A+ in Louisiana
Louisiana students deserve a more engaged and successful education experience. Research shows that schools that teach through an arts-integrated curriculum have students that are both engaged and successful.
After spending over a year learning more about the A+ system by working with Oklahoma A+ Schools, GRFA knows that the time is now to start an A+ System in Louisiana. We first introduced this plan to start Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) during the week of June 4, 2012, at information sessions in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
For 10 years, Oklahoma A+ Schools has had the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Oklahoma City as a higher education partner. A higher education partner is essential because they can:
In Louisiana, Louisiana State University (LSU) would like to have a similar role for LAA+ Schools. For Louisiana, having LSU as an in-state higher education partner means that the work to start an A+ network can start NOW!
You Tube Video: Dean Laurence Kaptain, LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts, talks about A+ Schools and the role of LSU.
Plan to Start LAA+
It will take three (3) years for OKA+ to work with citizens of Louisiana in order to form a self-sufficient LAA+ Network. A full time line is below (click to enlarge), however, here are some important points to note:
If you would like more information about GRFA's A+ implementation plan or if you would like to be a partner to help start a LAA+ network, please contact us or consult our A+ FAQ.
2010 Art Contest Artwork
"Playing with Mudbugs" by Cayla Zeek from Lafayette, LA won our 6th place prize of a
$2,500 college scholarship.