A Letter to Black Women

This article was first published at Citizen SHE United, and advocacy group in Louisiana that is building an aligned base of Black Women who inform, advocate for and enact a collective policy agenda to address the needs of Black Women across the state. In Citizen SHE United’s first Letter To Black Women of 2020, Danielle Wright, Division Director of Navigate NOLA, pens a poignant love letter, honoring all the ways in which Black Women, bravely and mostly… Read More

The man behind the can. Graffiti artist “bmike” gets his first museum show

Last year a was introduced to the man behind Exhibit Be. Over the past few years, New Orleans has become flooded with beautiful murals around town. From photos of local NOLA Icons to photos of Activists. Brandan “bmike” Odums is the man behind a few of them. In 2014 bmike created Exhibit Be. His canvas was an abandoned five-story apartment complex located in Algiers. Brandan, as well as dozens of New Orleans… Read More

State Superintendent of Education John White to Resign

It’s 2020 and State Superintendent of Education John White is ready for a change. Yesterday he announced his resignation and every local and national publication was buzzing with the news. White, who survived pitched political battles with two governors, made the announcement in a letter sent by email to members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, who will be in charge of finding White’s successor. Read more here

When Intention Isn’t Enough: White Educators’ Casual Racism in the Classroom

This article was first published at www.blkteachergriot.com By Andrea Fullington The 2015-2016 school year was easily the most traumatic work year of my adult life. I was a teacher at an alternative high school in New Orleans, a job very similar to one I left in Philadelphia. Alternative schools are intended to address the push-out crisis by creating spaces for students who have not found success in traditional schooling environments. Some of… Read More

Teaching Children Money & Finance

This article was first published on www.askmissheard.com “You know the term, ‘woke?’ Yes, that is exactly what it means to be money smart. It means that we are giving our children a solid foundation about the knowledge of money.” This was just one of many explanations Rashaun made relatable to us on last week’s conversation.    Rashaun Harris, Financial Coach, Marketing Guru, mother of soon to be two, and bonus mom to one… Read More

Our Children Need Better Politicians

This article was first published on www.educationpost.org Can we all agree that the basic care and development of America’s children—yes, every single one of them—is a cardinal virtue that should live unbothered by race, class, geography, ideology and partisanship? And if publicly funded education systems are the single most powerful investments we make as a society to fulfill our responsibility of raising healthy kids into capable adults, shouldn’t politicos of all stripes… Read More

Precious Children

Children are innocent, blank slates. Clean canvasses. Malleable, movable, and unknowing to what exactly life is all about. It’s hard to look at them and not feel some sort of joy. They carry the ability to bring out our best, most gentle selves.  I received my gift, my son, at the young age of 20. And while I thought I knew what ALL being a mother would take, I didn’t. I had… Read More

Students of Color Deserve Teachers Who Will Work to Truly Connect With Them

They say it only takes one special teacher in a child’s life to make a lasting impact. I have spent my educational career striving to be THAT teacher who is always remembered fondly in the development of my students.  I have been teaching at the same school in the same grade level working with families in the same community for over a decade. When I get asked, “How can you stay in the same place… Read More

Live Chat: Public Education Week

Throughout the week of October 21-25th, Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), along with advocates, educators and parents across the city, will host Public Education Week: the only event series dedicated to bringing the entire public into the public education system, and training citizens to navigate the system, advocate for change, and increase equity and excellence for all students. Public Education Week is about information, navigation and advocacy, covering topics like:  System navigation… Read More

Your Hispanic Heritage Is More Than Just a Month

We can all agree that education is important for ourselves and for future generations, even though we can’t seem to agree on much after that part. We argue over school choice, teacher pay, state testing and curriculum, and sometimes it feels like we will never get to a place that actually centers the positive identity development of our youth. So, in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, allow me to explain why positive… Read More