Nahliah talks school equity on NPR: “So what we’re seeing is a segregation of sorts.”

Our Executive Director Nahliah Webber appeared on WWNO last week to talk about the Equity Index release, school governance, and the importance of data in student supports. Listen to the full interview here or check out the transcript: When parents in New Orleans are deciding where to send their child to school, many of them Read more about Nahliah talks school equity on NPR: “So what we’re seeing is a segregation of sorts.”[…]

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”[…]

OPEN @ the Center for Reinventing Public Education

Our Executive Director Deirdre Johnson Burel appeared at January’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) Oakland Portfolio Network meeting, speaking at the “Group Action: Race, Localism, and the Portfolio Strategy” panel. Portfolio implementation has too often been seen as an outsider strategy that displaces local people, particularly people of color. The panel examined how can Read more about OPEN @ the Center for Reinventing Public Education[…]

Parent Leadership in the News — StoryCorps Interview with Saundra Reed

The StoryCorps is in New Orleans! This independent radio project has a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world,” and in December our own Saundra Reed and Deirdre Johnson Burel went on the mic to talk about parent leadership, the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the vital Read more about Parent Leadership in the News — StoryCorps Interview with Saundra Reed[…]

OPEN Partners with 100 Black Men on School Governance

Encouraged by the large community turnout and positive response to the public education forum the group held in December, the 100 Black Men of Greater New Orleans is looking to engage the local community in conversation on governance and a possible return of schools to local control. OPEN is proud to be a part of this Read more about OPEN Partners with 100 Black Men on School Governance[…]

New Orleans Media Visit with the Family Leadership Training Institute

“Getting publicity for a good cause is one of the hardest parts of being a grassroots leader, and I appreciated these journalists taking the time to give us tips. But I’m concerned that so many of the people reporting on education in this city aren’t fully engaging with the community, aren’t reaching viewpoints on all Read more about New Orleans Media Visit with the Family Leadership Training Institute[…]

Deirdre Johnson Burel on WWNO: School Choice and Educational Equity

On January 20, Deirdre Johnson Burel made an appearance on WWNO as part of the Southern Education Desk series, saying “[t]he argument against school choice is really about the power of the school as the nexus of community. That schools are really anchors to community. And we should invest in quality schools in every neighborhood.” She says more Read more about Deirdre Johnson Burel on WWNO: School Choice and Educational Equity[…]

Building Civic Infrastructure, One Parent and Child at a Time

We’re proud to announce the new initiatives, opportunities and programs provided by two generous grants from our funder-partners at the William K. Kellogg Foundation and the Institute for Mental Hygiene. Impacting School Readiness in NOLA The William K. Kellogg Foundation is helping us to ensure that by 2020, every child in New Orleans enters school Read more about Building Civic Infrastructure, One Parent and Child at a Time[…]

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