This morning, the Cowen Institute’s Policy Director, Vincent Rossmeier, joined WBOK’s “The Good Morning Show” with host Oliver Thomas to discuss our annual public education perception poll from 2020. The hour long conversation featured a conversation about the impact COVID has had on the economy and public education in New Orleans.

You can listen to the full interview here.

Today, the Cowen Institute released our annual poll on public education in New Orleans.

The Cowen Institute has conducted annual polls on perceptions of public education in New Orleans since 2007. These polls have served to provide insight on how parents and the general public feel about the highly decentralized K-12 public education system in New Orleans. Over time, we have monitored views on a wide range of topics, including school quality, governance, and the prevalence of charter schools in the city. Additionally, each poll has included questions specific and relevant to the particular year in which it was conducted.

As part of the Cowen Institute’s ongoing efforts to provide the New Orleans community with information and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this interactive map shows testing and food resources in Orleans parish.

This new map displays both COVID-19 testing and food resources in Orleans Parish. It was compiled by Margaret Kassel, a Tulane University student and intern at the Cowen Institute this past semester.

With the Category filter, you can modify your search depending on your needs. Using the “Days of Operation” filter, you can select resources by day of the week. …

Ahead of the election on November 3, we created an interactive map of all districts and candidates for the Orleans Parish School Board election. Click on your district to see a list of candidates and websites.

Click here to start exploring the map!

This morning, the Cowen Institute’s Policy Director, Vincent Rossmeier, joined WBOK’s “The Good Morning Show” with host Oliver Thomas to discuss our “Life After High School” report from last year. The hour long conversation featured a conversation about the economic and educational outlook for public high school graduates in New Orleans.

You can listen to the full discussion here.

Following the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a number of universities, school districts, public bodies, and private organizations began gauging the pandemic’s possible impact on potential and current college students. The Cowen Institute reviewed 45 surveys of college students about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. The reviewed surveys were released between March 19th and June 17th of 2020 and covered a range of topics including college enrollment, online learning, financial circumstances, mental and physical health, and school support.

This is the first in a series of posts summarizing the findings from these surveys. This post…

Kate Mehok, Founder and CEO of Crescent City Schools

This is the 14th in a series of interviews and Q&As conducted by the Cowen Institute with New Orleans educators to highlight how schools and programs are managing with the current COVID-19 outbreak.

In this edited Q&A, we continue our updates on how schools in New Orleans are responding to the COVID crisis. This is an interview with Kate Mehok of the School Leaders Forum and Crescent City Schools, a Charter Management Organization that operates three schools in the city.

Can you explain your role at Crescent City Schools, as well as your work with other CMO and school leaders?

I am the co-founder and CEO of Crescent City Schools. We serve 2500 students across three PreK-8th grade charter schools. I am also the president of the School Leaders Forum.

We wanted to…

Last week, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) released “Strong Start 2020”, a resource document with guidelines for K-12 public and private schools across the state about how to re-open as safely as possible this fall. The guidelines were created in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health and are structured around the different phases of re-opening that the state can progress through in response to the COVID pandemic. The document includes a list of best practices and a re-opening checklist as resources for schools.

Importantly, the document offers recommended guidance to schools about how to re-open, but does not…

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered almost every facet of American society — including higher education. Most college, university, and community college campuses closed early this spring to try to help limit the spread of the virus and to keep their students, faculty, and staff safe. Many moved courses online to allow students to finish the semester.

Now, as the number of COVID cases nationwide has remained steady, and even climbed in some states, higher education institutions are in the process of disseminating their plans for the fall. …

In this edited Q&A, we continue our updates on how youth-focused programs in New Orleans are responding to the COVID crisis. This is an interview with Dr. James Dabney, Director of The Posse Foundation, New Orleans. The Posse Foundation partners with colleges and universities to provide young people with full-tuition leadership scholarships.

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