Every Student Succeeds Act – Input

Dear United States Department of Education,

I believe an invaluable strategy to recruit, develop, and retain teachers and leaders of color is to create cohorts of high school seniors who are interested in education and allow them to attend professional education organizations. Once these young and brilliant leaders see the commitment, professionalism, and zeal of educators who look like them – the fire will catch on naturally.

Many students of color are influenced daily by educators of color. Allow them to “step into the shoes” of an educator – a professional who is taken seriously and one who advocates for his/her profession with the utmost respect. Allow students of color to help create updated “curriculum” and “workshops” which reflect them and their lives as valuable and human. I believe this will breathe life into the teaching profession once the stigma of “whining teachers” are lifted and removed.


Jalissa Bates, M.A.

Louisiana State University Upward Bound Instructor

NCTE Louisiana Policy Analyst

Louisiana Enters Phase One of New Skills For Youth Grant Opportunity

The state of Louisiana and 24 other states have been awarded phase one of the New Skills For Youth grant opportunity. The $100,000 grant is aimed to develop a “detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.”

This grant is intended for high school students.

Louisiana State Superintendent of Education John White states, “These funds will be used to maximize the number of Jump Start graduation pathways available to students in high schools across the state, finding ways to help students earn industry-valued credentials that will help them attain entry-level employment in Louisiana’s most promising industry sectors.”

Read more at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/newsroom/news-releases/2016/03/30/louisiana-awarded-grant-to-assist-in-accelerating-statewide-implementation-of-jump-start.

Louisiana Assessment Packages Revamped

During a Hunt Institute conference call, Rebecca Kockler, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Content at Louisiana’s Department of Education, hopes to provide high quality materials and confident teachers in a revamping of the state’s assessment system for testing.

Building communication and training structures that goes directly to teachers, principals, and districts aims to be the approach by the Louisiana Department of Education.

For more information on structures to support districts, visit the link below at


Discuss Here! James Baldwin “A Talk to Teachers”

Greetings educators,

We’ll use this thread for our discussion on James Baldwin’s essay “A Talk to Teachers.”

The questions are “How can I positively impact the education of AA students?” and “How do we sustain positive cultures, and how can we motivate and inspire students to learn?”

These questions provide a frame for our discussion; however, our discussion is not limited to these questions. Feel free to pose your own questions.



  • Set the tone and allow students to teach concepts to each other
  • Allow students to struggle with complex concepts. Intellectual frustration is necessary for growth
  • Be reflective of your teaching. Keep a reflection journal
  • Divide daily reflective journal entries into two sections – management and instruction. What worked?
  • Your students watch your every move, so give them a show. All the world’s a stage
  • Use instrumentals to alter the mood. Sometimes students (and teachers) need to be uplifted
  • Teach your students the concept of the autodidact

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Welcome Meagan K. Belvin

THE YOUNG SCHOLAR SOCIETY welcomes contributing writer, Meagan K. Belvin.  Meagan is a poet and writer and is active in community development. She received her Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from Louisiana State University in 2015 with special concentrations in African American Studies, Sociology, and Leadership Development. She is a contributing author and was recently published in “America, The Beautiful: In Spite of It All!,”an exploration of cultural identities. Currently, Meagan is a Workforce Development Coordinator at a local nonprofit agency where she assists with resume writing and career planning, as well as facilitates trainings that teach employability skills. She is an active member of Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management.