Announcing a whole week of parent-centric October events!

Parents’ Night Out NOLA is a one-week popup event series for parents and caregivers, giving you clear answers and actionable information on your children’s education. Events cover a range of topics, centering around the structures, organizations and resources to help students grow and thrive. Every morning you’ll get resources, tools, and webinars from experts in the field. After Read more about Announcing a whole week of parent-centric October events![…]

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.”[…]

The New Orleans Equity Index Is LIVE!

After almost two years of research and analysis, OPEN and its partners are thrilled to present the New Orleans Education Equity Index. This first-of-its-kind data tool covers a wide range of statistics on how schools are serving the diverse needs of New Orleans learners. Users can view individual school profiles or examine system-wide performance in Read more about The New Orleans Equity Index Is LIVE![…]

May 19th OPEN Policy Breakfast — Panel Lineup Now Announced!

Join OPEN for a morning of data and discussion on the education policies shaping Louisiana’s future, with commentary from: KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Honorable LaToya Cantrell New Orleans City Council, District B; 2017 Mayoral Candidate PANEL I: Ready for School, Ready for Life — Louisiana Early Childhood Supports Moderator: Melanie Bronfin, Executive Director, Louisiana Policy Institute for Read more about May 19th OPEN Policy Breakfast — Panel Lineup Now Announced![…]

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”[…]

New data on school closure and charter takeovers from ERA NOLA

Analyzing the impact of closures and takeovers on student outcomes in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge from 2008-2012 Extreme Measures: When and How School Closures and Charter Takeovers Benefit Students Panel & Report Release Monday, October 17, 2016 | 5:30pm — 7:30pm CST On October 17, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans will publicly Read more about New data on school closure and charter takeovers from ERA NOLA[…]

Letter from the Executive Director: The Bigger Conversation

Friends of OPEN, As I settle into my role as OPEN’s new Executive Director I’ve been having a lot of conversations around the city about equity in schools and OPEN’s part in creating it. You may have been hearing this word “equity” a lot lately. From school board meetings to casual conversations with educator friends, Read more about Letter from the Executive Director: The Bigger Conversation[…]

Unification is an idea whose time has come

Our own Deirdre Johnson Burel spoke at a panel hosted by the 100 Black Men of Greater New Orleans on April 20th. From The Louisiana Weekly: As legislation moves through the house and senate seeking an end to the fractured system of education governance in New Orleans, the 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans Read more about Unification is an idea whose time has come[…]

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