Banneker Academic High School

What can DC teach New Orleans?

Our New Orleans Fellows flew to Washington, DC, days before the Presidential Inauguration to learn best practices from schools there that are closing the opportunity gap.

 They toured and talked with leaders at a variety of schools, both public and charter, elementary and secondary. Schools like Achievement Prep and DC Scholars Stanton Elementary are just starting down the turnaround process, showing impressive gains already, while schools such as Banneker Academic High School and Veirs Mill Elementary have established track records of improving student learning. 

Seeing successful schools with different approaches and backgrounds spurred conversations among Fellows about what new ideas could work in New Orleans at their own schools. But more than anything, the trip re-ignited Fellows' passion and sense of possibility: "Great trip! I definitely feel a much needed injection of energy around this trying, but essential work," said Emily Landreneau Caulking, cohort 2011.

The Kansas City Fellowship is visiting schools in Chicago this year. Check back here to see what great ideas they walk away with.