K-12 Education

Educate Now: TEDxNew Orleans Conference – Watch It Online Now!

Videos from the recent TEDxNewOrleans Conference are now available online. This TEDx conference showcased a wide range of perspectives on Katrina and the changes we’ve seen in the New Orleans region since the storm. It was a powerful day, and Educate Now! encourages you check out the videos below. Speakers Mentioning Education Jay Altman – Read More >

Times-Picayune: New Orleans parents to discuss schools 10 years after Katrina

  You can’t have a conversation about New Orleans public schools reform without talking to New Orleans parents, many schools observers contend. So on Thursday (July 23), four advocacy groups plan to give parents the microphone. The Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options, Stand for Children Louisiana, the Orleans Public Education Network and the Urban Read More >

US News & World Report: Big Results in the Big Easy – Lousiana’s Recovery School District is a strong model for turning around failing schools.

Louisiana is getting it right. Reforming our nation’s worst-performing schools is a topic of perennial concern that nevertheless has yielded too little progress. When I was an analyst at the Heritage Foundation in the mid-’90s, we discussed proposals to offer vouchers to students in the 100 worst-performing schools in America so that they could attend Read More >

Times-Picayune: New Orleans nonprofit to train at-risk youth for lucrative tech jobs

From right: John Fraboni, the founder and CEO of Operation Spark; Denice Ross, Presidential Innovation Fellow; and Alon Robinson, a rising student in Operation Spark’s tech program. (Jed Lipinski, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) There are currently half-a-million open jobs in information technology fields in the United States, according to the White House, which notes that Read More >

The Lens: A Renewed Sense of Hope in New Orleans: Jamar McKneely Talks with Adam Hawf

Jamar McKneely is the Chief Executive Officer of InspireNOLA Charter Schools. Adam Hawf previously served as assistant superintendent of Portfolio at the Louisiana Department of Education, and deputy superintendent of Portfolio at the Louisiana Recovery School District. Hawf spoke recently with McKneely about what the past 10 years have meant, and what the next 10 Read More >

The Lens: New Orleans: A City That Works—Together

Imagine a city where all high school students have had a series of job experiences by the time they graduate. When many of us think back to some of the essential lessons we learned growing up—lessons around hard work, reliability, punctuality, a service ethic—we find that we developed many of our habits of mind through Read More >

The Advocate: Slidell gallery commemorates ‘10’ years since Katrina

The opening of “Ten” at the Slidell Cultural Center drew artists and members of the community who wanted to see and share their experiences a decade after Hurricane Katrina. “When asked to host an exhibit this summer for the city of Slidell, our thoughts went immediately to the 10-year anniversary of Katrina,” said Charlotte Collins, Read More >

The Final Call: Urban League releases report on New Orleans since Katrina

Residents of New Orleans participate in the Urban League New Orleans Workforce training session. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-League-New-Orleans-Workforce NEW ORLEANS—A new report suggests the Black community in New Orleans has made educational gains since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but has not increased its median income as much as White households. The report was released July 3 in Read More >

The Advocate: Guest column by Scott Cowen – The New Orleans model for revival after Hurricane Katrina

Nonprofit leaders, businesspeople, government officials, philanthropists and resident leaders from across the country are in New Orleans today and tomorrow to decipher the secret of “comeback communities.” How do cities like New Orleans rebound from hardship? More practically, what makes communities resilient and how can all of us drive efforts to strengthen our communities? It’s Read More >

The Times-Picayune: New Orleans school changes worked, Cowen Institute says

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, have New Orleans’ massive education changes worked? Tulane’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives issued its answer in a Wednesday (June 17) report: “The academic performance of New Orleans’ schools has improved remarkably over the past 10 years,” authors Patrick Sims and Vincent Rossmeier write in the anniversary edition of the Read More >