1First Things First: A New Orleans Literacy Institute
We intend to establish a literacy and learning institute that will provide year-round services to the Greater New Orleans community. We seek strong, results-focused partners. The institute will aim to organize, integrate, and embed high-yield, evidence-based practices in targeted services, including:
- Establishing multiple outreach centers that provide services in underserved areas that are specific to community needs, such as financial literacy and adult literacy programs;
- Providing and promoting high-yield literacy programs for juveniles in detention centers;
- Expanding and supporting rigorous literacy and parenting programs for teen parents;
- Developing parent capacity to support and increase literacy skills in their children;
- Developing and supporting literacy leaders in Greater New Orleans schools; and
- Influencing (a) increased intensity of teacher literacy preparation in area universities, and (b) higher literacy skill requirements for teacher licensure.
2The Even Bigger Picture: A Teaching and Learning Institute for New Orleans Teachers
From the moment a child steps into a classroom, the single most important factor in determining how well he will learn is the teacher. We aim to establish a teaching and learning institute that will serve as a clearinghouse, coordinator, provider, and researcher of evidence-based, high-yield professional learning. Providing a cohesive system of support, the New Orleans Teaching and Learning Institute will ensure that our children’s teachers and leaders have timely access to professional learning that is relevant to the needs of their students. The institute will serve teachers of all grades and subject areas. Thus, it will be a more comprehensive Institute within which the Literacy Institute may eventually reside (e.g., the National Institutes of Health concept). This is a long-term strategy to achieve and sustain high levels of student achievement in New Orleans.