The America Achieves Educator Networks work, in targeted locations, to increase the number of students who have access to and complete a quality education pathway that leads to career and life success.
It is our pleasure to congratulate you on being selected to join the Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship! Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you and help you elevate your voice to advance college and career readiness initiatives in Louisiana. This page will be updated on a regular basis to include information and resources to utilize throughout the program.
Get pumped about championing our work. Read this short article about the power of leveraging teacher voice and leadership. Next week we’ll share the communications toolkit designed to help you spread the word about the course and advocate for career readiness best practices.
Browse through the (nearly) final curriculum. We are excited to share the revised units and look forward to walking through them together in New Orleans. Feel free to get a sneak peak of Unit 1: How I Learn and Lead, but please keep in mind that this is for your eyes only, it’s confidential, still not 100% finalized, and should not be shared externally. We’ll share a few more units next week.
Friday Materials - Slides
Saturday Materials - Slides
While most of our time together in Shreveport will be spent working on our draft curriculum units (including reviewing staff revisions and identifying needed instructional resources), Jayda has graciously volunteered to give us a taste of career development work in Bossier Parish. We’ll get to see CTC-based, industry-specific career and technical education (CTE) up close and in action; meet a variety of local students and learn about their experiences; and even enjoy their culinary artistry. To help frame the experience, please review these two documents in advance of our Friday visit:
Friday Slides - here
Saturday Slides - here
Given that much of our time together will be focused on revising our curriculum units and industry-aligned, performance tasks, please prepare by revisiting PBL for 21st Century Success - the book provided in our October meeting. Focus on the introduction, pp.5-6, and the chapters on collaboration and communication in PBL, pp.39-86. (The planning/reflection frameworks on pages 61-2 and 84-85, along with our planning rubric, should be helpful in both fleshing out units and tasks and beginning to think about what success would look like.)
Friday - slides
Saturday - slides
Friday - Slides
Saturday - Slides
To make the best use of our time together, we request that you spend a few hours before you arrive at our opening reception reading by reviewing the following resources, which will be referenced during convening sessions:
America Achieves is pleased to cover travel, ground transportation, lodging, and meal costs for educators while attending Fellowship meetings. America Achieves is not able to reimburse for incidentals, alcohol, unapproved flight/train changes or cancellation fees, and internet service on flights/trains.
America Achieves is happy to book your travel for you or, if the total cost of your round-trip travel is within the parameters below, you may book your travel without consulting us. By choosing to have America Achieves book your travel, you will be responsible for reimbursing America Achieves for the cost of the ticket and any change fees, if you do not attend the meeting. If the cost of travel is above the amounts listed below, please contact us for approval before purchasing.
America Achieves will cover your mileage when driving to Fellowship meetings at the 2018 federal rate of 54.5 cents/mile. This mileage allowance is in lieu of actual expenses for gasoline, oil, repairs, tags, insurance, and depreciation. Please attach a screenshot of your route to your reimbursement form to receive compensation for the use of your personal car.
America Achieves will cover your taxi/cab/subway ride to the train station or airport and to and from the meeting venue. Please ensure you retain all receipts when taking a ground transportation. Private cars/drivers, are not eligible for reimbursement.
America Achieves will cover your parking during Fellowship meetings. Please lookout for specific parking instructions prior to the meeting.
America Achieves will cover your own (individual) hotel room for the duration of the Fellowship meeting, including tax. Please be sure to bring your ID and credit card for incidentals, as we will cover the room and tax only. Unless pre-approved by staff, any additional items (movies, snacks in your room, bar or restaurant, etc.) purchased by you during your stay is your financial responsibility. If you encounter any unforeseen circumstances or last-minute emergencies, and do not think you will be staying at the hotel after all, please contact us as soon as possible. We want to be sure you are okay as well as cancel any unused hotel rooms to avoid a penalty.
America Achieves will cover your meals whiling traveling to Fellowship meetings and any meals designated as "on your own". We are unable to reimburse for alcohol or meals that are already provided at the convening. Total daily meal expenses should not exceed the following: Breakfast - $10, Lunch - $20, and Dinner - $30.
America Achieves will process reimbursements for pre-approved travel, mileage, ground transportation, and meals after the meeting. All eligible reimbursement forms must be accompanied by an itemized receipt and, if requesting mileage reimbursement, a screenshot of the route driven must be provided. All items purchased are subject to the Fellowship’s discretion and if deemed unacceptable may not be reimbursed. If you are in doubt, please check with us first. Please note that reimbursements are deposited directly into Fellows' bank accounts and typically arrive within 4-6 weeks after the submission deadline. Please download, complete, and send this reimbursement form along with your itemized receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org after the meeting.
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