As New Orleans continues to reshape public education, WWNO seeks to highlight teachers who bring unique talents and perspectives to their work. We feature one such educator each month.
Pablo Garcia teaches standard first grade concepts: addition, subtraction, the water cycle. But he does everything in Spanish. Garcia is an immersion instructor at the International School of Louisiana.
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This week is the National Week of Action Against School Pushout. Students, teachers and education advocates around the country are holding events to raise awareness about policies they say push kids out of school and into the juvenile justice system. In New Orleans, local groups held a discussion about pushout.
The discussion had a specific focus: the parallel between what's happening in New Orleans schools and what happened this summer in Ferguson, Missouri.
A few years ago, a new phrase became all the rage in education reform: Data driven. Students take benchmark and standardized tests throughout the year, and the tests generate lots of data. But how do teachers turn those data points into lesson plans?
New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board launches initiative for green infrastructure projects.
The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is getting a little greener. On Thursday night the Board unveiled seven green infrastructure projects it’s partnering on that aim to improve community outreach and participation in the city’s water management.
It used to be that most kids went to places called schools to get their education, and in those schools, kids were called students. But in recent years, the vocabulary around schooling — especially in urban areas, and especially when it comes to charter schools — is changing. In New Orleans, where all schools receiving public funding are now charters, we investigate what’s behind this new school language.
I started off with a little experiment. I asked a bunch of adults: where did you go to school?
“I went to Newton Elementary School, Newton High School.”
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.
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.