School Talent Development Programs

At the heart of New Orleans’ academic transformation are thousands of educators who dedicate themselves to delivering great instruction to the city’s students. The school talent development organizations listed below recruit new and experienced educators, support the development of middle and school leaders, and provide personalized support to CMOs. To access these programs, please contact Stephanie Slates at

Learn more about school talent development programs for New Orleans.

Achievement Network

ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equity by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

  • ANet coaches work closely with leaders to implement a strong teaching and learning cycle and provide professional development. They share best practices from our national network of over 700 schools.
  • ANet provides formative, standards-aligned interim assessments that give teachers timely, actionable, and student-specific data. The LDOE gave them their highest rating.
  • ANet’s simple but powerful online platform allows teachers to easily view data reports and access Common Core-aligned instructional resources.

Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers is a talent partner that helps to fill important leadership and management roles outside the classroom – in operations, finance, HR, marketing, and more. Education Pioneers provides easy access to high quality, diverse talent to meet your team’s short-term or long-term capacity needs.

Leading Educators

Leading Educators leverages research and instructional best practices to build relevant, job-embedded systems of professional learning designed to drive radical, system-wide improvements in teacher practice and student performance. They help create the enabling conditions for distributed leadership that allows teacher leaders to lead proven, content-specific, equity-based teacher development.  They support systems to empower their best teachers and embed professional development in schools through Cycles of Professional Learning.
Leading Educators support services include:

  • National and Regional Summer Institutes
  • School Year Workshops
  • Coaching
  • Virtual Learning

Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay helps both novice and veteran teachers reach professional mastery through both a one-year alternative certification program and a two-year Master of Arts in Teaching program focused on practical, research-based teaching techniques.

Relay supports partner schools in recruiting, hiring, and training new teachers for a lifelong career in teaching through a unique two-year residency program that leads to both certification and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Relay offers a one-year fellowship that trains sitting school leaders in the tenants of effective leadership.

Special Education Leader Fellowship (SELF)

SELF’s mission is to improve the quality of special education programming by developing highly skilled special education leaders in schools. To ensure students with exceptionalities reach their potential, they develop special education leaders to build:

  • their technical expertise and leadership skills;
  • a shared belief in the potential of all young people;
  • partnerships with colleagues, external organizations, and parents; and
  • personal responsibility for student success.

Teach for America

TFA recruits outstanding and diverse leaders early in their careers to make a life-long commitment that begins with two years’ teaching in a public school, partnering with children and families most acutely impacted by educational inequity. TFA believes that teaching is a profound act of leadership, and we provide the training, professional development, and access to resource and support networks alongside our community partners in order for our corps members to advance the academic and personal growth of their students and to help strengthen their schools.

TFA supports the ongoing growth and potential for collective impact of its alumni as many continue to teach in high-need schools and others pursue opportunities as advocates, leaders, founders, and entrepreneurs in education as well as the business, civic, and philanthropy sectors that shape the context and conditions in which schools operate.

TNTP / TeachNola

TNTP provides content-specific training, coaching and other support to help teachers and school leaders successfully shift to the Common Core. They help school and network leaders design systems and structures that support Common Core-aligned instruction and build the capacity of schools to develop their teachers’ instructional expertise.

Through teachNOLA, TNTP recruits, trains and certifies teachers for New Orleans classrooms. We also partner with schools and networks to coach teachers on key instructional skills. TNTP trains and coaches school leaders to create a shared vision of instructional excellence in their schools, to effectively manage their instructional teams, and to foster strong instructional culture in their buildings.

TNTP helps schools and CMOs put systems and policies in place that support great teaching and accelerate student learning. We help partners craft strategic plans; design and implement evaluation, compensation and career pathway systems; and surface strengths, challenges and opportunities to improve in key areas that have an impact on teacher quality.