LSU School of Education’s Pamela Blanchard Honored With Louisiana Science Teachers Association Award





November 5, 2018

BATON ROUGE–At a ceremony on November 4th, Associate Professor Pamela Blanchard, PhD, was honored with the 2019 Louisiana Science Teachers Association’s William Craig Outstanding University Educator Award.

While the award is not presented every year, it honors university faculty members who have reached out to K-12 educators and have made a difference in their careers. “[Dr. Blanchard’s nomination] was compiled and submitted by colleagues who asked that it be kept confidential until after the scoring process had been completed,” says LSTA Awards Coordinator Jan Graff.

Through her Coastal Roots program, Dr. Blanchard introduces students to real-world problems and allows them the opportunity to see how they are making Louisiana a better place to live and enjoy.

Students in elementary school through high school learn about the environment and natural resources by growing native plant seedlings and grass plugs in nurseries at their schools. Eventually, the students travel together to coastal areas to plant their seedlings to help restore Louisiana’s coast.

The Coastal Roots program initially started with a handful of schools and has now grown into a network of 52 schools across 20 parishes in the state of Louisiana.

“The LSU School of Education is very proud Dr. Pam Blanchard was selected as the LSTA William Craig Outstanding University Educator Award winner for 2019,” says F. Neil Mathews, PhD, director of the School of Education and Olinde Endowed Professor.

“She is an outstanding science educator and is a legend among those familiar with her Coastal Roots project that has educated thousands of Louisiana students and teachers about the value of protecting the coast with plant restoration field trips.  She combines the best of science education theory, policy, and practice with a unique dedication to providing leadership for the sciences. The award is well-deserved recognition.”

About LSU School of Education (SOE)

A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, SOE offers undergraduate programs for students who want to pursue a career as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teacher or acquire dual certification in both traditional elementary and special education classrooms. Besides providing graduate certification in early childhood education and instructional coaching, SOE offers a master’s degree in arts, arts in teaching, education (MEd), education in counseling (MEd), certificate of education specialist (EdS) and PhD. The School’s mission is to prepare educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

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About LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE)

Located on the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, the University Laboratory School and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs. CHSE current enrollment includes approximately1,800 undergraduates and more than 1,900 graduate students. CHSE is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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