The politically controversial curriculum standards known as the Common Core have been in the headlines for months, in Louisiana and across the country. But for most teachers and educators the standards have been quietly transforming classroom instruction for years. And for textbook publishers and other vendors, the new standards add up to new business.
When thousands of math teachers descended on New Orleans earlier this year, two words proved more seductive than chocolate. Or sex. Or even quadratic equations.
Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:21 pm
This year, NPR Ed is reporting on the dramatic changes in the New Orleans school system.
Whitman Wilcox V attended kindergarten through second grade at a neighborhood public school in the Lower 9th Ward. He had just started the third grade when Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. His family was forced to evacuate; he wound up at a Catholic school in Houston.
As part of the Education News Initiative between WYES-TV and WWNO 89.9 FM, this continuation of the AMERICAN GRADUATE national campaign examines Louisiana’s improvements in its high school graduation rate and helping students find their pathway to career through continued education or direct employment after completion of K-12.
There is more to a child’s learning than strictly academics. Experts are learning more about factors like good nutrition or physical fitness, and how they impact children’s success. School-based healthcare centers take the idea further. They provide primary medical care, right on campus.
So far, there are just five schools in New Orleans that offer those kinds of services. But one Mid-City high school is expanding its clinic, making it the first in the city open full-time to the whole school.
In the past week, several NPR journalists have visited New Orleans to report on education, with a focus on public charter schools. NPR Correspondent Claudio Sanchez went to the first day of school for one New Orleans charter, as a jumping off point for getting the lay of the land for schools here.
Encore Academy is a charter school, but it looks and feels more like the kind of public school many adults remember attending when they were kids. In today’s New Orleans, where the charter school landscape seems designed to combat lackluster academic achievement — and little else — it’s rare to see a school that values the arts as much as academics. So how does Encore Academy, a stand-alone charter school, manage to stand out?
The first thing you notice when you walk into Encore Academy’s cafeteria at lunch or breakfast is the sound of kids talking.
A new Delgado Community College campus opened today in New Orleans’s Desire neighborhood. The Sidney Collier campus will initially focus on courses in cosmetology, barbering, H-VAC, electrical work and nursing.
The new building is on the former site of a popular technical college that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. It gives access to courses geared towards industries that are thriving locally to people living in the Eastern part of the city.
Thomas Lovince is the executive dean of the new Delgado campus.