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LANGUAGE SKILLS CLASS
Language Skills classes are offered to students at the high school level as an alternative method of providing speech therapy services. Students attend the class daily and are taught language-learning strategies to enable them to communicate more effectively in school.


LEARNING-INTENSIVE NETWORKING COMMUNITIES FOR SUCCESS (LINCS)

LINCS is a professional development project that helps teachers to strengthen the design and implementation of standards-based lessons in the classroom. The intent of the program is to improve the academic achievement of K-12 students, as measured by standardized testing. The model uses the Whole-Faculty Study Group (WFSG) method for teachers to explore and develop content knowledge, research-based instructional and assessment strategies, classroom management techniques, and technology skills. Regularly scheduled meetings are held throughout the year for teachers to examine a variety of ways to improve student achievement at their schools.

LOUISIANA EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM ( LEAP) ACCELERATION
The program seeks to identify students who will benefit from activities that will increase critical thinking and problem solving skills. Extended learning activities are planned at each school outside the school day to provide accelerated learning opportunities.

LOUISIANA EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM ( LEAP) INTERVENTION
Students identified at risk of scoring below the passing level on the English/language arts or mathematics portions of the LEAP test are provided additional, focused instruction in the identified subject area(s). Activities include individual or small group tutoring and other instructional options both during and after the school day.

LOUISIANA EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (LEAP) REMEDIATION
A summer remediation program is provided to students in grades four and eight who have scored below the passing level on the spring LEAP test. The program is offered, prior to the summer retesting, at no cost to students who score below the passing level on the English/language arts or the mathematics portions of the spring LEAP tests. Students who enrolled after the testing dates or were absent during testing also are eligible to attend prior to taking the test for the first time in the summer. Transportation is provided to program sites throughout the parish.

Remediation also is offered during the school year for students not meeting LEAP requirements in any subject. These services may include placement in alternative learning settings, individual/small group tutoring, or other instructional options appropriate to the students’ needs.

LOUISIANA INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY (INTECH) TRAINING PROGRAM
INTECH is an intensive, structured, 56-hour staff development program for K-12 teachers. INTECH provides many examples of effective technology-based strategies that support and enhance curriculum. Teachers learn how to integrate instructional technology into the student-centered classroom. Louisiana’s Content Standards are the basis for all technology-connected lessons and lesson planning activities. INTECH training cycles are offered throughout the school year and during the summer months.

LOUISIANA TEACHER ASSISTANCE AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (LTAAP)
The “Children First Act,” passed by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1988, mandated a statewide teacher assessment program to award certification to teachers who are teaching for the first time in a Louisiana public school. Teachers participating in the LaTAAP process are assigned a mentor for two years to provide support and assistance. In the second year of the LaTAPP process, teachers are assessed by an external assessor and an administrator. The new teachers must demonstrate competence in all assessed portions of the Louisiana Components of Effective Teaching, to receive a recommendation for certification to teach in Louisiana public schools.

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