LSU Co-hosts Superintendents from Across the Country in an Effort to Enhance STEM Education

November 07, 2022

CC&E joined with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and LSU's College of Human Sciences and Education to host AASA, the school superintendent's association, for their STEM Leadership Consortium.

Dean Chris D'Elia delivers opening remarks

CC&E Dean Chris D'Elia delivers opening remarks.

BATON ROUGE - LSU’s College of the Coast & Environment, along with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, or EBRPSS and LSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education, or CHSE, is excited to co-host the STEM Leadership Consortium of the AASA, the school superintendents’ association. Superintendents and their staff from the states of Louisiana, Illinois, Alabama, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio are attending this event.

One of the central topics of the consortium is the Eva Legard Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies. The Eva Legard Center is an open enrollment, STEM-focused school launched in August of 2022, as a collaboration between LSU, EBRPSS and JASON Learning, a nonprofit organization providing curriculum and learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students and professional development for teachers. As a Focus Choice school, Eva Legard uses an immersive approach to teaching coastal environmental studies based on its hands-on, experiential curriculum. This innovative model can be replicated around the country.

The Eva Legard Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies provides local scholars the opportunity to receive education in a field that is critical to Louisiana’s future. This initiative prepares individuals to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in coastal and environmental science or enter the workforce. During their time in the school, they will learn from educators who have received special training in coastal environmental issues from CC&E faculty. LSU graduate students are serving as subject matter experts in the school.

In addition to discussing issues of national importance, the participants will tour the LSU Center of River Studies and laboratories in the LSU College of the Coast & Environment.