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Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

Tanya Faucheux and Bonnie Dinvaut have been chosen as presenters for the 31st annual Louisiana Association of Computer-Using Educators conference. Faucheux is St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District’s technology facilitator, and Dinvaut is the district’s coordinator of educational technology.

It is the sixth consecutive year the two have been chosen to present at the conference, which will be held Dec. 7-9 in New Orleans. This year’s topic will be “How Can I Close the Gap? Where am I Going? ... Keep Calm and Use Formative Assessment.”

“We will be showing them an assessment we use to develop instruction and resources to fill in gaps that may have been missed and how this helps differentiate instruction in the classroom,” Dinvaut said.

The process, incorporating Renaissance Learning software, has been used successfully in the St. John the Baptist Parish School District for three years.

“With our teachers successfully intervening to fill those gap skills, we’ve seen an increase in individual student achievement,” Faucheux said. “It makes an individual prescription plan for each student, and we are able to meet them where they are, because each student is different.”

The presentation has earned the two the designation of Renaissance Distinguished

Educators, which is given to those serving as a source of inspiration and support to help other educators achieve student growth.

LACUE is a professional nonprofit organization that recognizes and promotes the use of computers in education. Last year’s conference brought together more than 2,000 teachers, teacher educators, administrators, policymakers and industry representatives from all over Louisiana, as well as the United States.

Basketball camp registration

The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation will be offering a Christmas basketball camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21-24 at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling. Children ages 6 through 16 are invited to register. Campers will be grouped by age, sex and skill level and will learn and practice the fundamentals of basketball. All campers will receive a basketball and other prizes throughout the week. Free before-care will be available at 8 a.m. for all campers.

Those wanting to sign up must register by filling out the form found on the web site, stcharlesparish-la.gov/home/showdocument?id=6597, and sending it, along with a check payable to the St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Department, to the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway in Luling. The fee to pre-register for the camp is $100. The late fee is $125. Pre-registration will close on Dec. 18.