School leadership is a critical determinant of student achievement and school improvement. SLC has been chosen by the Louisiana Department of Education and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to prepare critically-needed leaders as Principals through its Alternative Certification Program. Our leadership preparation expands the knowledge and skills of participants through in-depth study while allowing them to reflect on their work and ability. Participants apply newly learned skills in real life settings students through a 125-day, in-school internship period while earning eighteen hours towards a Masters Degree in Education.

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Congratulations to Theresa Cross, TAP Master Teacher from Alice Harte Charter School and recent SLC Alternative Certification Graduate. In front of a gymnasium packed with her students, peers, visiting dignitaries and media, Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken, joined by Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White, surprised the master teacher as a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Cross is among 44 honorees for 2017-18 to receive the national recognition, which comes with an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching.”

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Interested in learning more about the Alternative Certification Program? Call the SLC office at 504-267-7239.


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