Teaching students to love and understand science

4/4/18

Christy Swauncy is the 7th grade Lead and Science Teacher at KIPP Central City Academy and a winner of the 2017 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee and has been teaching for 13 years…. Read More

Five key takeaways from CREDO’s i3 evaluation

2/20/18

By Patrick Dobard In 2010, NSNO, the RSD, and Tennessee’s Achievement School District were awarded a nearly $30 million federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to transform low-performing schools. Earlier today, CREDO released their report evaluating the effectiveness of the… Read More

A holistic approach to special education

1/22/18

Nicole Mayeux is the Transition Coordinator at Cohen College Prep and a 2016 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award winner. When we asked her why she teaches, she shared with us the following.  One word haunted me during my first year teaching—… Read More

What do we do now? We focus on solutions.

12/13/17

Out of the 200 largest school districts in the United States, there is no city serving primarily black students that outperforms New Orleans on academic growth. This was recently highlighted in The New York Times. In 2015, Tulane’s Education Research… Read More

Preparing the next generation of civil rights leaders

11/6/17

Cadarris Rucker is a 4th grade teacher at KIPP Believe Primary and 2017 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award winner. When we asked him why he teaches, he shared with us the following. Nominations for the 2018 awards are open through… Read More

Meet the 2017-2018 Personalized Learning Fellows

8/22/17

We’re excited to announce the second cohort of Breakthrough Schools: New Orleans personalized learning fellows. Even as New Orleans handed power back to educators – increasing their autonomy and ability to make decisions at the school level – we lacked… Read More

Reflections on the LDOE Teacher Leader Summit

7/6/17

By Tom Shepley, VP of Schools A few weeks ago, the Louisiana Department of Education held their fifth annual Teacher Leader Summit.  This event, which is free for teachers and school leaders across the state, was a great reminder of… Read More

Supporting students beyond high school graduation

2/1/17

In our changing economy, it’s increasingly clear that the young people of New Orleans today must have an education that goes past high school if they are to have a place in the workforce of the future. New Orleans students… Read More

What the cuts to TOPS Scholarships mean for New Orleans students

12/15/16

In 2016-2017, Louisiana did not fully fund TOPS for the first time in the program’s history. Louisiana’s college students from low income households are disproportionately impacted by these reductions. The Louisiana College Access Coalition (NSNO is part of this growing… Read More

The Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency

12/8/16

By Maggie Runyan-Shefa On Monday, we joined with Xavier University of Louisiana, to announce the launch of the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency—a partnership between Xavier and 5 New Orleans charter organizations: Choice Foundation Schools, FirstLine Schools, InspireNOLA, KIPP New… Read More

Turning around Wilson Charter School

10/31/16

Two weeks ago, our Co-CEO, Michael Stone, wrote about the positive effects of closures and restarts.  We asked Jamar Mckneely, CEO of InspireNOLA, to share his perspective on the challenges and opportunities of charter school restarts in New Orleans.  Last… Read More

On Closures and Restarts

10/21/16

On Monday, the Education Research Alliance (ERA) released a new report on the effects of closure and charter restarts in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Closures and restarts (what ERA refers to as “takeovers”) have been central to New Orleans… Read More