In Case You Missed It: April 2019

4/4/19

From the classroom to the waffle iron, students with disabilities join New Orleans’ hospitality workforce Mar 25 | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans CMO Collegiate Academies runs a post-secondary school for 17 to 22 year-old students with intellectual and developmental disabilities called Opportunities Academy… Read More

An Afternoon with Jovanni Ramos, Principal of Foundation Preparatory Charter School

4/3/19

Foundation Preparatory Charter School opened in 2015. Today, it educates students in grades K-4, and it will expand to K-5 next year. Jovanni Ramos has been an educator for nearly 15 years; today, he is the school’s principal. We spent… Read More

Real Schools, Real Students, Real Impact

3/26/19

By Byron Goodwin, Director of Transition and Community Engagement, and Zelda Smith, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Travis Hill Schools Imagine a school where students are making art, playing chess, doing science experiments, and reading great literature. Imagine a school where… Read More

How Soccer Changed the Game for my Students

3/22/19

Adam Kohler is a Dean of Instruction and AP World History teacher at KIPP Booker T. Washington High School. He is a 2018 recipient of the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award. When Alden scored his first goal of the… Read More

New Orleans’ Students Continue to Grow Academically as Rigor Increases

3/20/19

Executive Summary: Since Hurricane Katrina, educational outcomes in New Orleans — from state test scores to college entry rates — have improved dramatically. They have done so even as Louisiana’s academic expectations have risen in three significant ways in recent… Read More

In Case You Missed It: Feb / March 2019

3/13/19

Highlights of New Orleans education news from February and early March 2019. School closures are tough, but necessary, New Orleans school leaders say Feb 6 | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Patrick Dobard, New Schools for New Orleans CEO, Crescent City… Read More

“Music is in our DNA”: Band directors on values, setlists, and the arts in New Orleans

3/1/19

There are more than 70 parades each Mardi Gras season. In addition to the colorful floats and festive krewes, school bands are a highlight of each one. Students march in many parades each season, walking long distances with heavy instruments,… Read More

Leadership, Marching, and the Power of Music: An Interview with Patrick Dobard

2/22/19

When and where were you a drum major?  I was a drum major my senior year, 1985, at St. Augustine High School here in New Orleans. What was the best thing about being a drum major during Mardi Gras? The… Read More

Reflections from The NET Charter High School

2/7/19

Elizabeth Ostberg is the Co-Founder & Executive Director at The NET Charter High School, an alternative school for students ages 15 through 21. A month or so ago now, my student Kiontay summed up one of the things that makes me really… Read More