education

Storyville
3:03 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Storyville: Repaying Karmic Debt

Credit Max Wolfe / Flickr

When I tell people I’m a high school teacher in New Orleans, they look at me like I’m a few inches taller than I was before. They look at me like I’m a saint, but if they heard how hard I laughed at things I shouldn’t, they wouldn’t assume I was so pious. This past week one of students in AP Language and Composition said Drake was the type of rapper who wears a pad when his girlfriend gets her period so he can feel her pain. Inappropriate? Definitely, but it’s lighthearted compared to the vitriol I used to spit at my teachers.

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The Hechinger Report
1:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

In New Orleans And Nationally, A Growing Number Of Charter Schools Aspire To Be 'Diverse By Design'

Students at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, one of the small, but growing number of charter schools that are trying to be racially and economically diverse.
Credit John McCusker / The Advocate

When a group of Mid-City residents proposed opening a school four years ago that would be racially and economically diverse, they were greeted with doubt. Skeptics thought Morris Jeff would end up like most other public schools in the city: almost entirely African American and low-income.

“The understanding (was) that you guys are delusional. Once the school is open (it) will look the same way that all public schools who are open access look,” said Celeste Lofton-Bagert, one of the founders.

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Education
10:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Akili Academy Finds A New Home In An Historic, Renovated Building

For its first 5 years, Akili was housed in modular trailers in Gentilly.
Akili Academy

Eve Abrams has been chronicling Akili Academy, an open enrollment charter school now in its sixth year. This week, she reports on Akili Academy’s new-to-them building, and the issue of school real estate city-wide. 

Akili Academy has always been a school of trailers, sitting in Gentilly. Until this year. The K-8th grade charter school has opened its doors in a permanent building.

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Education
12:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

UNO Children's Center Closing

The UNO Children's Center has operated since 1992
Save the UNO Children's Center

This month the University of New Orleans sent out a notice, saying its child daycare facility would close December 20. The reason given? It loses money, at a time when the university is facing severe budget cuts. That leaves 81 children in need of new child care options.

At dusk, parents descend on the UNO lakefront campus to collect their little ones from daycare. But a few weeks ago, they lingered — to browse brochures for different child care. Word was out, the UNO Children’s Center was closing.

“It breaks our hearts, you know?”

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Education
9:49 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Board Of Education Hears Concerns About Common Core Standards

Groups of parents, Tea Party supporters and teacher union leaders are asking the state's top school board to change course on the use of tougher educational standards called the Common Core.

The debate before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was expected to stretch for hours Tuesday night, as more than 70 people requested to speak.

BESE approved the standards three years ago without controversy. But in recent months, the Common Core has become a target for criticism.

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Music
1:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:33 pm

In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.

The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.

"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.

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Homer Plessy: Pre-K Program
9:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

A Year At Homer Plessy: Paying For Pre-K

Trinese Jack and daughter Aakhiraah Jack.
Eve Abrams

Reporter Eve Abrams takes a look at the benefits and obstacles that are being faced by Homer Plessy Community School, a new charter school on St. Claude Ave.

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Education
6:43 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Common Core Standards Under Fire As Teachers Implement Changes

Political tempers have flared in Louisiana surrounding the Common Core standards. Adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, the guidelines change the way some subjects are taught, and aim to better measure how students are performing on a national level.

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Voices From The Classroom
7:40 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Voices From The Classroom: The View From 37 Years

Hynes teacher Wendy DeMers.

Voices from the Classroom, a series presented by NolaVie and WWNO, explores local education through conversations with those on the front lines: the teachers.

While superintendents, experts, parents, politicians and pundits have weighed in extensively on what's right and wrong with the educational system in Louisiana, it's the people behind the desks who must deal, day in and day out, with students, evaluations, testing, behavior, curriculum and, ultimately, what works and what does not.

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WRKF
3:32 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

With New Charter Schools Coming, Civic Group Outlines Demands

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:45 am

The state Recovery School District currently runs seven schools in north Baton Rouge. The RSD is planning to put new charter schools on those campuses next year.

Last week, as reported in The Advocate, the RSD hosted presentations by charter providers vying for a slot.

Ahead of those presentations, the civic group Better Baton Rouge handed the RSD a community compact, outlining what some residents want from schools in their neighborhood.

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