Helping schools improve ACT performance

9/22/16

Four years ago Louisiana began to require every graduating senior to take the ACT. Since that time, ACT scores in New Orleans improved steadily each year—narrowing the gap with the state average—until this year when scores remained flat. Test scores… Read More

Increasing the diversity of public schools in New Orleans

7/28/16

Earlier this month, NSNO hosted a conversation between US Education Secretary John King and a group of New Orleans educators, parents, and community leaders to talk about increasing racial and socioeconomic diversity in New Orleans public schools. That conversation has… Read More

Social Justice and Academic Excellence

7/18/16

“I’ve been asked repeatedly, “do we really need to include those other issues if our goal is to improve education?” My response has been “other issues?” As if any of us live compartmentalized lives where our hearts, minds, and bodies… Read More

Elevating the Teaching Profession
in New Orleans

5/26/16

Excellent schools do not exist without excellent teachers. But bringing high-quality teachers into New Orleans public schools remains a persistent challenge. And it’s not just here—across the country, teacher preparation programs report declining enrollment, baby boomer generation teachers are poised… Read More

New Orleans Senior Shout Out 2016

5/13/16

Students, educators, elected leaders, and families all gathered today at the third annual New Orleans Senior Shout Out. Started just two years ago with fewer than 30 students, this year’s event included over 200 seniors from the class of 2016,… Read More

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award

5/6/16

Across the country, great educators have been celebrated and honored this week as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week. We felt it was also the perfect time to surprise the 2016 winners of the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Awards…. Read More

New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Awards

4/29/16

Last year, NSNO launched the New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Awards.  We created these awards to honor the incredible educators throughout New Orleans, whose contributions rarely make headlines, but whose impact will endure long after the students they serve leave… Read More

NSNO’s Tenth Birthday

4/11/16

Today, New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) turns ten years old. First conceived in a second floor classroom in still-flooded Samuel Green Middle School, NSNO was founded on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to attend a great… Read More

More Collaboration than Competition

1/6/16

You’ll often read that charter schools are all about competition. And yet in New Orleans, where nearly 95% of public school students attend a charter school, educators from across the city regularly come together—voluntarily—to improve their practice and support their… Read More

Ten Years in New Orleans:
Reflections on Funders

12/16/15

In August of this year, NSNO released our report Ten Years in New Orleans: Public School Resurgence and the Path Ahead. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of our key findings. Unlike most traditional school systems, New… Read More

Ten Years in New Orleans:
Reflections on Community

12/10/15

In August of this year, NSNO released our report Ten Years in New Orleans: Public School Resurgence and the Path Ahead. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of our key findings. Our community engages in unprecedented ways… Read More

Ten Years in New Orleans:
Reflections on Equity

12/4/15

In August of this year, NSNO released our report Ten Years in New Orleans: Public School Resurgence and the Path Ahead. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of our key findings. New Orleans has become a leader… Read More