New Orleans: Rebuilding a School System
Public schools in New Orleans
2001 – Present
New Orleans, Louisiana
Area of Work
New Orleans schools have followed a dramatic arc: from failure and flood, to rebirth and reinvention. At every step, TNTP has helped power the transformation with top teacher talent.
In 2001, TNTP became the first non-university to certify new teachers in Louisiana, providing practical training for challenging classrooms and holding a high bar for certification. After Hurricane Katrina, TNTP launched teachNOLA, attracting nearly 600 new and veteran teachers to the devastated city.
By 2009, TNTP was not only training new teachers but also staffing entire schools, helping principals in the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) fill hundreds of teacher vacancies each fall. By 2010, 96 percent of New Orleans public schools employed a teachNOLA teacher and every RSD school started the year fully staffed—an influx of talent that has propelled the rebirth of the city’s schools and the extraordinary gains of its students.
Now that New Orleans has strong teaching teams in place, we’re helping teachers take their skills to the next level. We’re helping several charter networks develop coaches with the skills to support great teaching. And we’re piloting intensive summer trainings that allow teachers and leaders to dive deep into Common Core instruction together.