Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced the launch of Uniquely Louisiana at the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Uniquely Louisiana is a comprehensive portal of educational resources from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
“Our office is thankful to gain the support of the BESE Board for our online educational portal Uniquely Louisiana,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “I appreciate the support of these members who are such strong encouragers of educational programs and opportunities in our state. This portal allows us to showcase the treasures of Louisiana and combine them with meaningful educational support. It also allows our students to encourage their parents to allow them to visit these unique places, as it encourages tourism and travel throughout our beautiful state. When we are increasing tourism and education right here at home, everyone wins!”
All resources target either teachers or students. Teachers can find lesson plans, field trips, games and activities by grade level and subject area. Many resources focus on Louisiana’s culture, but all subject areas are addressed.
“The portal provides a valuable portfolio of resources for our teachers and students across the state,” said Dr. Gary Jones, BESE president. “It is a comprehensive, easily accessible collection of resources that will aid educators in developing Louisiana-specific lessons and activities, and will strengthen student understanding regarding Louisiana’s rich history and way of life, highlighting that which designates Louisiana, as well as its people, as unique and fascinating.”
Over 200 Louisiana fun facts are included along with state park’s trail guides, state museum exhibit guides, lesson plans from the State Library’s A Gumbo of Lessons, and units from the Louisiana Voices Educator’s Guide. Of particular note are resources about Poverty Point World Heritage Site including the explorer’s guide for the Capitol Park Museum exhibit and the Division of Archaeology’s traveling classroom exhibit. Students can also explore resources by selecting their grade level and topic.
The site is mobile friendly, so it can be used wherever cell service is available. Funded by the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, the site also features scavenger hunts of their resources.
New resources will be added continuously and people are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications. Please visit www.uniquelylouisiana.org for more information.