School Talent Development

Effective, autonomous schools and innovative talent development organizations have made New Orleans a hub for great educators. The ecosystem of talent organizations works hand in hand with charter operators to drive improvements in teacher efficacy — and, in turn, student performance. NSNO supports the following organizations to build and maintain a strong and effective talent development ecosystem in New Orleans.

Relay Graduate School of Education

Relay GSE’s innovative certification and master’s degree programs teach teachers and school leaders the practical skills and knowledge they need to lead students to success in college and life.

Teach For America

Teach For America works to end educational inequity by developing teachers and leaders who foster transformational change inside and beyond the classroom so that all children from every socioeconomic background have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.


TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. A national nonprofit founded by teachers, we work at every level of the public education system to help our partners end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. Through teachNOLA, TNTP recruits, trains and certifies teachers for New Orleans classrooms.


Special Education Leader Fellowship (SELF) works to ensure high-quality educational programs for special education students. SELF focuses on building the special education talent pipeline starting with the middle leaders as the main unit of change.

Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency

The NCFTR mission is to develop exceptional educators who want to make this work their career. They combine the proven methods of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Master’s Degree program with mentorship and on-the-job coaching to ensure Residents are equipped to support students’ success in school and in life.