young students learn best when using their senses and actively touching objects in their environment. Three years […]

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Annette Breaux: Be a World Class Teacher

It may not be easy to be a world-class teacher but every teacher has the potential to be one, according to well-known author and inspirational speaker Annette Breaux. Ms. Breaux told educators attending A+PEL’s Annual Leadership Development Conference in Baton Rouge, “You can be the kind of teacher whom students love and remember — the […]

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Jennifer Andrews: A+PEL’s New Deputy Director

BATON ROUGE — Jennifer Andrews has been appointed the new deputy director of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. (A+PEL), according to outgoing executive director Polly Broussard. Ms. Andrews, who has served as director of membership services for the statewide teachers organization, will continue in that role while assuming the No. 2 staff position at A+PEL. […]

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A+PEL Executive Director Polly Broussard Leaves Great Legacy

BATON ROUGE — While A+PEL was not officially launched until 1988, its predecessor organizations got much of their impetus from the teacher strike of 1979.  Many teachers across the state felt that a series of labor controversies fomented by teachers unions were creating a bad image for teachers and damaging education in the state. A […]

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Keith Courville: New A+PEL Executive Director

BATON ROUGE — Keith Courville, the new Executive Director of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL), has roots in Louisiana that go back more than 250 years. Some of his mother’s family came to Iberia Parish from Spain.  Others came there from France.  His father’s parents came to the Eunice area from Nova Scotia.  As […]

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The Incredible Power of a Teacher

PINEVILLE — “The Incredible Power of a Teacher” is enough to change lives and change the world, according to former high school teacher and motivational speaker Larry Bell. Teachers can do that through creating high expectations.  “It doesn’t matter what race you are or what status you have.  All of God’s children can teach all […]

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Letter to the Editor: A Common Core Success Story

A famous scientist once said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Isn’t this what has been happening in education in the state of Louisiana? We are expecting our students to graduate from high school and college career ready; yet, there is a growing population of citizens in […]

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Letter to the Editor: Rachel Magee

An Open Letter In Response To “Despite Jindal’s ‘concerns’ about Common Core, Louisiana policy-makers stand firm” As a parent, I appreciate our state leaders, teachers, local leaders, and all professionals, community leaders, business leaders, professional organizations, parents, and students who have been and continue to commit themselves to the hard work involved in Common Core […]

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Letter to the Editor: Susan Roberts of Ouachita High

March 23, 2014 Members of the State Legislature: I write this letter in support of the common core standards. I have been a high school English teacher for the past 29 years and was named Teacher of the Year for Ouachita parish in 2012. While there are hurdles that we must clear in making this […]

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Why Louisiana Teachers Need a Professional Association, Rather Than an Industrial-Era, Assembly-Line Union

Gary Beckner is the Executive Director and Founder of the Association of American Educators, a national partner of the Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL).  For more information, go to www.aaeteachers.org. We are at a critical crossroads on the path to much needed education reform. Stakeholders from all walks of life and political stripes are beginning […]

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