We’re excited to announce the second cohort of Breakthrough Schools: New Orleans personalized learning fellows.

Even as New Orleans handed power back to educators – increasing their autonomy and ability to make decisions at the school level – we lacked a clear strategy to empower them to invent, test, and scale their ideas on how to boost academic performance.

We launched this fellowship last year, in partnership with Educate Now! and the Next Generation Learning Challenges, to provide a space for teachers to hone their skills and become classroom-level proof points in their schools – examples of how a more personalized learning experience could support student achievement.

These 22 fellows will come together to share ideas, learnings, and challenges related to integrating personalized learning strategies in their classrooms. Each fellow will receive a $2,000 stipend. They will travel as a cohort to see promising personalized learning models throughout the country and come together monthly for professional development. The one-year program culminates with a presentation of each fellow’s capstone project.

Audry Pallas – Livingston Collegiate
Chris Reed – Edna Karr HS
Christy Swauncy – KIPP Central City Academy
Corisma Barnes – Edna Karr HS
Elaine Savoy – Mildred Osborne
Jestin Moorehead – Morris Jeff
Leah Lykins – Abramson Sci Academy
Mendrek Solite – Nelson Charter School
Sari Levy – Bricolage Academy
Steffany Alecon – KIPP East Community
Whitney Radosti – ReNEW Cultural Arts
Alexis Dickie – Cohen College Prep HS
Alicia Laura – KIPP Renaissance
Alyssa Quaranta – Sci High
Hannah Rich – Sci High
Kristen Pate – Morris Jeff
Kyle Smith – Success Prep
Lance Eden – Einstein Charter MS
Megan Pavageau – Einstein Charter MS
Natalie Williams – Phillis Wheatley
Nora McConnell-Johnson – Samuel J. Green
Nora Wentworth – Akili Academy

Academic growth in New Orleans has regressed over the last few years. Unlocking the innovative energy of these educators will play a critical role in reestablishing consistent year over year improvement. We can’t wait to see what this year’s personalized learning fellowship cohort will do!

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