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Virtual Professional Development: Self-Care Series

LFT will host a series of self-care professional development courses open to members of LFT across the state of Louisiana.  These courses will provide self-care tips to educators.

Please use this link to register:

Handling Stress - October 17th, 9:00 AM

Taking Care of Your Well-Being - November 14th, 9:00 AM

Helping Children Regulate Emotions During Challenging Times

During these unprecedented times, our students and our own children are experiencing a range of unpleasant emotions, including anxiety, frustration and boredom. As the adults in their lives, it’s crucial that we make space for our children’s feelings and support them in managing those feelings. In this webinar, Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel, and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, will share a four-step process to help adults be emotionally intelligent role models for children and teach them key strategies that support healthy self-regulation. Register now and watch his recent webinar on demand.

When: Thursday, May 21, at 3 p.m. CDT

Where: Webinar, Share My Lesson

Preventing Summer Learning Loss: Strategies for Educators, Districts and Parents

Summer learning loss is not a new issue, but this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators and parents alike are concerned about how we can continue to prevent learning loss. This year, school closures amid the pandemic threaten to slow students’ academic progress even more. During this webinar, the presenters will share actionable strategies and resources to address summer learning loss.

When: Thursday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. CDT

Where: Webinar, Share My Lesson

How Parents Can Help Stem a COVID-19 Learning Slide

ACT and the American Federation of Teachers want to help teachers, parents and students navigate learning during the COVID-19 crisis. Are you familiar with the “summer slide” when students tend to lose academic ground? With many states canceling in-school instruction for the rest of the academic year, how do we combat a “COVID-19 learning slide” while keeping the social and emotional health of our youth front and center?

When: Thursday, May 7, at 12 p.m. CDT

Where: Webinar, Share My Lesson

Distance Learning & ELLs: What Have We Learned So Far?

The challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic are many. Although distance learning has quickly become the default solution for the more than 54 million students displaced by school closures, it is estimated that 25-50 percent of the 5 million English language learners around the country either do not have the appropriate technology devices needed for online learning or access to the internet. Join us to learn more about some best practices we are seeing thus far for both groups of ELLs—those with Internet access and those without.

When: Thursday, April 30th at 2 p.m. CDT

Where: Webinar, Share My Lesson

Simple Digital Tools for Online Learning

Are you “distance teaching,” trying to stay connected with your students during this crisis? Even the most tech-savvy among us could use some support during this stressful time, so the AFT is bringing together some of our local experts to help. During this webinar for AFT members, you will hear from fellow educators as they do some quick demos of digital tools like Flipgrid and Screencastify that can help you connect with your students in a meaningful way.

When: Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m. CDT

Where: Webinar, Share My Lesson

Fulfilling the Promise of Industry-Based Certification via Distance Learning

Even though students and teachers are working from home, students may still earn industry-based certifications in their career and technical education (CTE) classes. All it takes is a little creativity, collaboration, and setup.

Join the United Teachers of New Orleans for a free workshop to learn how we can continue setting our students up for career success.

LFT announces a major, free teacher resource

Lesson plans, professional development credit and more offered to teachers

(November 29, 2017) A free Web portal with access to valuable teaching resources is now open to teachers in our state, Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter announced today.

“LFT Share My Lesson offers teachers over 400,000 free teaching materials, with more added every day,” said Carter. “Teachers can get professional development credits there, and also share their ideas with other teachers from around the country.”


How to survive and thrive in testing season

Standarized testing season is about to begin. And as history teaches us, it is inevitable that some educators around the state (and around the country) will be accused of testing improprieties.

Here is an essential guide from LFT General Counsel Larry Samuel to guard against mistakes, errors and stress during testing season.