The Proficiency Project

NSNO provides direct support to New Orleans schools as we all work to deliver on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in the city. This direct support rests on the following key principles:

  • Focusing on academic proficiency and the college ready threshold for all students
  • Supporting collaboration across schools
  • Providing objective, high-bar feedback to schools and leaders
  • Facilitating leadership development that supports student achievement
  • Researching & disseminating emerging best practices
  • Driving the use of research-proven practices, especially those found in the highest performing charters

With these principles in mind, NSNO has created and aligned direct school support work into the Proficiency Project. Schools can choose to apply for programs in the Proficiency Project that align to their strategic plans for school improvement and in support of their goals of student academic proficiency. Use the tabs below to explore our school support offerings by role or click here for an overview by level of support. Please contact Jeremy Roussel at for more information or to access these programs.

Learn more about available resources for these roles.

The Common Core Connection

A monthly newsletter of high yield resources including instructional tools, professional development modules, training opportunities, current testing information, best practices from local educators, and videos of students and educators sharing perspectives on their schools and classrooms.

Whole School Reviews

In a full-day session, NSNO surveys teachers and students and gathers a team of leaders from other local schools to observe every classroom and interview each staff member with the goal of providing high-level strengths, areas for growth, and key areas of focus.

Targeted School Reviews (Pilot)

NSNO is piloting targeted school reviews for a limited number of schools. These reviews will be targeted specifically at: 1) school culture and data-driven instruction foundational practices, 2) content-specific instructional practices in ELA and math, or 3) the alignment of teacher support with instructional priorities.

CMO Reviews

In CMOs where NSNO has conducted at least one review for each school, we will compile data across these reviews and conduct interviews of all CMO staff to provide high-level strengths, areas for growth, and recommended key focus areas.

Leading Instructional Change Cohort

Formerly the Fellows Program, this programming targets school-based instructional leaders and CMO staff to work in small groups of 6-8 to drive instructional change in ELA and math at their schools using learnings from instructional rounds, co-observations, and student work analysis.

Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship

In partnership with UnCommon Schools, this selective 1‐year, job-embedded leadership program offered nationally focuses on building competency in key instructional and cultural leadership levers for sitting leaders. NSNO convenes a local cohort of participants to reinforce skills learned in national trainings.

Proficiency Rounds

In three-hour feedback and action planning sessions, NSNO will gather a team of leaders from other partner schools and organizations with the goal of providing feedback related to a defined problem of practice, in support of Leading Instructional Change (LIC) cohort members and Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship (NPAF) cohort members.

Early Learning (K-2), LEAP Years (3-8), and ACT 23 (High School) Consortia

Schools have the opportunity to confidentially share data and resources to measure progress to the college ready threshold and to identify citywide trends. Schools may elect to share STEP, F&P, and MAP data in grades K – 8. High schools may elect to work together to develop and share ACT prep resources aligned to 9th and 10th grade courses (e.g. scope and sequences, formative assessments).