Cathi Cox-Boniol, currently ACHIEVE Coordinator for Lincoln Parish Schools, left a 17 year career as a secondary science teacher at Choudrant High School in 1998 to become the Site Coordinator for Louisiana Tech University's Project LIFE. While at Louisiana Tech, she moved into the Program Coordinator position for CATALyST, the university’s Center for Applied Teaching and Learning to Yield Scientific Thinking. Now forging community based partnerships through Lincoln ACHIEVE, Cox-Boniol has initiated both the STEM Satellite and STEM Seed magnet programs as well as a creative writing emphasis in partnership with Louisiana Tech and Grambling State Universities. In addition, she founded the district’s award-winning New Tech @ Ruston school, a 21st Century learning environment based around innovation, project-based learning, and integrated technology.
An instructor of online learning for PBS, she also serves as an online mentor for the national eMMS program as well as a judge for the national Innovative Teacher Awards program. Her pursuit of educational excellence for all students has garnered Cox-Boniol numerous awards and honors including Louisiana's High School Science Teacher of the Year, The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, and The Radioshack/Tandy Technology Scholars Outstanding Teacher Award. Selected to the inaugural New Tech Directors National Advisory Board where she served two terms, she was also recognized nationally with the Golden Achievement Award of Excellence for her work with ACHIEVE and most recently named among Delta Style Magazine’s “Sweet Sixteen” Most Influential Women.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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