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Play Button  Extra - Solving the dropout problem - Superintendent John White discusses how Louisiana’s Department of Education is trying to solve the dropout problem at every level.
Play Button  Extra - Early Childhood - Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John White touches on why early childhood education reform is taking place.
Play Button  Extra - Coming in 2015 - West Baton Rouge Parish Early Learning Director Crystal Leon describes how the Cohort One pilot program changes things.
Play Button  Extra - R.A.P.P.S. is… - Matt Byrnes explains what the Rapides Alternative Positive Program for Students (R.A.P.P.S.) is.
Play Button  Extra - Earn Your Day - R.A.P.P.S. Principal Matt Byrnes describes how students earn their time out of the program.
Play Button  Extra - Project Excel Format - Burnell Boudreaux with 100 Black Men explains the Project Excel mentoring program.
Play Button  Extra - Participation - Burnell Boudreaux, with 100 Black Men’s Project Excel Program, describes the partnership that makes it work.
Play Button  Extra - Our Motto - 100 Black Men’s Burnell Boudreaux explains the motto of his Baton Rouge chapter.
Play Button  Extra - Deeply Grateful - Jonathon Jackson says he wouldn’t be a senior if not for Project Excel.
Play Button  Extra - “Choices” goals - Laurie Morrow with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College touches on the goals of the “Choices” dropout prevention program.
Play Button  Extra - Community Collaboration - Laurie Morrow with the Northwest Louisiana Technical College describes the partnership that makes “Choices” successful in Sabine Parish.
Play Button  Backgrounder - Backgrounder

11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

In 2013, Louisiana’s graduation rate reached an all-time high of nearly 74%, but there still is a lot of work to do. Four parishes have dropout rates below 60 percent and twenty parishes saw an increase in their dropout numbers last year. So, how is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem? What programs are available to keep students in school? How effective are they? And when is the best time to intervene? Louisiana Public Square brings together educators and innovators to look for answers to the state’s dropout dilemma on “Destination: Graduation” Wednesday, November 26 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

“Destination: Graduation” is part of American Graduate, a public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis.”

For more information on America’s dropout problem, visit www.americangraduate.org. For additional information about Louisiana’s dropout problem, visit www.lpb.org/americangraduate.


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Our Panelists:

Learn how to get involved with Louisiana American Graduate Champions.

West Baton Rouge Parish Early Learning

100 Black Men of Greater Baton Rouge “Project Excel”

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) - Louisiana

ExxonMobil YMCA of Baton Rouge

Rapides Parish Alternative Positive Program for Students (RAPPS)




• Jourdan Lee poetry slam - Jordan Lee was one of the winners of the national Raise Up Slam Poetry Project which is part of the American Graduate initiative. She currently attends Tulane University.




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Send their full name, email, and a brief note of why you think they’re a champion in our comment/contact box below. Remember to include your name and email in the boxes provided. Thank you!

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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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