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Panelist Bio


Joyce Haynes
President of the Louisiana Association of Educators

Joyce Haynes has served as the President of the Louisiana Association of Educators for three years.
She brings the wisdom of a thirty-six year veteran of the public education system with her. She has experience as a Teacher’s Assistant, Classroom Teacher of 6th and 8th Grade Social Studies, and was voted Outstanding Educator in 1983. She is a statewide trainer for new teachers, mentors, and assessors and a board member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She also serves as a trustee for District 6 of the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL).

Joyce Haynes grew up in Opelousas, LA and graduated from J. S. Clark High School. Her distinguished education includes, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the ULL, a Master of Arts degree in Education from LSU, and she has earned a “Thirty Plus” distinction from Southern University.

Ms. Haynes has exhibited a staunch commitment to advocacy. On the local level she has worked with the St. Landry Association of Educators and held many positions including President of that organization. On the state level, she has worked with the Louisiana Association of Educators for many years serving as a delegate to LAE Conventions, and holding many board positions, including the current presidency of LAE since 2007. On the national level, she has served on the NEA Board of Directors, a delegate to NEA Conventions, and has served on numerous education-excellence initiative committees.

Today, Ms. Haynes is very active in legislative action and can be found lobbying legislators, speaking on behalf of the Louisiana’s public education system and fighting for educational agendas at the capital. With the desire, experience, and vision to lead, she advocates for all children in Louisiana.

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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