Dr. Lisa Green Derry Gives Us Confidence in New Orleans

Dr. Lisa Green Derry is a product of the New Orleans education system. She made this known many times at the education advocacy meetings where I first met her. Her passion and loyalty for our schools caught my attention. I recognized a deep sense of connection between her and her high school, McDonogh 35, but even more, her connection to New Orleans. We sat down to talk in a coffee shop, and… Read More

Equity is the Way to Equity

I recently sat in an education policy meeting where a funder was considering offering resources towards an education equity initiative.  It sounded great, but there was a problem. There were very few people of color in the meeting, which took place in the middle of the day in a high-rise office, overlooking the central business district.  These well-meaning, liberal white professionals were rolling their eyes and mocking the state of our government,… Read More

You Shouldn’t Have to Fight for Your Child’s Education Alone

By Guest Blogger Katrina Gibson My son’s first grade teacher strongly suggested I get him tested.  I took him to the doctor and was in shock after my son was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.  I didn’t even understand what this diagnosis meant for him.  I also didn’t know this would be the beginning of a fight for my son’s education.   In my area, we have two elementary schools.  The lower… Read More


By Kimberly Smith and Trish Dziko, National Charter Collaborative We’ve spent the past week trying to decipher the motivations behind the recent Associated Press article that claims charter schools are encouraging segregation solely by the fact that many educate underserved Black and Brown children. The articles – which appeared in localized versions in Albany, Detroit and Columbus – claim that while four percent of district schools enrolled a student body that is… Read More

Should I make my kids participate in the school lunch program as a form of class solidarity?

My kids absolutely refuse to eat the hot lunch at school. Whenever we talk about it, they curl their little noses, roll their eyes, and act as if even considering school food is the funniest joke I’ve ever told. They say they resist because the lunch is gross, which it usually is, but I suspect there is something more to the story. When I visit their school in the morning, I notice… Read More

Celebration as Resistance

Thanksgiving presented a strange conundrum for me. How could I relate to a holiday that plays into a white supremacist fantasy of the founding of our country, but which emphasizes gratitude? On the one hand, there was the allure of tradition, family togetherness, and a time to remember to be grateful for each other and our food. On the other, there is always a horrific narrative hiding under the globs of whipped… Read More

Disappointments Amid Score Slide

Orleans Parish School District dropped to a C-grade for 2017, which has been a cause of great concern for administrators and advocates.  The Board is working on the ultimate goal of making pertinent changes that will raise the grades once more. “Over the last several years — as you look at our school performance — each year we were actually closing the achievement gap. Last school year that did not happen.” Read… Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a Thanksgiving message from our wonderful blogger, Lamont Douglas. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!  

Beating the Odds

Troy Simons is a New Orleans success story. Mr. Simons overcame incredible adversity to graduate from Sci Academy in New Orleans. He is currently in graduate school at Yale University. “When I saw myself going the wrong way, and I saw my friend dying. I realized that I was gonna die and I had to make a decision.” Read more here

When Something Isn’t Right With Your Children’s School, How Do You Fix It?

There is a beauty in the realization that something isn’t right with education in your community. Also, I have never been one to shine light on a situation without engaging and offering a solution. For many of us in the New Orleans community, the post-Katrina education environment has acted as a catalyst to catapult many of us into larger roles within our community. The door to these roles was opened by parenthood… Read More