New Orleans

New Orleans is small in size but big in character. Influenced by the French, Spanish, and Creole cultures, New Orleans boasts creativity in food, music, and technology. Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, New Orleans has become a hub of innovation and community engagement, particularly in the way its schools serve students.

Education Pioneers’ work in this region is primarily concentrated within the city limits of New Orleans. There, in the wake of the hurricane, the statewide Recovery School District took control of most of the district’s many struggling schools. In turn, the state tapped a range of national and local organizations to operate charter schools.

More than 90% of students attend charter schools, as New Orleans reimagines itself as a diverse “portfolio” of schools. With an influx of talent and innovative approaches for meeting student needsstudent achievement has increased substantially throughout the city. 

Indeed, New Orleans is hailed as one of the most reform-friendly cities in the country – one that is paving the way for other cities, small and large, across the country.

Education Pioneers has been working in New Orleans since 2012 to supply local organizations with the talented people they need to achieve their goals.

  • 14 partner organizations, including charter school management organizations Algiers Charter School Association and Crescent City Schools, teacher leadership program Leading Educators, education technology developer Kickboard, and venture incubator 4.0 Schools.
  • EP Fellows in the New Orleans area work on strategic projects that make a difference, including: growth plans for expanding charter management organizations ARISE Schools and KIPP New Orleans, financial analysis of teacher retirement plans for Algiers Charter School Association, family engagement strategies for Bricolage Academy, and hands-on operations work for ReNEW Schools and Crescent City Schools.
  • Several of EP’s New Orleans-based alumni have remained to contribute to this city/region on an ongoing basis, including: 2012 Fellow Alvin David, Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Recovery School District; 2012 Fellow Paris Woods, Director of Alumni Support at New Orleans College Prep; and 2013 Fellow Harry Schnur, Chief Operating Officer with Enriched Schools.

Local Contact

Michael Richard (Director),


Algiers Charter School Association
ARISE Academy
Bricolage Academy
Collegiate Academies
Cowen Institute
Crescent City Schools
Educate Now!
Einstein Charter School
International High School
Louisiana State Department of Education


The Booth-Bricker Fund
Baptist Community Ministries
Pro Bono Publico Foundation
Susan Barnett and Jeffrey Christensen
Reily Foundation/Bob & Margaret Reily Fund
New Schools for New Orleans
Leslie Rosenthal Jacobs and Stephen Rosenthal