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ERIC Number: EJ965116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Rising above the Floodwaters: TAP Helps Louisiana School Rebuild Professional Learning Program
Armstrong, Anthony
Journal of Staff Development, v32 n6 p46-51 Dec 2011
Hurricane Katrina blew across the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools district in Chalmette, Louisiana, on the morning of Aug. 29, 2005, bringing with it a wall of water that flooded everything for miles, putting the school system's 18 buildings under several feet of water filled with mud, gasoline, oil, dead fish, and other debris. Eleven weeks later, long before any of the district's salvageable buildings were repaired, the district reopened with one unified school housed in temporary trailers on a football field parking lot. Before the hurricane, the district served 8,800 students. When school reopened, only 334 students returned. Of the district's original 15 school buildings, eight were later deemed beyond repair and had to be demolished. The only middle school building to return to operation was N.P. Trist Middle School, which was recently recognized by the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement for its gains in student and teacher learning. For the school's successes, Trist principal Denise Pritchard credits the dedication and efforts of her staff and the rigorous practices she has learned through the TAP system. Four core elements that make up TAP's strategy for improving teacher quality and retention are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana