BESE Endorses Battle of New Orleans Curriculum

Press Release -- Today Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Gary Joiner, education chair for the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission, accepted a $37,500 check from Sonia Perez, AT&T Louisiana president, toward the creation and promotion of the Battle of New Orleans K – 12 curriculum.

Last week, Lt. Governor Dardenne presented the curriculum during a BESE meeting which was quickly endorsed by the Board and praised for its strategies.

“When elected lieutenant governor I made it part of our department’s mission to increase Louisiana’s educational resources for our teachers,” Lt. Governor Dardenne said. “As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, we are ensuring Louisiana’s students learn about the significance of the battle and its contribution to our history, not only as a state, but as a nation.”

The curriculum will be available to teachers throughout the state this fall. The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism education team will present to social studies teachers at the the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies annual conference in October.

“AT&T’s generous donation is making a very important education piece available to Louisiana schools which had very little information on the importance of the Battle of New Orleans,” Henson Moore, BONO Bicentennial Commission chairman, said.

The Battle of New Orleans curriculum is the third K – 12 curriculum to be released since Lt. Governor Dardenne took office. Previous curricula covered the state’s Bicentennial and the Atchafalaya National Heritage area. Each BESE endorsed curriculum provides hands-on materials to educators and students as well as educator training to implement the program.

For more information about DCRT’s educational resources, visit For more information about the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission, visit or the commission’s Facebook page. Use #BONO2015 on Social Media.

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