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Extremely cute puppies by Joey Lehrman…

I’ve been getting some requests to return to my blog roots by posting pictures of extremely cute puppies. And although my various blogs are more focused on the political and social fabric of New Orleans, I couldn’t resist when I saw these pictures! #lifeasadogtrainer

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Louisiana and the Common Core

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Although approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) in 2010, the adoption of the Common Core curriculum is beginning to ignite controversy amongst students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

Click here to learn about the Federal Common Core State Standards initiative.

The national standards are designed to increase the rigor and academic performance of our nation’s students in math, reading, and writing. As Louisiana has now begun rolling out the new standards, including statewide tests that reflect the rigor of the Common Core (which will take effect fully with national assessments in 2015), many schools are starting to adopts some of the standards now. And some schools, like John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Lake Charles, are doing their part to educate the public about what must be done now to prepare for the switch in a few years.

The principal of John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Lake Charles, Dinah Robinson, saw so much confusion among parents that her school hosts Common Core training sessions for mothers and fathers about twice a month — turning the parents into learners.

Click here to access Common Core coverage in The Advocate.

As a lifelong New Orleans resident and public school teacher, I have experience many forms of resistance to change. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the resistance is usually born out of uncertainty rather than substantive issues. So, let’s all learn about the Common Core and what it means for our students and schools before we draw any conclusions.

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Super Bowl Preparations Continue with Joey Lehrman

As the road construction, airport renovations, and massive preparations continue in anticipation of Super Bowl XLVII, there is a glimmer of calm in the lateset announcement from the LADOT.

The Interstate 10 on-ramps from Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie are scheduled to open Friday at mid-day. They are the last major pieces of work to be completed in the $86.6 million overhaul of the I-10 interchange at Causeway Boulevard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation of Development said Thursday.

You can read the full article here.  While this is great news about the progress of the city’s many ongoing repair projects, I’m still concerned that many of these are just surface level to add short-term beauty to the city for the many tourists sure to flood our streats for the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras.  Hopefully the decisions being made and dollars being spent are also long-term invesetments in our infrastructure and economic future.

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New Orleans, LA

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Joey Lehrman and More Koalas!

The response from readers has been incredibly overwhelming… so by popular demand, here are some more great KOALAS!

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Joey Lehrman and More Pictures!

Joey Lehrman and More Pictures

The response to my series of little critter pictures lately that I will continue it for another week!  Keep the positive response coming; and constructive criticism is welcomed too!

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Joey Lehrman Dogs #2

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