The Orleans Public Education Awards recognize, reward, and promote excellence in New Orleans public schools — telling the untold stories, elevating innovative practice, and celebrating the bond between educator, student and community.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 | Press Street Station

2018 Honorees

The Enduring Impact Award

Ms. Shirley Trusty Corey
Founder, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

About the Enduring Impact Award

The Distinguished Product Award

Mr. Charles Rice, Esq.
President & CEO, Entergy New Orleans

About the Distinguished Product Award

The Champion for Public Education Award

Mr. Robert Reily
Vice Chairman, Greater New Orleans Education Foundation

About the Champion for Public Education Award

School Honorees

Absolute Achievement, Elementary: Alice Harte Charter School, Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math & Science School, and Morris Jeff Community School
Absolute Achievement, High School: Edna Karr High School, New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School, and Warren Easton Charter High School

About the Correlates of Effective Schools Awards

The Enduring Impact Award

Ms. Shirley Trusty Corey
Founder, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

About the Enduring Impact Award

The Distinguished Product Award

Mr. Charles Rice, Esq.
President & CEO, Entergy New Orleans

About the Distinguished Product Award

The Champion for Public Education Award

Mr. Robert Reily
Vice Chairman, Greater New Orleans Education Foundation

About the Champion for Public Education Award

School Honorees

Absolute Achievement, Elementary:Alice Harte Charter School, Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math & Science School, and Morris Jeff Community School
Absolute Achievement, High School: Edna Karr High School, New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School, and Warren Easton Charter High School

About the Correlates of Effective Schools Awards

About the OPEAs

The Orleans Public Education Awards celebrate “what works and why” in our city's open-enrollment public schools.

OPEN is humbled to be able to salute the accomplishments of the OPEA honorees and honorable mentions. Each individual and entity works with an unwavering belief in this community and its students. Sometimes, they do their work in spite of the circumstances or prediction – and make it look easy while doing so. Their example calls all of us to a higher standard, to a collective commitment to create a public education system of which our children and our community can be proud.

The OPEAs & You

Why Sponsor the Awards?

Your partnership as a sponsor will go directly in service of one mission: celebrating, energizing, and inspiring the public educators that serve over 70% of New Orleans’s children. ​ In return for your partnership, you will receive OPEN’s fullest commitment to promoting your brand in the OPEAs’ communications, marketing and PR strategy, plus featured ad placement in the event itself.

Publicity Opportunities

The OPEAs pack the room with over 100 prominent civic, business, and education leaders every year, and reach thousands of people through our media campaign. Your brand will be front and center before this powerful demographic. We are committed to ensuring that your presence is maximized throughout our event, strengthening your visibility and raising awareness of your commitment to public education and educators. Become a sponsor and your organization will receive:

PR & Media

Our yearly promotional campaign regularly surpasses 200,000 impressions via paid advertising, plus print, TV and radio coverage of the awards.

Online Media

Your logo featured front and center on the OPEA website, as well as email and social media communications.

Print Collateral

Sponsoring organizations’ logos will be printed in award programs, invitations, and any other campaign material.

On Stage

Sponsor logos appear prominently during award presentation and ceremony, and sponsor speaking opportunities are available.

Sponsorship Levels

• Sponsor logo and hyperlink on OPEA website
• Banner ad in event program
• Dedicated table signage
• Logo featured during award presentation and in event hall signage
• Block of 10 invitations to award ceremony

$1,500

• Sponsor logo and hyperlink on OPEA website
• Banner ad in event program
• Dedicated table signage
• Logo featured during award presentation and in event hall signage
• Block of 10 invitations to award ceremony
• Award naming and presentation rights with on-stage speaking opportunity (i.e. "Your Business Presents the 2018 Outstanding Community Partner Award")
• $300 cash donation to honored organization in your name

$3,500

• Sponsor logo and hyperlink on OPEA website
• Banner ad in event program
• Dedicated table signage
• Logo featured during award presentation and in event hall signage
• Block of 10 invitations to award ceremony
• Award naming and presentation rights with on-stage speaking opportunity (i.e. "Your Business Presents the 2018 Elementary Absolute Achievement Award")
• Louisiana Education Policy Fellowship Program scholarship donated to school employee in your name

$3,500

• Sponsor logo and hyperlink on OPEA website
• Half-page ad in event program
• Dedicated table signage
• Logo featured during award presentation and in event hall signage
• Block of 10 invitations to award ceremony
• Award naming and presentation rights with on-stage speaking opportunity (i.e. "Your Business Presents the 2018 Enduring Impact Award")

$5,000

• Sponsor logo and hyperlink on OPEA website
• Full-page ad in event program
• Dedicated table signage
• Logo featured during award presentation and in event hall signage
• Block of 10 invitations to award ceremony
• Exclusive naming rights to awards as a whole (i.e. "Your Business Presents the 2018 Orleans Public Education Awards")

$10,000

Award Selection & Past Honorees

The Orleans Public Education Network distributes awards to schools based on data analysis of the last three school years (2014/15 - 2016/17). OPEN’s analysis examines the percentage of students performing at grade level or above (i.e. Basic or above). This is notably a higher standard than what is included in the state standardized assessment, but a reasonable baseline for examining excellence in student achievement.

With these considerations in mind, all state assessments administered over the period and End of Course data for all schools serving grades 3-12 were reviewed for school years 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. For a school to be considered a best practice, it must have demonstrated academic success serving all grades within the grouping for the three-year period.

Only open-enrollment schools are considered for the Orleans Public Education Awards. Schools with selective enrollment criteria contribute to the conversation of best practices in teaching and learning, but as we work for more equity and excellence in the public school system, it is a priority to highlight what is best in schools that achieve excellent results for all students — especially those who may have shown lower academic performance prior to enrollment.

Additional criteria include:

  • • 50% or more students scoring Basic or above in the majority of the 4 subjects under consideration (ELA/Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) at each grade level. SPS scores were not part of the criteria for analysis.
  • • Above-state average in percentage of students achieving Basic or above in the majority of the subject areas over the three year period.

Site visits are also conducted to identify the following 7 Correlates of Effective Schools, a set of criteria based on 50 years of educational research that are the foundation for how OPEN evaluates quality schools:

  • • A clearly stated and focused mission on learning for all
  • • A safe and orderly environment for learning
  • • Uncompromising commitment to high expectations for all
  • • Instructional leadership
  • • Opportunity to learn is paramount
  • • Frequent monitoring of progress
  • • Enhanced, regular communication with families and community partners

2017 Distinguished Product of New Orleans Public Schools

Dr. Petrice Sams-Abiodun
Executive Director, Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy

2017 Enduring Impact Award

Barbara MacPhee
Founding Principal, New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School

2017 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, Elementary Absolute Achievement

Alice Harte Charter School

2017 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, High School Absolute Achievement

Warren Easton Charter High School and Edna Karr High School

2017 Outstanding Community Partner Award

Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.)

2017 School & Community Partnership Award

Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans

2015 Enduring Impact Award

Mr. Jay Altman and Dr. Anthony Recasner
Founders, New Orleans Charter Middle School

2015 Distinguished Product of New Orleans Public Schools

Dr. Calvin Mackie
Founder, STEM NOLA

The 2015 Innovative Approaches to School Design and Delivery Award

Morris Jeff Community School

The 2015 Innovative Approaches to Early Childhood Integration Award

Mahalia Jackson Elementary School

The 2015 Exemplary Arts Education Award

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

The 2015 Exemplary Language Immersion Education Award

International School of Louisiana

The 2015 Outstanding Community Partner Award

The Silverback Society

The 2015 Adult and Opportunity Youth Education Award

New Orleans Job Corps Center and Youth Empowerment Project

2014 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, Fast Growth

John McDonogh #32 Literacy Academy

The 2014 Teacher Quality Award

Alice M. Harte Charter School

The 2014 Outstanding Community Partner Award

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans

2014 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, Elementary Absolute Achievement

Edward Hynes Charter School

2014 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, High School Absolute Achievement

Warren Easton Charter High School

2014 Distinguished Product of New Orleans Public Schools

Mr. James "Jim" Singleton
Chairman, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority & Total Community Action

2014 Enduring Impact Award

Mrs. Mary Haynes-Smith
Principal, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School

2013 Distinguished Product of New Orleans Public Schools

Mr. Alden McDonald
President, Liberty Bank & Trust Co.

2013 Distinguished Product of New Orleans Public Schools

Ms. Mary Laurie
Principal, L.B. Landry-O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School

2013 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, Elementary Absolute Achievement

Martin Behrman Charter School Academy of  Creative Arts and Sciences

2013 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, High School Absolute Achievement

New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School

2013 School and Community Partnership Award

Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy

2013 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, Elementary Fast Growth

John McDonogh #32 Literacy Academy

2013 Correlates of Effective Schools Award, High School Fast Growth

Sophie B. Wright Charter School

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