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Raising The Bar For Louisiana's Education Standards

Jun 20, 2017
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A new law goes into effect this month to replace No Child Left Behind. The Every Student Succeeds Act will require states - not the federal government - to determine how to evaluate and improve schools. But stakeholders are still divided over what Louisiana's plan should look like.

NOCCA's Not-So-Secret Garden at Press Street

Jun 8, 2017
David Benedetto

Poet Gary Snyder once said, “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” That sentiment, for those of us living in the middle of a city, can be hard to remember, let alone to follow. NolaVie's David Benedetto caught up with the manager of Press Street Gardens, Marguerite Green, who described what it takes to keep up an educational farm and green space in the middle of New Orleans. 

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.

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Eric Parrie teaches history at G.W. Carver Collegiate Academy. Recently, he gave his students a broad writing assignment: tell the story of a meaningful moment and just tell it as powerfully and beautifully and in as detailed a way as you can.

Those stories are published in a new book called History Between These Folds. Parrie partnered with the non-profit Big Class and the writer Kiese Laymon to launch a personal history project, collecting stories from about 80 juniors at Carver.

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

This week on All Things New Orleans, we'll examine the costs and consequences of charging for justice in the city with Jon Wool, Director of the Vera Institue of Justice.  Then, WWNO's education desk teams up with the Listening Post to ask students about dealing with trauma in their classrooms. 

And Flozell Daniels Jr., President & CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana joins us as we take a look at Louisiana's Justice Reinvestment Task Force and their recommendations during this legislative session. 

The Listening Post at Carver Collegiate Academy in New Orleans East.
Thomas Walsh / The Listening Post

This past winter WWNO’s education desk looked at how local schools are dealing with trauma in their classrooms. To wrap up their series they collaborated with The Listening Post to bring their questions to Carver Collegiate Academy in New Orleans East. Reporter Mallory Falk and producer Claudia Lopez take a listen to the results.

Mallory Falk / WWNO

New Orleans might soon become the first city without a single traditional public school. The superintendent and school board decide later this month whether to charter the last five schools, which means they’d be publicly funded but privately run. That has at least one family concerned.

Pontchartrain Astronomy Society

Even from the light-polluted glare of New Orleans, it’s still possible to look up from time to time at the night’s sky and catch a star. NolaVie’s David Benedetto sat down with experienced stargazer and president of the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society, Barry Simon.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by David Benedetto.  

Clarence Williams

WWNO’s series Kids, Trauma and New Orleans Schools looks at how trauma shows up in the classroom. Our reporting has focused on one New Orleans pre-K through 8th grade school, Crocker College Prep, as it makes changes to account for high levels of trauma in the city’s children. New Orleans kids screen positive for PTSD at rates three times higher than the national average. Our final story in the series takes a closer look at what it takes to run a trauma-informed school.

Clarence Williams

In our series “Kids, Trauma and New Orleans Schools,” we’ve been reporting about New Orleans kids, how they deal with levels of trauma many times higher the national average, and how schools respond to that.

Clarence Williams

In New Orleans, children screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder at three times the national average. There are many sources: experiences around Hurricane Katrina, exposure to violent crime, the buildup of family stress due to high poverty.

WWNO’s Mallory Falk and Eve Troeh have teamed up to report on the ways New Orleans schools have dealt with that trauma.

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