Professional Development

Rather than supply direct literacy services to low-literacy constituents, the Boggs Center provides professional development and training to those who do provide direct services.  This includes the more than twenty organizations in the Greater New Orleans area and several statewide.

  • Workshops and forums
    These can be held with any group that needs an introduction to the state of literacy and the importance of providing literacy services.
  • Colloquia
    In the past, the Boggs Center has brought in national experts to present research findings and other kinds of information to the general public as well as to its constituency.  For example, Dr. Stephen Reder from Portland State University gave a presentation on literacy and persistence.  Dr. William Julius Wilson presented at a forum on poverty and literacy.
  • Curricula and best practices
    The Boggs Center on a regular basis advises community groups on various kinds of curricula, for training in literacy on subjects ranging from health care and family finances to disaster preparation.
  • Plain language
    The Boggs Center has provided information to community groups on access to “plain language” translation of information and documents so that they can be easily understood by those with 6th grade reading level or less.
  • ProLiteracy
    ProLiteracy champions the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies.
  • National Center for the Study of Adult Literacy and Learning (NCSALL) 
    The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) was a federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts were dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma.
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
    Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
  • LA Department of Education 
    The Louisiana Department of Education produces a variety of publications, reports and handouts. These publications provide information on programs and initiatives implemented by LDOE, as well as facts and figures on student enrollment and academic performance.
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