BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The 2022 JumpStart convention kicked off Tuesday morning at Cane’s River Center. The convention provides Louisiana educators with knowledge on how to improve student readiness for college.
More than 800 educators from across the state showed up ready to learn, hoping to learn new tools and tactics to use in their own schools and classrooms.
“I think what we’ve done for the students is to evolve. In the past, we said we wanted students to be college and career ready, but we didn’t really know what that looked like and we didn’t really know how to get there. But we’ve developed pathways and we’re making sure they get what they need before they graduate,” West Carroll Parish Superintendent Christy Boyte said.
Educators across the state broke into sessions to learn more about effective classroom practices, preparing students for college, and resources available for teaching.
“I think whatever our role as educators, helping students achieve the best we can. And I think that’s an opportunity where students can be successful,” said Lusher Charter School science teacher Alex Cluen-Brown.
The Louisiana Department of Education is launching a new dual enrollment portal to help students progress.
“So the portal will tell you what dual enrollment is, it will share with you the available courses based on your areas of interest. You can find out if classes are online or in-person, which colleges and universities near you offer different dual-enrollment courses, and of course there are frequently asked questions,” said Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of higher education from the Louisiana Board of Regents.
The state hoped to prepare students for success before graduation, whether through vocational and technical certifications or college credit.
“I think the high school experience needs to be a lot more personalized than it was, you know, 30…40 years ago and even five years ago. The entry point of labor has shifted. We know the vast majority of students will need more than just a high school diploma at this point,” Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley said.
“There is an opportunity for every student and now is the time to learn more and get involved. We want to make sure people understand that dual registration is for everyone. There is an opportunity for every student and now is the time to learn more and get involved,” Reed said.
The statewide Dual Registration Task Force created the portal after recommendations from the legislature.