Martin Behrman Charter School to host 4th Annual Poetry on the Ave event!

Students at Martin Behrman Charter School work hard all year long to prepare for the school’s annual Poetry on the Avenue event.  The students dig deep to develop poems from their souls.  Their work is astounding and outstanding. Poetry on the Avenue is a free family friendly event sure to both enlighten and entertain. In the past they’ve featured world renowned artists such as Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, Jessica Care… Read More

Thank you Miss Fish

I couldn’t let Teachers Appreciation Week come to an end without writing a little something about my son’s teacher, Miss Fish. Sheesh, where do I begin? When I decided to move my son from Nursery school to a “big boy school,” I was a bit nervous. Actually, nervous is an understatement. I was terrified! My son had been at his Nursery since he was 17 months and I knew everyone over there…. Read More

It’s Time for Us to Buy Back the Block

By Lorraine Gil What’s not to love about New Orleans? The architecture, music, food, genuine love received by locals captivates me and reminds me of the island my parents come from. The colors of the homes, the horns in the streets, and joy of the people is something I feel in my core when walking through the French Quarters. There is no doubt the spirit of New Orleans lives in the people. Still… Read More

How Implicit Bias Showed Up in La. School Discipline Legislation

  The recent defeat of a school discipline bill in the Louisiana legislature was a lesson in how implicit bias plays out not just in our classrooms but in the statehouse as well.  We already know that children of color are disparately impacted by suspensions and some studies conclude that implicit bias is likely a reason for the disparity. Implicit bias is when positive or negative attitudes affect our decisions and actions… Read More

OneApp didn’t give me the school I wanted. I still believe it’s a good system.

This article was first published on ednavigator.com By Rameisha Johnson I got the text as I was pulling into my driveway after work: My school choice results were available to view in OneApp, New Orleans’ universal enrollment system. I’d been waiting all week for them, refreshing the EnrollNOLA website at random intervals. Already prepared, I logged in, followed the links and, suddenly, felt like someone dropped a piano onto my car. My… Read More

So Teachers are kissing students now?

Yesterday, a teacher, Matthew Nesser, at Edward Hynes Charter School was booked on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The allegations in this case, which took place in my own city of New Orleans, are sickening and as a father, hard to stomach. This grown man is accused of rubbing this young 14 year old student’s back, kissing her repeatedly, and buying her gifts such as jewelry, chocolate, and cards for… Read More

Talking Education with ‘Entertainment’ Tonight Reporter Nischelle Turner

On January 13, 2017 I had the great pleasure of interviewing one of the hosts of Entertainment Tonight, Nischelle Turner. In the wake of ET’s Fourth Emmy win I’d like to share it again in celebration of their big victory. I visited Los Angeles last week and had the chance to sit down with Entertainment Tonight host Nischelle Turner. As we know, Los Angeles attracts people from all over the country and… Read More