LPB - Louisiana Public Broadcasting

The Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA) is the governing body for Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB).  Founded in 1975, LPB is the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB also is co-owner of WLAE-TV in  New Orleans.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is proud to join more than 80 public radio and television stations and over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states helping to keep more students on the path to a high school diploma through the American Graduate initiative.

Education

Education has also been a major emphasis for LPB. Off and on since 1995, LPB has been part of the Ready to Learn and Raising Readers programs. The goal of these programs is to prepare pre-school children to succeed in school by helping them obtain the literacy skills they need to learn how to read.

Among the station’s Early Education Outreach efforts:

  • LPB has hosted intensive literacy and science camps for 800 preschoolers at high-need schools around the state.

  • LPB has distributed mobile science labs to 20 schools in New Orleans, 12 in Iberville Parish, and trained teachers to use them to incorporate science into the early childhood curriculum

  • LPB has established 27 lending libraries in schools; and distributed mobile technology to six high-need preschools and trained teachers to use the technology and digital resources in their classrooms.

  • LPB has hosted two Super Why! camps for 4 years olds at LPB’s own facility for each of the last two summers and will be hosting three camps this summer.

  • LPB has produced electronic field trips that have illustrated careers in environmental science, historic preservation, and the seafood industry.  As many as 21,000 students participated in a single trip. 

  • LPB provides two digital libraries, LPB/PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education streaming, to 1500 preK-12 schools statewide reaching approximately 700,000 students including “student boards” to engage them in learning.

  • For the last twenty years, LPB has also recognized the accomplishments of middle and high school students through the Louisiana Young Heroes program and the lifetime achievements of outstanding artists, authors, athletes, entertainers, political figures, military men and women and business people through the Louisiana Legends Gala and interview series.
  • LPB will continue to document the challenges Louisiana students face in reaching high school graduation and the approaches that are effectively combatting the state’s dropout problem on Louisiana: The State We’re In, LPB’s weekly newsmagazine, and Louisiana Public Square, LPB’s monthly town hall discussion program. 

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