New Orleans’ Students Continue to Grow Academically as Rigor Increases


Executive Summary: Since Hurricane Katrina, educational outcomes in New Orleans — from state test scores to college entry rates — have improved dramatically. They have done so even as Louisiana’s academic expectations have risen in three significant ways in recent… Read More

In Case You Missed It: Feb / March 2019


Highlights of New Orleans education news from February and early March 2019. School closures are tough, but necessary, New Orleans school leaders say Feb 6 | | The Times-Picayune Patrick Dobard, New Schools for New Orleans CEO, Crescent City… Read More

“Music is in our DNA”: Band directors on values, setlists, and the arts in New Orleans


There are more than 70 parades each Mardi Gras season. In addition to the colorful floats and festive krewes, school bands are a highlight of each one. Students march in many parades each season, walking long distances with heavy instruments,… Read More

Leadership, Marching, and the Power of Music: An Interview with Patrick Dobard


When and where were you a drum major?  I was a drum major my senior year, 1985, at St. Augustine High School here in New Orleans. What was the best thing about being a drum major during Mardi Gras? The… Read More

Reflections from The NET Charter High School


Elizabeth Ostberg is the Co-Founder & Executive Director at The NET Charter High School, an alternative school for students ages 15 through 21. A month or so ago now, my student Kiontay summed up one of the things that makes me really… Read More

In Case You Missed It – January 2019


McDonogh 35 handoff to make New Orleans 1st all-charter school system by 2022 Dec 21 | | The Times-Picayune “The Orleans Parish School Board has chosen InspireNOLA Charter Schools as the future operator of McDonogh 35 Senior High School,… Read More

Guest Column from The 74: Regulators, Innovators, & Collaborators in NOLA Education


This week, The 74 published a piece by our CEO, Patrick Dobard, on what’s really behind the strength of New Orleans Public Schools. We’re proud to share it here. Read on for Patrick’s reflections on the innovators, regulators, and collaborators at the… Read More

The Most Powerful People I Know: My Students


Juan Serrano teaches the Seminar in Social Justice at Abramson Sci Academy, a Collegiate Academies School, and is a 2017 New Orleans Excellence in Teaching Award Winner. I am fortunate to come to work every day, where I am surrounded by… Read More

Momentum for 2019: New Orleans Education in the New Year


2018 was a significant year for education in New Orleans. Together, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), schools, CMOs, partners, families, and the community at large came together to make continued progress for children. Last year, our system of schools… Read More

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