Louisiana Education Issues: Top 10 for 2017

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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 […]

Classroom Management: A Guide for Teachers

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Classroom management is the process by which teachers and schools create and maintain positive behavior of students in learning settings with the purpose of enhancing students’ academic skills and competencies, as well as their social and emotional development. Effective teachers use management not to control student behavior, but to influence and direct it in a […]

Cultural Competence in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers

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As the country is becoming increasingly diverse, so are today’s classrooms. Teachers need to have the knowledge and skills to connect with students of all backgrounds. A teacher who is responsive to the unique differences among students and can provide an environment of respect and reciprocity can have a profound effect on student success. Recognizing the […]

Visions, Values and Voice – A Social Communications Toolkit

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Check it out — a guide to making waves for your cause from our friends at the Opportunity Agenda, featuring super-powered justice advocate Helvetika Bold! The word “communications” is a necessarily broad term, referring to a range of different strategies and activities. In the social justice world we communicate about issues, big ideas, specific policies, organizations, […]

Advocacy Toolkit

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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!

State of the Young Child in New Orleans: EDI Neighborhood Profiles

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The Ready, Set, Go! team is pleased to announce the latest EDI Neighborhood Profiles, a series of documents outlining early childhood development data in 44 New Orleans neighborhoods. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a population measure of how kindergarten age children are developing in communities, measuring five areas of early childhood development: • Physical health […]

State of the Young Child in New Orleans: EDI Community Profile 2013

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It’s important for children to enter kindergarten prepared to respond to and take advantage of the school experience. Understanding the extent to which neighborhood level conditions help or hinder early childhood development can help policymakers and neighborhood leaders identify where to direct efforts to optimize school readiness. EDI data can provide the ammunition that community […]

2014 Policy Priorities

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OPEN’s policy priorities serve to advance the important objectives of each area of focus. We are committed to working with the community and policymakers during the 2014 Legislative Session to achieve an enduring impact on the educational landscape. This year’s priorities build upon OPEN’s commitment to student success and equity. They are as follows: Early […]