St. John technology team teaching others

Published 12:04 am Saturday, November 7, 2015

RESERVE — St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District Technology Facilitator Tanya Faucheux and Coordinator of Educational Technology Bonnie Dinvaut have been chosen as presenters for the 31st annual Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators conference.

It is the sixth consecutive year the two have been chosen to present at the conference, which takes place Dec. 7-9 in New Orleans.

This year’s topic will be “How Can I Close the Gap? Where am I Going?… Keep Calm and Use Formative Assessment.”

“We will be showing them an assessment we use to develop instruction and resources to fill in gaps that may have been missed and how this helps differentiate instruction in the classroom,” Dinvaut said.

The process, incorporating Renaissance Learning software, has been used successfully in the St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District for the past three years.

“With our teachers successfully intervening to fill those gap skills, we’ve seen an increase in individual student achievement,” Faucheux said.

“It makes an individual prescription plan for each student, and we are able to meet them where they are, because each student is different.”

The presentation has once again earned the two the designation of Renaissance Distinguished Educators, which is given to those serving as a source of inspiration and support to help other educators achieve student growth.

LACUE is a professional nonprofit organization that recognizes and promotes the use of computers in education.

Last year’s conference brought together more than 2,000 teachers, teacher educators, administrators, policymakers and industry representatives from all over Louisiana as well as the United States.