As CEO of the Outreach Center based in Lafayette, Valerie Keller leads a dynamic team dedicated to restoring shattered lives through comprehensive social services including housing and employment assistance, skills training, and substance abuse recovery programs for more than 5,000 low-income citizens each year. The Outreach Center's campus also features social enterprises and plans are underway for a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development.
Appointed by former Governor Blanco to the LA Housing and Economic Development Task Force and the Louisiana Recovery Authority Housing Task Force, Keller also serves on the boards of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL) Regional Advisory Board, the Louisiana Alliance of Information and Referral System (LAAIRS), the Louisiana 211 Coordinating Council, and serves as co-chair of the Louisiana Advocacy Coalition for the Homeless (LACH) and the Louisiana Supportive Housing Coalition. She is a recipient of the “Chase Bank 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition” award, the Change Agent Network's Humanitarian of the Year award, and is alumni of Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Lafayette.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Keller continued post-graduate work through executive education at Harvard’s School of Business and the Kennedy School of Government.
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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