Education summit to explore post-Katrina reforms

June 11, 2015

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

Are New Orleans school reforms working? Is the new system equitable? What are the best benchmarks for success?

These are some of the questions national and local education leaders, policymakers and scholars will discuss June 18-20 at one of the largest conferences to take an in-depth, balanced look at the impacts of a decade of post-Katrina public education reforms. “The Urban Education Future? Lessons From New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina,” will include 105 speakers and panelists for three days of discussions and research presentations at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans.

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans (ERA-New Orleans) at Tulane University will host the event in partnership with The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives.

“We think the conference will be an essential part of the conversation about the future of New Orleans schools and urban education nationally,” said ERA-New Orleans Director Douglas Harris. "People in our community have passionate opinions about the reforms, but the public debate is generally built mostly on anecdotes and assertions. We hope to bring educators, policymakers and experts together to build a conversation around facts and evidence.”

More than 250 registered attendees will participate in a schedule of events that covers topics including teachers and instructional quality, charter schools and charter management organizations, school choice, charter authorization and closure, school finances and test-based accountability. Topics will be discussed with a focus on equity and student outcomes.

The full conference costs $275 to attend. A limited number of registration waivers will be available to local public school administrators, teachers and students. Plenary sessions will be streamed online at and online participants will be able to ask panelists questions via Twitter using hashtag #NolaEd.

More information is available at .

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000