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NMSI Partners with Louisiana Department of Education on Teacher Training

NMSI is proud to partner with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to provide our nationally recognized Laying the Foundation teacher training to thousands of English Language Arts educators across the state this summer.
The Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit, which will be held June 4-5 in New Orleans, will bring together approximately 5,000 outstanding educators and content experts from across Louisiana to share their knowledge and develop new skills as they prepare for the coming school year. These teacher leaders are dedicated to fostering high expectations for students at public schools across the state and are supported by the Louisiana Department of Education with a blend of in-person and virtual professional development opportunities, including access to high-quality instructional resources. The goal is to have these leaders return to their schools and equip fellow educators with the tools and techniques they need to raise the level of academic rigor in their own classrooms.
Attendees at this year’s summit will have the opportunity to choose from over 250 sessions covering topics including setting goals, planning for and delivering high-quality instruction and assessing and reflecting on results to foster improvement for students, teachers and schools. NMSI is part of a select group of educational organizations chosen by the LDOE to help lead the summit. Our Laying the Foundation trainers will lead more than a dozen sessions, on topics including close reading strategies, building analytical writing skills, and teaching new vocabulary.
“LDOE has a singular goal for ELA instruction—to ensure all students are able to read, understand, and express understanding of grade-level, complex texts,” Whitney Whealdon, English Language Arts and Social Studies Manager at the Louisiana Department of Education’s Office of Academic Content said. “Our ELA guidebook units paired with Laying the Foundation’s approach to teacher training will provide Louisiana teachers with strong support to reach our goal.”
In late July, LDOE will also offer a series of Summer Content Institutes designed to help teachers instill in their students key ELA and math skills necessary for building college and career readiness. Experts from our Laying the Foundation program will help teachers of grades 3 through 12 master techniques and strategies to help their students confidently read, understand and communicate effectively about complex texts, both verbally and in writing. Training sessions will show teachers how to incorporate best practices including inquiry-based learning and instructional scaffolding into their lesson plans.
NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program has provided more than 40,000 teachers with content knowledge and instructional strategies needed to build true rigor into every lesson in their English, math and science classes.

“We are excited to help support Louisiana teachers,” said Michelle Stie, English Director at NMSI. “NMSI’s partnership with Louisiana’s Department of Education represents an important new phase in our ability to help teachers implement rigorous, dynamic instructional strategies as part of their teaching practice.”