Public Meeting to explain how $10.5 million Grant will impact Iberville students beginning in 2011-12 school year

Staff reports

Iberville Parish School System representatives will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 11, to explain how a $10.5 million TIF grant will be used to improve student performance and teacher effectiveness, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.

The meeting will be held at the Op Center in Plaquemine at 5 p.m. Iberville is the only district in Louisiana that received the evaluation grant, which will be used to implement the TAP program.  TAP is a performance-based compensation program that rewards teachers and principals for improving student achievement and also provides additional resources for teacher effectiveness.

Some of the benefits of this program include increasing student achievement through more rigorous coursework, providing teaching strategies for teachers, consistently analyzing student data, and increasing teacher performance and effectiveness through professional development, training and evaluations. TAP has been proven to increase school and district performance scores in school systems where it has been implemented.

“Parents will see a difference in the classrooms,” explained AlNita Miller, director of the program. “The teachers will individualize classroom instruction to focus on the needs of the students individually and as a whole.  Teachers will be required to participate in weekly professional development sessions that will be held during the school day.  These weekly professional development sessions will ensure that teachers are prepared to address the academic needs of all children,” explain AlNita Miller, TIF Grant/TAP Coordinator.