A Plus Arkansas, the education initiative that features the arts as the basis for common core teaching, has inspired Louisiana.
Artist Georges Rodrigue, whose famous Blue Dog Paintings brought him worldwide fame, became inspired by the work of the Thea Foundation in North Little Rock. He modeled his Georges Rodrigue Foundation after Thea, including a passion for the A Plus Program.
Under the leadership of Jacques Rodrigue, his son, A Plus Louisiana is about to become a reality. Beginning in the fall of 2013, they hope to have several schools teaching the A Plus method, incorporating the arts and inspiring all learning styles.
In an interview on THV 11, Jacques told us that within five years they hope to have 50 Louisiana schools teaching the A Plus method.
Bethany France who headed up the arts in the schools program in Louisiana, became so enamored with the program, that she left her state position, to become the chief facilitator of A Plus Louisiana. Both France and Rodrigue were in North Little Rock this week, for a special workshop at the Thea Foundation.
It's not often you hear about an Arkansas education initiative, that inspires another state. A Plus continues to grow.