The Natchitoches Parish School Board approved a change to the 2018-2019 NPSB School Calendar. Students will return to school on Jan. 10 instead of Jan. 7. Superintendent Dale Skinner said it’s the school district’s priority to provide children with the best possible education.
“We are not only concerned about academic growth, but also social and emotional growth, he said. It is important that we equip our teachers with skills to better everyday issues in the classroom. We will be conducting professional development on discipline, classroom management, school climate/culture and teaching the whole child. These areas are a priority and we want to ensure our staff have the necessary tools.”
Faculty, staff, lunchroom workers, janitorial staff, bus drivers, and even board members if they wish to attend, will participate in a district-wide professional development Jan. 7-9.
Dr. Jesse W. Jackson III is a nationally recognized school improvement advisor and counselor who specializes in at-risk student achievement and criminal behavior prevention.
Dr. Jackson has been in private practice since 1998 and is currently one of the most requested staff development trainers in the United States on the topics of accurately addressing negative student behavior, resolving staff issues, and encouraging decisive workplace leadership. His organization has trained thousands of professional staff members, parents, and students worldwide. As a keynote speaker, seminar leader, and professional counselor, Dr. Jackson addresses more than 200,000 people each year.
He has authored fifty books—several of which have become international bestsellers—including The Best Man, Daddy Issues: Why Fathers Are Important, College or Prison: The Male Crisis of The 21st Century, “Don’t Kick Them Out!”, Divorce Is Not An Option, How to Prevent Educator Burnout, and Success or Failure: Leaders are the Difference.
Throughout his career, Dr. Jackson has visited and trained staff in over 1000 schools throughout the United States—firmly establishing a reputation as a difference-making game-changer for the organizations that he has instructed and advised. Schools that partner with Dr. Jackson commonly see lower suspension rates, higher graduation rates, improved standardized test scores, more positive student-teacher relationships, and more productive staff performance.
Dr. Jackson continues to travel weekly throughout the United States, providing students with hope and options, giving parents confidence and teachers clarity—delivering school leaders the irrefutable blueprint for school success. Recently, Dr. Jackson has developed the New Teacher Orientation training program to better prepare teachers for the “Non-Suspension Era” and the realities of teaching in impoverished school environments. The program focuses on running the classroom, preventing teacher burnout, and managing workplace relationships with coworkers and family members.
Dr. Jackson’s goal is to equip one million educators with the necessary social and emotional life skills required to teach and meet the growing needs of today’s students.
Other agenda items included:
Approve lowest bids for Processed and Frozen Food Items, Paper and Cleaning Supplies for Jan. 1-July 30, and Additions and Alterations to Lakeview High School
Approve School Activity Fund Audit for 2017-2018
Approve new provisions in the contract with Hammonds, Sills Adkins and Guice, LLP that would increase some of the hourly rates currently being charged for professional services (Increase from $100 to $150)
Giver superintendent permission to hire up to 12 tutors to work in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms at LP Vaughn
Approve Testing/Evaluation Coordinator position
Approve document authorizing superintendent to sign all necessary papers on behalf of the board to finalize the FEMA PA Match Agreement
Approve policy for Behavioral Health Services during the school day by outside behavioral health providers in response to Act 696
Approve board meeting calendar for 2019
Adopt a policy authorizing the Vice President of the board to sign legal documents in the absence of the board president. Authorization would be contingent upon written approval from the board president.