Launching the New Orleans Instructional Quality Initiative


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


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


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.


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


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


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

Reflections on the LDOE Teacher Leader Summit


By Tom Shepley, VP of Schools A few weeks ago, the Louisiana Department of Education held their fifth annual Teacher Leader Summit.  This event, which is free for teachers and school leaders across the state, was a great reminder of… Read More

Supporting students beyond high school graduation


In our changing economy, it’s increasingly clear that the young people of New Orleans today must have an education that goes past high school if they are to have a place in the workforce of the future. New Orleans students… Read More

What the cuts to TOPS Scholarships mean for New Orleans students


In 2016-2017, Louisiana did not fully fund TOPS for the first time in the program’s history. Louisiana’s college students from low income households are disproportionately impacted by these reductions. The Louisiana College Access Coalition (NSNO is part of this growing… Read More