NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  LA. A+ SCHOOLS, INC (d/b/a Louisiana A+ Schools)

The recipient entity's physical address:
           100 Lafayette St., Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA, 70801

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           Rodrigue Foundation, 747 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA, 70130

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Jacques Rodrigue

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  6212

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $150,000

What type of request is this?  Both

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Jacques Rodrigue, Chairman
514 Mandeville St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

Jason Dore, Vice Chair
1817 Olive St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Laura Ashley, Secretary
1201 Canal St.
Unit 570
New Orleans, LA 70112

Bethany France, Executive Director
9418 Woodbine St
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Louisiana A+ Schools is a research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through an arts-integrated school network.

Arts-integration, a national trend, involves infusing some type of art (visual art, music, performing, etc.) into every classroom and every traditional subject (math, science, history, etc.).

Schools commit to a set of eight A+ Essentials which they learn about during the initial Summer Institute. Creativity is nurtured through each of the Essentials so that the adult learner begins to understand the powerful role of the arts to unlock new ways of learning and imaginative strategies to make connections within the curriculum.

Any school (public, private, charter, urban, suburban, rural, PreK3 through 12) can be a member of the A+ School network. LAA+ chose the following eighteen schools to join our network after an intense application process.

2013 Schools
1. South Highlands Elementary Magnet - Shreveport
2. Grace Episcopal School - Monroe
3. Epiphany Day School - New Iberia
4. The Dufrocq School - Baton Rouge
5. Riverside Academy - Reserve
6. Martin Behrman Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences - New Orleans

2014 Schools
7. Homer A. Plessy Community School - New Orleans
8. St. Helena Arts & Technology Academy - Greensburg
9. Homer Elementary School - Homer

2015 Schools
10. Howell Park Elementary School, Baton Rouge
11. Park Elementary School, Baton Rouge
12. Rollins Place Elementary School, Zachary
13. J Wallace James Elementary School, Lafayette
14. Ridge Elementary School, Duson
15. Messiah Montessori School, Houma
16. ReNew McDonogh City Park Academy, New Orleans

2016 Schools
17. Bains Lower Elementary School, St. Francisville
18. Lake Charles Charter Academy, Lake Charles

We are seeking funding in order to provide more professional development to teachers and expand our network of schools across the state.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $150,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Louisiana A+ Schools seeks to improve education in Louisiana through professional development for teachers in arts integration. Each year new schools are added to the network and we provide training to their entire faculties during both the summer and school year.

Our trainings allow teachers to teach in ways that students learn best. Thorough research proves that the arts engage students in the multiple ways that they learn. Additionally, research proves that students taught through the arts have:

1. Higher Student Achievement
2. Better Attendance of Students and Teachers
3. Decreased Discipline Problems
4. Stronger Parent and Community Involvement
5. A More Creative and Joyful School Climate

Plus, the results we see are even more evident in populations that are high poverty and in traditionally struggling schools districts. We know that if more schools adopted our art-integrated teaching methods that more students will have the 21st century skills necessary for success in life. Therefore, if more students are better prepared to enter the workforce, Louisiana will immediately see the economic impact by having a more versatile and skilled population.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The goal of Louisiana A+ Schools is to consistently expand our network of schools. By expanding the network and training more teachers we know we will see students that are more well rounded and have the self confidence for success in life.

Recent research has confirmed that our program achieves the following goals:

Schools yielded tangible successes in school climate improvement, student engagement, and arts integration.

Teachers who attended the LAA+ Summer Institute were significantly more likely to implement arts integration lessons that were highly effective at deepening students' contest knowledge through the arts.

The core feature of the LAA+ model has proven to be effective in training teachers to be engaging arts integration practitioners.

Students are presented with opportunities to grow as critical thinkers and artists on a regular basis in LAA+ arts integration classes.

Parental involvement increased, teachers began sharing arts integration strategies and supporting one another as arts integration practitioners, and students had opportunities to think critically and creatively while collaborating with their peers.

Student engagement in arts integration lessons was generally high.

Teachers employed an interactive teaching approach more frequently than a lecture-based approach. This aligns with several of the Eight A+ Essentials including multiple learning pathways, collaboration, and experimental learning.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The project is ongoing because new schools are constantly brought into the program.

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Jacques Rodrigue 
                                       address:  Jacques Rodrigue
George Rodrigue Foundation
747 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

                                       phone:  3378498097
                                       relationship to entity:  Chairman