LAP Office - North
LAP Office - South
Dr. Ragan Lorraine
As May approaches, state testing and end of the school year activities are in full swing. This year has been a "Nacho Average" School Year! But the perseverance and dedication of Louisiana students, teachers, principals, faculty and staff have shined through and made the 20-21 school year a success. As more changes come down from the state, we have shown that we will adapt to whatever is thrown our way. May the summer bring everyone rest and rejuvenation that is needed and deserved.
Front Row: Albay Hanks, EDgear representative; Rae Addison, Horace Mann representative; Ivy Alford, SREB representative; Matthew Jakuback, Horace Mann representative; Jordan Price, VIRCO representative; Joseph David, LAP Executive Director.
Back Row: Dennis Stewart, MS POY; Robert Schaff, APOY; Dione Bradford, Overall La. POY; and Jerel Bryant, HS POY. Not shown is Rachelle Brown, ES POY.
LAP recently hosted the Louisiana Principals of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year and their sponsors at the LSU-Vanderbilt baseball game on Saturday, April 3.
Rae Addison, Dione Bradford, Albay
Hanks, and Joe David.
Matthew Jakuback, Jerel Bryant,
Jordan Price, and Joseph David
Rae Addison, Ivy Alford, Dennis Stewart,
and Joseph David
Joseph David, Robert Schaff, Asst.
Principal of the Year, and Albay Hanks.
Rachelle Brown, Elementary Principal of the Year, was unable to attend.
Joe David and Rachelle
It has been a year that no one could believe would have happened. So many changes to education and the world. Our biggest concern is what is happening in Louisiana’s education system. Many schools have returned to brick-and-mortar education. Many are using a hybrid model or even entirely virtual. The face of our education system may never look as it used to.
Our Accountability system is adjusting with the times. Dr. Cade Brumley is leading our state with these changes. They are coming slow, but the state department is being cautious in their decisions. Their design is to have as much data possible to make educated decisions on student growth and measures of school accountability. We will know more in the next few months.
Social Studies standards are changing as we speak. The Steering Committee has met to discuss changes to how grade level history is taught. Civics is being recommended to replace US History as the high school EOC. Some of these changes may be difficult but I believe in the end will be the best for our students in Louisiana.
The legislature is looking at several education bills. Many of them will not pass but we are watching them closely. Concerns about discipline, school funds, planning periods, LHSAA, and hiring principals are all on the agenda. I will keep you updated if any of these bills do make it into law.
Most importantly are the challenges you are facing as Administrators in your day-to-day expectations. I speak with principals often who have so much on their plate they are overwhelmed. I can only say to you is hang in there. I know you are doing an excellent job because I also speak with your staff members who appreciate everything you are doing to keep your school running. Students FIRST should always be your concern and that is what you are accomplishing. You will never go wrong if you put your student needs ahead of all the many tasks you complete each day.
Summer is almost here. We are planning our Fall Conference for September 26-27, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. We hope that capacity will be at 100 percent and school will look more “normal.” Please mark the dates on your calendar. Dr. Adolph Brown will be our keynote and you will enjoy him immensely. We look forward to seeing you there!
Nominations are now open for the Horace Mann/Louisiana Association of Principals $1,000 Aspiring Principal Scholarship. Deadline for nominations is May 14, 2021.