We believe in a simple idea: that the people must be in charge of their own change.
We envision a place where public policy decisions are inclusive, transparent, and community-aligned; where all residents, regardless of race or economic status, are given equal access to excellent education; where schools serve students in environments that affirm their self-concepts, draw on the strengths of local culture, and engage their family units fully and respectfully.
Access the tools to create community-driven education policy.
Self-advocate with trainings, professional development, data, and research analysis
Make your vision for excellent public education a reality through policy, advocacy, power-building, and program incubation.
ZAKENYA P. NEELY
Vice-President of Partnerships & Programs
Communications & Marketing Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MR. FLOZELL DANIELS, JR., Chairman
President & CEO, Foundation for Louisiana
MR. ROBERT REILY,
The Reily Foundation
MS. THELMA FRENCH, Secretary
President & CEO, Total Community Action
MR. FRANK WILLIAMS, Treasurer
President, Lower 9th Ward Neighborhood Empowerment Association
DR. RENEE AKBAR
Chair, Xavier University of Louisiana Division of Education
DR. WILMER CODY, ED.D.
Former Commissioner of Education, Louisiana & Kentucky
MR. LLOYD DENNIS
Founder & President, The Silverback Society
MR. LAMONT HAYES
Senior Development Officer, Xavier University of Louisiana
MS. ERICA MCCONDUIT
President & CEO, Urban League of Greater New Orleans
MS. TIMOLYNN SAMS SUMTER
Executive Director, Neighborhoods Partnership Network
MRS. MARIA VIBANDOR HAYES
Engagement Manager, Cylance Inc.
MR. SEAN WILSON
Head of School, International High School New Orleans
Out of the focus groups, conversations and community meetings came ONE STEP's ultimate achievement: The People's Agenda, a synthesis of more than 300 policy recommendations, priorities, and solutions. The Agenda informs our mission, representing a holistic vision of excellence and equity in public education.
Ready, Set, Go! inspired New Orleans' first Born Learning Trail, a public play area where kids and parents can learn, play and grow together in the country's only trail presented in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese!
In recent years, we have asked "what is best to build?" Now, as the country turns the corner into a new era of school reform, the central concern is "what is best to sustain?"
OPEN answers this question by doing what it's always done: centering the voices and experiences of the people in education policy.
Looking ahead, and always honoring the past, OPEN keeps people informed, engaged, and equipped to advocate for the future: the children.
OPEN: The Voice and Source for Public Education.