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

Moving through School: 3 Facts to Keep Close

This article was first posted on www.askmissheard.com Every year in education there are changes in policies and procedures that parents aren’t aware of to ask. Below are a few key items that I picked up along the way in my experience as a parent that can be crucial to the academic career of your student. Keep these in mind as you all progress through each grade level and each education institution.  1…. Read More

Organization Spotlight: Daughter of the King

We’ve been hearing it everywhere, from the United Nations to The New York Times: When we support the growth and empowerment of women and girls, we raise the quality of life for everyone. This is because when women lead they not only lead businesses, they lead in their community, they fight for their children, and they give voice to issues that are important to our collective future — like education and health… Read More

How to Communicate Effectively with Your Childs Teacher

This blog was first posted on northshoreparent.com By Tiffany King We don’t have the easiest starts to the school year in our family. I have one child who is very reluctant to change and he struggles each year when the school year begins. A lot of times his frustration manifests in behavioral issues. Because of this I have come up with some tips on how to effectively communicate with your child’s teacher…. Read More

Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T)

NOLA.COM just recently posted an article about Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T), a program that recruits African American teachers, particularly men, to work in schools in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. As I read the article I realized Lamont Douglas wrote a story on that same program a few years ago. Because Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) intentionally makes it a point to spark conversation with young men who may not particularly… Read More

A Strong Parent-Teacher Relationship Is Crucial to a Child’s Educational Success

As a teacher, here is my message to parents: “I hear you!” I’m finally in that space where I totally get your frustrations. You’ve worked a long and exhausting day knowing that your children, household and spouse are already a laundry list of “needs, wants and to-do’s” waiting for you at quitting time. Now, to add to it all, there are the weekly and lengthy homework assignments, a school calendar of events… Read More

How Can You Teach Black Children and be Afraid of Black Parents?

It’s a simple question I ask many white and even some black colleagues. I don’t get it. I just do not get it. You tell the story about how you want to educate black children, but you take issue with Black parents. I hear some of these educators complain about the parents and how they come off or the way they talk. Then they look at me like I am supposed to… Read More

Women Raising The Bar: Stevona Elem-Rogers

This article was first posted on https://auratenewyork.com/ Bold. Trailblazing. Unapologetic. That’s the best way to describe this force of a woman. Stevona Elem-Rogers embodies the essence of the Aurate woman of substance. She is a womanist writer, educator, and orator (or as we prefer, AUrator) with a passion for innovative examination and advocacy of Black culture and womanhood. She received her B.A. from The University of Alabama in English and African-American Studies, and in 2007, she began her… Read More

Back to School Joy

I asked my son how he felt about starting school this year. I decided not to post his response because like most kids starting back, He wasn’t happy. So I decided to move on and ask an educator we love so much, his old PreK teacher. I asked Mrs Varnado to briefly tell me how she feels about upcoming year. This is what she had to say. “My fifth year of teaching… Read More