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Monday, October 30, 2017

Louisiana Educators: Apply Now to Join LAA+ Schools

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts began the Louisiana A+ Schools program in 2013 with the goal of empowering teachers to infuse the arts into every subject. Now its own public non-profit, LAA+ operates in 18 schools across the state is supported by GRFA through fundraising initiatives like the Aioli Dinner Supper Club.

Each year, LAA+ welcomes Louisiana schools to apply to join their diverse network by submitting a Letter of Interest.

LAA+ is the first whole school arts-integrated reform initiative of its kind to enter Louisiana. The LAA+ network provides teachers with the essentials to think more creatively about how students can apply learning to the real world, and how they can present curricula to students in ways they learn best.

"After five years, Louisiana A+ Schools has proven itself as a leader in transforming schools through our professional development training in arts integration. We are excited to welcome new schools into our growing network."
- Jacques Rodrigue, LAA+ Schools Chairman of the Board and GRFA Executive Director

Any Louisiana school (public, private, charter, urban, suburban, rural, PreK through 12) can now begin the application process to be a member of the LAA+ Schools network by visiting www.aplusla.org and completing the LETTER OF INTEREST form.

"We are thrilled to begin work with a new cadre of schools across the state. The schools in our network have seen growth in academic success and in student engagement."
- Bethany France, Director of LAA+ Schools

About A+ Schools
Started in North Carolina in 1995, A+ Schools is a research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through an arts-integrated school network. Arts integration is achieved through continuous practitioner-led professional development, statewide support networks for teachers and administrators, and school partnerships with parents, community cultural resources, media and universities. There are currently over 150 A+ Schools across the country in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest is December 1, 2017.

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