NOLA SMILE (Science and Mathematics, Inquiry, Learning and Exploring)

NOLA SMILE (Science and Mathematics, Inquiry, Learning and Exploring) is a partnership among the Recovery School District (RSD), Tulane University (TU) (specifically the Teacher Certification Program in the Newcomb-Tulane College and the School of Science and Engineering), the Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, LIGO (The Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Lusher Charter Public Schools, and the Isidore Newman School. These partnerships serve as important connections between the university, a high-need local educational agency, public Charter schools, non-public schools, and informal education agencies. This project will draw upon the strong disciplinary expertise of the mathematicians and scientists from the Tulane University community and the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) in Livingston, Louisiana.

The NOLA SMILE is designed to bring third and fourth grade teachers together with scientists and mathematicians to increase their subject matter knowledge and conceptual understanding of mathematics and science as defined by the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum, and to improve their teaching skills through the use of laboratory equipment and workspace, computing facilities, libraries, and other resources available through the university.

Contact Information

Jerry Shakov, Ph.D.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764