Tuesday, July 7, 2015


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Dr. Gwile Paul Freeman and Eric Chauvin Serve as Summit Presenters

More than 5,000 Louisiana educators, representing every school district in the state, gathered at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans for the third annual Louisiana Teacher Leader and Superintendents’ Collaborative Summit on June 3-5, 2015.  These initiatives are nationally-recognized efforts to ensure that educators are making decisions and visibly leading academic changes in the state.  Dr. Gwile Paul Freeman, Catahoula Parish School District Superintendent, and Mr. Eric Chauvin, Catahoula Parish School District Supervisor, led a session that was among approximately 250 professional development sessions being held at the Summit. Dr. Freeman and Mr. Chauvin presented on Jump Start:  A Rural School District Perspective.  Jump Start is the state’s new program for school districts, colleges, and businesses to collaborate in providing career courses and workplace experiences to high school students, certifying them for the career fields most likely to lead to high-wage jobs. Jump Start will be an elective path for students pursuing a university-preparatory diploma, and a required path for students pursuing a Career Diploma.Jump Start will ensure that high school students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and professionals to prepare them for careers in Louisiana’s high-growth job sectors.  Regional Jump Start teams will identify career opportunities important specifically to each region of the state, for which students may earn industry credentials. By offering credentials that give graduates an advantage in Louisiana’s economy of today and tomorrow, Jump Start will prepare our high school graduates for a productive adulthood.

Dr. Freeman and Mr. Chauvin were proud to represent the Catahoula Parish School District at this renowned event.