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Welcome, Nahliah: Introducing OPEN’s New Executive Director

The Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) Board of Directors is proud to announce the hire of experienced education nonprofit professional Nahliah Webber as OPEN’s new Executive Director. Ms. Webber assumes the position recently previously held by Deidre Johnson Burel. Ms. Webber holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Education from Columbia University. She comes to… Read More ›

Deirdre Johnson Burel: Goodbye, and hello.

 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:…” –Ecclesiastes 3:1 Dear friends of OPEN, As a friend, colleague and supporter of OPEN’s work over the years, I wanted to jot a personal note to let you know about my transition and what’s next. After much prayer and thoughtful consideration,… Read More ›

Louisiana Education Policy Fellowship Program Now Accepting Applications

Louisiana policy professionals: do you want to sharpen your skills, expand your networks, and become part of one of the nation’s most distinguished professional development programs? The Louisiana Education Policy Fellowship Program is a 10-month series of colloquiums that prepared high-potential professionals for leadership in education and related policy fields. Apply today to join the… Read More ›

“Unification is an idea whose time has come” — Deirdre Johnson Burel on 100 Black Men Panel

Our own Deirdre Johnson Burel spoke at a panel hosted by the 100 Black Men of Greater New Orleans on April 20th. From The Louisiana Weekly: As legislation moves through the house and senate seeking an end to the fractured system of education governance in New Orleans, the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans… Read More ›


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