Reflecting on the 2017 Cohort Graduation Rates

5/10/18

Today, the Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District released the 4-year graduation rates for our city. The rate of students graduating with their peers is just one marker of a district’s success, but it is the most fundamental indicator… Read More

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

An update from Maggie and Michael

3/26/18

Colleagues, Over the last year, we have worked with Patrick, our board, and the full NSNO team to develop a clear set of priorities and a strategy to move student achievement forward into the next decade. Now, after a combined 18 years… Read More

Launching the New Orleans Instructional Quality Initiative

3/5/18

By Patrick Dobard Academic performance in New Orleans’ improved consistently for over a decade, but over the last few years, during our transition to higher state standards, the proficiency gap between New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana widened in… 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