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![…]

Let Your Voice Be Heard — Take OPSB’s Education Survey!

The Orleans Parish School Board wants to hear from you about the New Orleans education system. This survey focuses on your satisfaction, priorities, and OPSB’s role with the current system. To take this survey you can: • Follow this link • Text the phrase “NOLAEDSURVEY” to 41411 • Or by picking up and dropping off a physical copy to Family Read more about Let Your Voice Be Heard — Take OPSB’s Education Survey![…]

Help the students and families affected by tornadoes

OPEN expresses its deep concern for the schools, students and families impacted by the February 7 tornado in New Orleans East. Our staff is dedicated to connecting the affected communities, parents and children with the resources they need to recover. Over the next week we’ll be posting detailed information about relief efforts and what you Read more about Help the students and families affected by tornadoes[…]

Let me tell you about two kids.

Let me tell you about two kids. Jaiden (above) and Mikaela (below, center) came into OPEN’s Family Leadership Training Institute from two very different places. Mikaela’s mom Kim says that “she’s always been a natural leader. When she sees something she wants to change, she speaks out. It’s a struggle to hold it in at Read more about Let me tell you about two kids.[…]

#NOLAParentPerspectives Brings Parents Into Dialogue

On Thursday July 23, parent voice finally took center stage in the New Orleans education conversation. The NOLA Parent Perspectives Town Hall brought together real parents of New Orleans public school students to showcase broad and diverse perspectives on issues like OneApp, school closure, governance, accountability and more. Polls taken at the event demonstrated that: • 53% Read more about #NOLAParentPerspectives Brings Parents Into Dialogue[…]

FLTI parent leader visits with Michelle Obama!

We are thrilled to announce that FLTI NOLA 2015 graduate Kanitra Charles and Julia Bland of the Louisiana Children’s Museum met First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony honoring exceptional libraries and museums. The LCM received a 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Sciences — one of only ten museums and libraries in the nation to do so. The two ladies were Read more about FLTI parent leader visits with Michelle Obama![…]

Parent Leader Ty Salvant On Stage @ 4.0 Pitch Night!

Watch FLTI ’15 graduate Ty Salvant present her community project Young Scholars at 4.0 Schools Pitch Night! Homeschooling families have a tough job, and often experience feelings of frustration, isolation and despair. Young Scholars solves this by providing community, flexibility, and accountability in a supportive environment. See the presentation deck here or click above to view the video.

The Born Learning Trail Featured on WWNO

“What we all always think about is our kids need to know their ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s,” says Burel. “They have to know that, but they have to be physically healthy, their social emotional maturity, their motor skills. And so what the skill does through exploration, through problem solving, through engagement, through actually walking Read more about The Born Learning Trail Featured on WWNO[…]

Parent Leaders Take the Stage

On April 8, 2014, the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI NOLA) celebrated the graduation of its second class of parent leaders! PLTI enables parents to become effective advocates for children through a 20-week course on leadership, politics, policy and media. Parents define the curriculum and participate in its evaluation and outcomes. Family supports, such as Read more about Parent Leaders Take the Stage[…]


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