The New Orleans Equity Index Is LIVE!

After almost two years of research and analysis, OPEN and its partners are thrilled to present the New Orleans Education Equity Index. This first-of-its-kind data tool covers a wide range of statistics on how schools are serving the diverse needs of New Orleans learners. Users can view individual school profiles or examine system-wide performance in Read more about The New Orleans Equity Index Is LIVE![…]

New Interactive EDI Data Map Now Available!

OPEN is proud to present this new and updated data map covering critical child development metrics for over 65% of New Orleans’ 5-year-olds. EDI data collection is rolling out again this year — will you join the mission of supporting New Orleans’ youngest learners? Are you a school or charter leader? Click here to become a 2017 Early Development Read more about New Interactive EDI Data Map Now Available![…]

May 19th OPEN Policy Breakfast — Panel Lineup Now Announced!

Join OPEN for a morning of data and discussion on the education policies shaping Louisiana’s future, with commentary from: KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Honorable LaToya Cantrell New Orleans City Council, District B; 2017 Mayoral Candidate PANEL I: Ready for School, Ready for Life — Louisiana Early Childhood Supports Moderator: Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Read more about May 19th OPEN Policy Breakfast — Panel Lineup Now Announced![…]

Pledge TODAY: Support OPEN in GiveNOLA 2017

Remember Mikaela? This 4th-grade firecracker graduated the Children’s Leadership Training Institute just last spring. What you might not know is that Mikaela’s mom, FLTI graduate Kim Dejan, is making waves too, turning her “Baking With A Purpose” project into free cooking classes for local kids — and sneaking in some essential life lessons along the way. Read more about Pledge TODAY: Support OPEN in GiveNOLA 2017[…]

It’s Getting Hard to Stay Civil… HR 610 and the threat to schools

Well, it seems like the new administration is wasting no time in the quest to dismantle public education. Are you ready to step up and defend it? House Bill 610 (HR 610) or the Choices in Education Act of 2017, in its own words: This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 Read more about It’s Getting Hard to Stay Civil… HR 610 and the threat to schools[…]

OPEN on equity: “Children bring their communities with them in their backpacks”

OPEN director Nahliah Webber on the Midcity Messenger: “Children bring their communities with them in their backpacks,” she said. “So whatever is going on in their neighborhoods is with them, so we need to have a larger conversation about what’s going on around them and how to solve it.” Webber said OPEN is working to Read more about OPEN on equity: “Children bring their communities with them in their backpacks”[…]

Help the students and families affected by tornadoes

OPEN expresses its deep concern for the schools, students and families impacted by the February 7 tornado in New Orleans East. Our staff is dedicated to connecting the affected communities, parents and children with the resources they need to recover. Over the next week we’ll be posting detailed information about relief efforts and what you Read more about Help the students and families affected by tornadoes[…]

Drumroll, please…

We are thrilled to announce the honorees of the 2017 Orleans Public Education Awards, celebrating the schools and individuals that are shaping our city’s future. Click here to read about the award selection process, buy your tickets today, or read on for the final lineup: ABSOLUTE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Elementary SchoolGiven to elementary schools that have consistently Read more about Drumroll, please…[…]

McDonogh #42 — New Charter Operator Applications due January 4

 RSD to convene parent and community review panel as part of charter school operator selection process The Recovery School District (RSD) has released the 2017-18 Request for Applications (RFA) process for charter school organizations interested in operating McDonogh #42 Elementary Charter School in New Orleans. On December 6th, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Read more about McDonogh #42 — New Charter Operator Applications due January 4[…]

Louisiana Education Issues: Top 10 for 2017

With a state budget crisis and severe threats to vital public services still looming, Louisiana’s education systems are at a crossroad – they will either continue to think and improve or take giant steps backward. In many respects, the economic growth and development that is a product of education and which drives the quality of Read more about Louisiana Education Issues: Top 10 for 2017[…]

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