“Yesterday was the time for schools to return.”

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OPEN Director and 100 Black Men’s Jonathan Wilson appeared on WBOK’s Good Morning Show with Oliver Thomas to talk about the call for unification in bringing New Orleans schools back to the community, equitable funding, and the critical anchors of equity, transparency, and accountability. Click here to listen to the full interview!

OPEN @ the Center for Reinventing Public Education

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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 […]

Parent Leadership in the News — StoryCorps Interview with Saundra Reed

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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 […]

OPEN Partners with 100 Black Men on School Governance

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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 […]

Building Civic Infrastructure, One Parent and Child at a Time

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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 […]