The Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to providing Louisiana with student-centered teacher development and classroom resource support.
LRCE is a shared resource center providing educational solutions in two areas: LRCE Teach! and the LRCE Library. LRCE offers multi-faceted programs and services for public, private, parochial, charter, homeschool sectors and families. Additionally, LRCE provides workshops and training for Louisiana’s educators, an alternative certification program and more.
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Providing Louisiana with student-centered teacher development and classroom resource support.
This mission directs us to live out our core values of Excellence, Access, Growth, and Care in pursuit of our vision of every student in every classroom being taught by a supported and prepared professional educator.
LRCE is the oldest, largest, and only Louisiana-based alternative teacher certification program that is not affiliated with a university; providing degreed professionals a rigorous avenue to earn a Louisiana teaching certificate. Since 2003, over 1800 teachers across 42 parishes have earned certification through LRCE’s program, which boasts the highest rate of retention among all alternative certification programs. Our alumni include the 2018 Louisiana state Teacher of the Year, 2018-2019 Milken Award winner, multiple principals and school system leaders.
The Louisiana Resource Center for Educators (LRCE) opened in 1998 as a 501(c)3 with start-up grants from the CIBA Foundation, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and support from Louisiana State University.
LRCE’s seven full-time staff and dozens of adjunct faculty and volunteers ensure excellence in our mission of training and support for kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. This includes the establishment of an alternative certification teacher training program in 2003, a multi-media lending library for teachers that circulates more than 132,000 items per year, and summer enrichment programs for at-risk/high-needs pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Our board is composed of 14 individuals from across the Greater Baton Rouge community.
The LRCE Library
Studies by the LSU Marketing Department document the average out-of-pocket expenditure per teacher is more than $400 per year for basic supplies. The library houses over 100,000 titles and provides resources to teachers and homeschool families, available 24/7 through our online portal.
The online catalog allows educators to request items for delivery from the comfort of his or her home or school. Educational videos, books (fiction and nonfiction), manipulatives, and more are available for borrowing. Items are mailed to and from schools free of charge.
The library loans over 150,000 items each year across the state.
LRCE is an approved private provider for state teacher certification. College graduates and mid-career changers can work toward a teaching certificate while teaching in a school, earning full-time pay. Since 2003, LRCE has certified more than 1,600 PreK-12 teachers who are teaching in Louisiana public, private and parochial schools.