January - March 2015 


Miranda Restovic
Shantrell Austin
austin @leh.org

Christopher Robert
Assistant Director
Adrienne McFaul, Ph.D.
Evaluation Manager
Tara Zapp
Assistant Director
Faye Flanagan
Senior Consultant

Pugh Family Foundation Continues Support for PRIME TIME in Lafayette, LA

A recently-announced second partnership between the LEH and the Pugh Family Foundation will significantly expand the PRIME TIME program's impact across Lafayette Parish. 


A $30,110, two-year grant will support PRIME TIME Home Room, the LEH's newest PRIME TIME initiative, which will provide teacher professional development in proven methodologies for an estimated 60-plus Lafayette-area educators, who will, in turn, impact hundreds of children and families. 


The program will run concurrently, with and also reinforce an ongoing three-year PRIME TIME Preschool initiative funded at $69,450 by the Pugh Family Foundation. The Pugh Family Foundation's combined support for this integrated, parish-wide PRIME TIME initiative will reach $99,560-making the Foundation one of PRIME TIME's largest supporters in Acadiana. 


The ongoing Pugh-funded PRIME TIME Preschool initiative is currently in year two of a three-year implementation cycle, and is on track to impact an estimated 225 families, or some 570 individuals, through 2016, in close partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS). 


Click here to read more about this major investment in Lafayette Parish.


Louisiana Teachers, Attend the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

 Calling all LOUISIANA educators!


Attend  Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (March 27-29, 2015) for featured master classes or literary panels with authors such as John Waters, General Russel Honoré, Laura Lippman, and many others!

The Festival is offering free scholarship weekend panel passes, which allows access to 25 panels ($75 value), plus a Master Class ticket ($25 value) to Louisiana educators. Discounts are available on theater and special event tickets. The offer also includes a $100 travel stipend for each teacher to travel to New Orleans.

Click here to apply.


LEH's Light Up for Literacy Campaign Benefits PRIME TIME Preschool Families

In September 2014, the LEH launched the "Light Up for Literacy campaign" to celebrate literacy efforts across Louisiana. The Campaign began with the debut of jewelry designer, Ashley Porter's Light Up for Literacy Earrings.  Half of all proceeds from earring sales support the implementation of LEH literacy programs in Louisiana.  To date, Light Up for Literacy earring sales have yielded approximately $1500.  These funds have supported the purchase of more than 400 books for Louisiana families who participate in PRIME TIME Preschool. 


Visit www.porterlyons.com for more information or to make a purchase.


The campaign culminates in April at the 2015 Bright Light Awards Dinner with the first ever Light Up for Literacy Award, given in partnership with the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, and the Library of Congress.

Fall 2015 Louisiana PRIME TIME Program Applications Available

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting applications for Fall 2015 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 among   school-aged children  and builds school-readiness skills among  preschool-aged children .   


Available Program Applications (click links):

Eligible Partner Organizations:

  • Library Systems and Individual Branches
  • School Districts, Charter Organizations, and Individual Schools
  • Early Learning / Head Start 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 2015 is Wednesday, April 15thApplicants will be notified of funding decisions by Thursday, April 30th.


Click here to access a PRIME TIME grant application.  For more information about PRIME TIME please download our program brochure, or email primetime@leh.org.


PRIME TIME Scholar and Storyteller Recruitment

The PRIME TIME staff is seeking qualified professionals to train and serve as scholars and storytellers throughout the state.  PRIME TIME scholars and storytellers are the backbone of the program, and their roles define the quality and impact of each program.  Reading stories and asking families questions about them seems simple, but it truly takes a special personality to successfully carry out those tasks according to the PRIME TIME methodology. 


PRIME TIME requires professionalism, strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, commitment to preparation, and a desire to serve vulnerable populations.  Accordingly, scholars and storytellers are not asked to volunteer their time and expertise.  Stipends for program facilitation and mileage reimbursement for traveling to and from program sites is provided. 


Click here for details on eligibility and/or the selection process.  Send résumés and curriculum vitas to the PRIME TIME staff, and contact Shantrell Austin with questions.  


January 2015 PRIME TIME Training Workshops

The PRIME TIME Family Reading Time and PRIME TIME Preschool Training Workshops were held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Louisiana Humanities Center at Turners' Hall in New Orleans.  PRIME TIME Training workshops include an intense review of the program methodology, planning strategies, and implementation techniques.  By all accounts, both trainings achieved the goal of preparing the newest group of team members for their programmatic roles in 2015!


Nearly 150 new team members descended upon New Orleans to engage in intensive instruction and practice on the PRIME TIME methodology and program implementation strategies.  Participants from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and Nebraska were trained by experienced consultants and PRIME TIME staff members.  As always, the training workshop was a fun and enlightening experience for all.   


Details on the July 2015 training workshops will be made available soon.  In the meantime, questions regarding the training workshop and upcoming training opportunities can be directed to the PRIME TIME staff.