Jun 12, 2013 7:25 PM by Chris Welty

Thousands of Teachers Training in Lafayette

About two thousand teachers from across the state are at the Cajundome and Convention Center for the next two days.

The goal is to train and prepare for changes in curriculum and standardized testing next school year.

In 2010, Louisiana adopted what's called Common Core State standards in English, Language Arts and Math. The new goals define what students need to learn each year to stay on track for college and careers. The new curriculum is more rigorous and focused on long-term success.

"We can no longer go and just rely on what we've been doing or lesson plans we've been using."

Natasha Hunter has taught for nine years in Monroe. She says the curriculum should focus on students, incorporating new strategies so students think outside of the box.

"We want to see are they able to go through and read and comprehend on their own to ask certain questions that pull out different responses even within students talking to other students," said Hunter.

The new model is in line with "PARCC," the online standardized test going into effect in the 2014-2015 school year.

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Member, Holly Boffy says the curriculum lets teachers go deeper into subjects, making evaluating students' needs easier.

"It's important to think about students interests and readiness when we make decisions about curriculum and that will make all of this a success," said Boffy.

Teachers say this is an exciting time for education and the changes in curriculum will help encourage students to interact more in daily lessons.

"They are learning differently with electronics and technology taking over. The level of thinking is so different. In order to get them where they need to be, it's all in the power of planning," said Hunter.

Thursday, State Superintendent of Education John White will host a breakfast discussing issues in the education system as well as priorities to move the system forward.

Chris Welty



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