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Maya Bennett
Common Core Teacher Leader

Maya Bennett is the Reading Interventionist at Capitol Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also serves her campus as a Teacher Leader on Common Core and the state of Louisiana as a Teacher Leader Advisor.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and will receive her maser’s in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University in May. To boot, Maya is a proud Teach For America alumna and graduate of Advance Innovative Education’s principal certification program.

As a Teacher Leader, Maya works directly with representatives from the state department of education to chart a course toward excellence as it relates to the implementation of Common Core as well as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. In this work she has the opportunity to develop her colleagues and support their effort to transform their instructional practice in order to meet the new academic standards. Her role also allows her to work directly with students in their literacy acquisition.

Maya believes in the powerful words of Nelson Mandela and strives to bring them to life, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.’

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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