High School Redesign
Capitol is proud to be a part of the Louisiana High School Redesign Cohort. High School Redesign, as it is referred to for short, is an effort to improve the post-secondary education readiness and increase the overall value of our time with our scholars. The cohort is comprised of 31 high schools across the state and facilitated by the Louisiana Board of Education, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University. The cohort will be guided by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Our membership in the High School Redesign cohort is supportive of our goals to meet the requirements of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA mandates that local school systems develop plans to improve the growth of students in schools that are struggling.
After going through the rigorous, multi-phase application process of ESSA last school year we were notified of our acceptance this year. We were pleased to find out that our plan was approved and major components of that plan, tier 1 curricula and professional development, received funding. Our plan was rooted in four key structures; improve the instructional quality, create post-secondary pathways, provide academic support and organize adults to maximize the impact.
To improve the instructional quality, the grant has allowed us to purchase Tier 1 curricula. Our educators are trained and guided through bringing the new curricula to our scholars. Having our educators properly trained on how to teach with these new curricula will ensure that they understand what they are teaching and leads to a better educational experience for our scholars. In an effort to create post-secondary pathways we have begun to offer Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment courses, as well as Jump Start Pathways certifications. AP and Dual Enrollment help prepare our scholars for a collegiate environment by providing them with a higher level of knowledge and the opportunity to test out of courses that most higher education institutions require for general education credits. Jump Start Pathways certifications allow students to gain skills needed to enter the workforce through trades.
Capitol offers academic support by counseling and coaching our scholars through making the decision of, “what do I do after high school?” Such counseling provides students with the support they need to make informed decisions and helps them plot the steps necessary during high school to set them up for post-secondary success. A part of the new plan that we have developed we must find a way to organize our educators and administrators in a way that maximizes our impact on our scholars. This includes efficient meetings across teams and useful professional development that our educators can take back to the classroom.