Guest Column from The Advocate: Programs addressing teacher shortage in New Orleans

September 13, 2019

This week, The Advocate published a piece by our CEO, Patrick Dobard, on what NSNO is doing to work on teacher retention and recruitment.


I was happy to read Katy Reckdahl’s powerful recent story about public education in New Orleans. Like many cities, we face real challenges with teacher recruitment and retention. We are grateful to Xavier University of Louisiana for building an innovative teacher residency to address these challenges.

Great teachers change lives. And as a city, we are lucky to have Nicole Molière at Harriet Tubman Charter School leading our children. Molière — with the support of her mentor teacher and the excellent Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency at Xavier — is making a real impact.

At New Schools for New Orleans, we have extensively researched teacher recruitment and retention in our city. This past year, we worked with the district, reviewed workforce data, and surveyed over 1,500 public school teachers to learn more about why teachers take or leave roles in our city…

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