Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Center for Public Service
Alcee Fortier Hall
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-862-8060
Fax: 504-862-8061


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The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives

Contact Info


Tulane University
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 700
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Directions To Agency:
Primary Phone: 504-274-3693

Primary Agency Contact

Name: Liz Santos
Phone: 504-274-3693

Agency Info

Agency type: Non Profit
Agency hours:9:00AM-5:00PM
Beginning date for service:08/23/2010

Agency Details

Agency carries liability insurance.
Agency carries worker's compensation insurance.
Agency has a need for additional volunteers.
Agency needs:
Short-term and long-term volunteers and interns are needed to serve in traditional and charter K-12 public schools and education non-profits. Become an academic tutor or mentor with AdvanceNola, which supports college readiness programs in local high schools and is piloting Advance Placement courses in our partner schools. Student researchers needed to support our research efforts and to provide a
Tulane University, one of the nation’s most prestigious research universities and the largest employer in New Orleans, is taking a leadership role in the process of transforming K-12 public education in the city. Now more than ever, we need public schools that can develop a generation of young leaders to rebuild the neighborhoods, culture and spirit of New Orleans.

Mission statements

The Cowen Institute, which opened its doors in March 2007, is an action-oriented think tank that informs and advances solutions – through policies, programs, and partnerships – to eliminate the challenges impeding the success of K-12 education in New Orleans and beyond. Our work is focused in the following areas: Applied Research, Public Policy, University-Based Initiatives, and College Readiness Programs.

Value statement

By leveraging Tulane’s human, intellectual, political, financial, and social capital, we are pioneering a new role for major research universities to interact with K-12 public education systems in their respective communities.

Division Mission Statements

  • Applied Research We seek to inform and influence the process of improving K?12 public education in New Orleans with high quality information and applied research, particularly in the areas of school performance, accountability, operations (finance, human capital, and facilities), and governance. We draft briefings and conduct forums that inform policymakers, educators, administrators, media, and the general community on issues impacting public education in New Orleans. Identifies, develops, and shares best practices and research on what makes public schools and school systems successful; measures the performance of public schools and enables school accountability by tracking school performance; and chronicles the transformation of public education in New Orleans through the production of the annual State of Public Education in New Orleans Report.
  • College Readiness The overall goal of our college readiness program, AdvanceNOLA, is simple: to provide students in public high schools in the city with the tools needed to succeed in college. This program offers professional development for principals, teachers, and counselors; textbooks and lab equipment for college?level courses; incentives for both students and teachers; and resources, including tutoring, assistance with college applications, and college visits to help students prepare for and be successful at the college of their choice.
  • Public Policy We frame the issues impeding the success of the public education in New Orleans and develop and advance research?based policy and legislative solutions. Develops a research-based educational policy agenda founded on the key elements of high-performing school districts; informs leaders in local, state and federal government to promote the interests of public schools; and advances education policy that is founded on best practice-based research and community input.
  • University-Based Initiatives Tulane University is committed to attracting the brightest minds at the University and in New Orleans to serve as change agents in the revolutionary movement to transform the city’s public schools. By involving faculty, students, alumni, and staff in a variety of partnerships, the Cowen Institute is engaging the Tulane community in public education more than it has in the University’s history. Through the Jones Scholars Internship Program (for graduate students), service learning education internship program, on-campus events, discussions, and lectures, and connecting the education community with Tulane resources and experts we are seeking to engage and inform the Tulane community about opportunities for involvement and issues and concerns in K-12 public education.

Populations Served by Agency

  • High-Impact Educational Nonprofits
  • High-Need Public Schools: Traditional and Charter
  • Youth

Topics Of Interest for this agency

  • Assist with college application process, ACT/SAT Preparation
  • Children/Youth
  • Civic Engagement
  • Education
  • Education Reform
  • Enhance academic achievement for under-resourced students
  • Enhance math skills for under-resourced students
  • High-impact, replicable programs that can improve student achievement and teacher performance
  • Matching volunteers' interests and skills with schools' and non-profits' needs
  • Networking with educational agencies and non-profits
  • One-to-one mentoring and tutoring of children K-12

Public Service Needs

  • Conduct best practices research
  • Conduct comparative research
  • Collect data
  • Conduct engaged research
  • Create a map identifying the location of information of interest
  • The intern will aid the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center in creating a membership database that will enable the Center to communicate with community groups and individuals, and to build a sustainable grassroots fundraising structure.
  • Mentor youth from 12-18 years old in small group setting
  • Organize an outreach event
  • Develop training material
  • Tutor youth from 12-18 years old in one-to-one setting

Resource Needs for this agency

  • Advance Placement academic tutors
  • Assistance with college application and financial aid process
  • Interns in schools and non-profits
  • Outreach
  • Publicity
  • Service-learning courses serving schools
  • Transportation for students
  • Volunteer training
  • Volunteers in schools

Services Provided by Agency

  • Applied Research
  • Capacity building for schools
  • College readiness and awareness and promotion of post-secondary opportunities
  • Programming
  • Public Policy

Center for Public Service, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-8060