How LAA+ Works
Below are the six stages to becoming an LAA+ School. For more information, please contact us.
Any Louisiana School (public, private, charter, elementary, middle school, or high school) is invited to submit a Letter of Interest to join the LAA+ network.
LAA+ Staff will then visit the school to share more information about program participation and expectations.
Prior to submitting the formal application, schools must hold a vote to ensure that minimum of 85% or more of their full-time faculty is committed to adopting arts integration and implementing A+.
School applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of LAA+ staff, board members and Fellows. Several factors are used to determine selection including need, the school's capacity to fully implement the program, and funding.
New schools are notified in the Spring and begin their LAA+ journey with a 5-day Summer Institute for their entire school faculty.
During the 5-day initial summer institute, A+ Fellows train all member schools on how to operate under the eight A+ Essentials. At least 85% of a school's staff must attend the training in order to achieve whole school transformation.
After the first summer institute, member schools are functioning A+ Schools with access to the entire network of resources.
Schools collaborate around curriculum, mapping the instruction so that interdisciplinary concepts emerge that encourage cross-curricular integration, and the use of multiple intelligences to structure learning opportunities for students.
Ongoing Professional Development
As long as a school is a member of the network with a commitment to the A+ Essentials, they receive on-site customized training by the A+ Fellows and schools continue to attend trainings at additional summer institutes.
Schools are not considered fully implemented until having three years of professional development training.
Research by LAA+ higher education partners document changes in the climate of A+ schools that foster an engaging learning environment.
Researchers ensure that the infrastructure in member A+ schools supports common planning time, shared vision, and faculty commitment to the goal of schools that work for everyone.
Learn more about the research here.