March/April 2014

Miranda Restovic
Shantrell Adams
Associate Director

Christopher Robert

Assistant Director


Adrienne McFaul, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Tara Zapp
Assistant Director
Faye Flanagan
Senior Consultant 
Holly Bell, Ph.D.
Education Consultant


Deatrice Green
Special Projects Coordinator

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Beaird Family Foundation Funds
PRIME TIME Preschool In Caddo Parish
The Shreveport-based Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation recently made a $25,875 donation to deliver five PRIME TIME Preschool programs in Caddo Parish in 2014.  The gift will enable the LEH to deliver PRIME TIME Preschool programming in Greater Shreveport for the first time and impact an estimated 150 preschool-age children and their parents.  Additionally, the Preschool programming will be aligned with and reinforce other PRIME TIME programming now underway in Caddo Parish, including PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, PRIME TIME HomeRoom, and PRIME TIME Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study.  This comprehensive, cross-sector approach, known as PRIME TIME Full Circle, is aimed at creating a culture of literacy and excellence across the Greater Shreveport community. 


Read more about The Beaird Family Foundation's exciting donation here.

Pennington Foundation Renews Support for PRIME TIME across Greater Baton Rouge

The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 gift to the LEH, renewing its support for PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programming across Greater Baton Rouge in 2014.  A total of four PRIME TIME programs will be implemented in East and West Baton Rouge schools and libraries during the spring and fall 2014 cycles, impacting an estimated 160 3-10 year-old children, as well as their parents or guardians.



The PRIME TIME/Pennington partnership is aimed at reducing the Greater Baton Rouge region's numbers of poorly performing elementary students in English Language Arts (ELA) test scores.  Statewide, the 2013 average percentage of students scoring "below basic" in ELA on standardized tests was 23 percent; however, the average score for East Baton Rouge was 27 percent (WBR scored better, at 20 percent).  Therefore, the region's need for proven, outcomes-driven family literacy programs remains both significant and urgent.


Click here to learn more about the Pennington Foundation's generous gift. 

2014 Public Humanities Award:  
Ashley Hardee Boudreaux and Debra Lee

Each year, the LEH honors Louisianians who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities. The 2014 Public Humanities award goes to Ashley Hardee Boudreaux, Education and Disabilities Facilitator of Sabine Parish Universal Preschool, and Debra S. Lee, M.Ed., N.B.C.T, Director of Federal Programs & Curriculum & Instruction at Sabine Parish School District have served as essential partners of the LEH's PRIME TIME Family Reading Time. Sabine Parish School District has implemented more than 21 programs implemented across the system since 2001. 


scrl logo The tireless efforts of Boudreaux and Lee benefit the children and families who reside in the small, rural parish of 24,300 residents. Starting in the 2012-13 school year, and under their leadership, Sabine Parish School System has implemented 11 programs, reaching 150 families (425 individuals) under the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant and in partnership with the LEH. Sabine Parish was the first school system to recognize the benefits of collaborating with PRIME TIME to fulfill the mission of their schools and to compete for SRCL funding. The professionalism of school staff was a key to the success of this partnership. 


LEH Interim President/Executive Director Miranda Restovic and PRIME TIME Senior Consultant Faye Flanagan praised Lee and Boudreaux in their nomination letter: "Ashley, Debra and the PRIME TIME team members have brought humanities programming to families in this rural northwest Louisiana parish. The only way PRIME TIME can reach families around the state is to collaborate with professionals of this caliber." Last year's award went to the Georgia Public Library Service.


The Humanities Awards take place Saturday, March 29th, 12:30 at Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.


Click here to purchase tickets. 

NEH Salutes PRIME TIME in Recent Newsletter
 continues to receive national recognition. This month's National Endowment for the Humanities newsletter features a terrific feature on PRIME TIME Homeroom, a teacher professional development initiative. 



"Participating teachers reported overwhelmingly positive results and left the experience with CEU's, a guide for implementation in their home classrooms, a book, and, most importantly, increased skills in employing the Socratic method in the classroom."


Read the entire article here. And thanks to our partners at the NEH for their ongoing support!

Fall 2014 PRIME TIME Program Applications Available
PRIME TIME Family Reading Time PRIME TIME Preschool PRIME TIME Dual

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting applications for fall 2014 programs in Louisiana.  Public libraries, schools, early learning centers, community centers, and other public institutions are encouraged to apply.


Click here to learn more about PRIME TIME and how it yields long-term improvements in student academic achievement


Available Program Applications (click links):

Eligible Partner Organizations:

  • Library Systems and Individual Branches
  • School Districts, Charter Organizations, and Individual Schools
  • Early Learning Centers
  • Museums 
  • Community Service Agencies 

PRIME TIME applications are available twice annually for fall and spring/summer sessions.  The deadline to apply for programs that will take place during fall 2014 is Tuesday, April 15th.  Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by Thursday, May 1st.


Click here to access a PRIME TIME grant application.  For more information about PRIME TIME please download the program brochure or email

PRIME TIME at the 2014 LLA Conference in Lafayette, LA

LLA 2014

This year's LLA conference will be held from March 26th - 28th at the Lafayette Cajundome and Convention Center. The annual conference provides an opportunity for librarians to be resources to one another and provides a venue in which they can share questions, get answers, solve problems, and create new possibilities by drawing on the diverse experiences and proficiencies of colleagues.  This year's conference theme is "New Directions: Louisiana Libraries Embracing Change."


On Thursday, March 27th, PRIME TIME Associate Director, Shantrell Austin, and PRIME TIME Assistant Director, Tara Zapp will conduct a session entitled:  "Finding New Audiences with New Directions: Programming from PRIME TIME and the LEH."  The session will focus on the LEH's family reading and discussion program PRIME TIME Family Reading as well as its family-based reading readiness program PRIME TIME Preschool. These programs provide opportunities for libraries to deepen their public humanities offerings for families and children. PRIME TIME programs are proven to increase library patronage among underserved and difficult to reach individuals.  The speakers will provide details on how libraries can partner with the LEH to implement these programs. 


Visit the LLA conference website for additional details.

July 2014 PRIME TIME Training Workshop Information


The next PRIME TIME Training Workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners' Hall in New Orleans.  The July training will shift to a 1-day schedule while providing the same number of instructional hours and maintaining an intense review of the program methodology, planning strategies, and implementation techniques.


Affiliate project directors should begin considering whether any team members will need training and prepare to alert the PRIME TIME staff via online Affiliate Data Forms by Monday, June 2, 2014. Louisiana and affiliate trainees will receive preliminary details on the training in mid-June.  


While training workshops are only open to team members who are affiliated with an upcoming program, we welcome inquiries from others about the program, its methodology, and the structure of the training workshops.  Such inquiries should be directed to the PRIME TIME staff.