OPEN is proud to announce the publication of the first Out in the OPEN, a year-end review highlighting our successes and projects throughout 2014. In these pages you’ll see parents fighting for their kids, data on the 2014 OPEN Public Education Award honorees, tributes to those our community has lost, up-to-the-minute information on crucial school […]
OPEN’s Policy Toolkit is a hands-on guide to championing your cause to local officials. Get step-by-step advocacy tips, sample language for letters and tweets, useful communication tactics and much more. Think that you can’t change the world? Think again. With this handy guide, advocating for your cause is both easy and effective. Click here to download!
Four New Orleans charter schools will be honored this month by the Orleans Public Education Network: Edward Hynes and Warren Easton for high achievement, McDonogh #32 for fast growth and Alice Harte for teacher quality. The network announced the winners Tuesday, with Director Deirdre Johnson Burel calling them “a particularly distinguished group.” Click here to […]
For democracy to work, citizens must be engaged and speak up in ways that encourage — indeed require — our elected officials to respond in alignment with our values. They do, or fail to do so, at their own peril. So, perhaps more disconcerting than the 4-3 bloc is what it says about the fissures […]
OPEN’s Executive Director Deirdre Johnson Burel recently travelled to Tulsa, OK, to serve on the 2015 Brock International Prize in Education jury. The Brock International Prize in Education recognizes an individual who has made a specific innovation or contribution to the science and art of education, resulting in a significant impact on the practice or […]
The Orleans Public Education Network officially announced the winners of its two top annual honors Thursday. Mary Haynes-Smith, principal of Mary Bethune Elementary, will receive the Enduring Impact Award. James M. “Jim” Singleton, chairman of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and former City Council member, will be honored as the 2014 Distinguished Product of New […]
Are you an education leader? Submit your school today for consideration in the 2014 OPEN Public Education Awards! The two nominating categories for schools are the Teacher Quality Award and School and Community Partnership Award. The deadline for submitting nomination surveys is September 30, 2014. Surveys should be sent to 3321 Tulane Avenue, NOLA 70119, […]
Local graduates have already created nutrition gardens in their local schools, run martial arts classes for disadvantaged young men, achieved significant career development in their chosen fields and more. In other communities, graduates have gone on to lead community organizations, serve on local school boards, and win election to the state legislature. Click here to […]
The Orleans Public Education Network holds its annual “convening” Sept. 20, and the group is warming up with a series of Twitter chats on hot New Orleans education topics. Click here to read the story on NOLA.com!
OPEN Executive Director Deirdre Johnson Burel appeared on WBOK to give an overview of our summer film series and talk a little on the history of public education in New Orleans. Click here to listen!