The Final 5

Danielle Dreilinger of the Times Picayune writes about how the last 5 OPSB schools have shown interest in becoming charter schools. “We welcome the opportunity to empower our network school leaders and their school communities to determine the best path forward and access to the same financial resources and operational autonomy as other schools in our city enjoy,” Lewis said in a statement. “I have full confidence in the leadership of our… Read More

College Dreams Dim Amidst Fears of Cuts to TOPS Program

  Our students can’t afford to lose out on financial assistance for college because the state has a budget problem. The hope of a bright future is a huge deal for teens during their high school years and the ability to pay for higher education is a big piece of that. It’s no surprise, then, that worry has gripped students and parents alike, as well as educators, since hearing about a potential… Read More

Big win for Two New Orleans HBCUs

Danielle Dreilinger of the Times Picayune writes about two local HBCUs — Dillard University and Xavier University — winning the College Pathways Pilot Project. The project is developed to strengthen the relationship between businesses and universities to help graduates transition into the workforce. “This is transformational for Dillard,” said Carretta Cooke, director of the university’s career development center. “For the first time, a program will connect our academic affairs and career services to… Read More

Strong Connections

Jim Mustian of The Advocate writes about Xavier University and New Schools of New Orleans joining forces in an unprecedented way to develop a program dedicated to educating and preparing college seniors to become public school teachers.  This first of its kind partnership between a charter school and an HBCU will be called the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency and its mission is to diversify the teaching force in New Orleans Public Schools… Read More

Relationships Are Restorative


Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like. -Rita Pierson If you don’t listen, you don’t learn. And if you don’t learn, there are far fewer opportunities for success. Relationships are the foundation that drives anyone, including students, to want to listen and learn and this is particularly true of low income students of color. Despite all that we know about their importance, relationships between students and teachers continue to be undervalued… Read More

3 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Parents About Their Child


I have spent nearly 5 years in education. Before that I worked for a non-profit working with students encouraging them to pursue a career in the medical field. Since graduating from college, I have been committed to seeing the success of children. I have worked in three different school settings and seen a wide variety of students. As a result, I have also had my encounters with a wide variety of parents…. Read More

Time to Burst the Bubble


Maybe we should just be honest and admit that we are kidding ourselves. We say that the election of Trump is surprising but we have seen the writing on the wall for many years now. Voter suppression, a Congress that has refused to work on behalf of the people, and a constant barrage of social injustices have left far too many Americans feeling alienated, grasping at straws and willing to throw anything… Read More

Inspiring Progress

Della Hasselle, of the Advocate, writes about the progress of a struggling charter school after a major change in management. And while these kinds of takeovers remain controversial and difficult for all involved, this one has certainly led to dramatic improvements. Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in Broadmoor has moved from a state rating of F to a C in one short year. And while there is still much work to be… Read More

Helping our children regain certainty


Like many other people, the day after the election, I was feeling shock, fear, and despair about the outcome.  I was en route to a conference on equity in Detroit with a colleague who works with me in education justice. She is also a 10th grade English teacher, and I could tell she wanted to be with her kids. She talked about the lessons she had reviewed with them in class, including… Read More

Did We Pass?!

Well, we didn’t exactly fail. According to a Daniele Dreilinger in The Times Picayune, the state has released the annual capstone results and unfortunately, the trend is a downward one with Louisiana dropping from a B to a C. This comes as a bit of a surprise after hearing Superintendent John White say that “schools actually grew on almost all measures.” So what happened? Here’s how department officials have explained it: “The… Read More