BE NOLA is a black-led nonprofit supporting black educators and schools to ensure an education that creates better outcomes and opportunities for black children in New Orleans as a critical factor in building a thriving black community that is politically, economically and socially strong. The nonprofit provides the following programs:

  • The BE NOLA Collective is an annual, application-based professional learning community of black-governed, black-led schools that receives capacity-building support from BE NOLA based on the five essential conditions for effective schools. BE NOLA Collective schools receive coaching and wrap-around support from black institutions and service providers throughout the year towards the goal of strengthening academic and operational quality and fostering the conditions for more strategic coordination and resource sharing.
  • BE NOLA Black Education Summit champions black education and sustainable practices in our ever-evolving landscape by inviting master teachers, administrators, parents, scholars, activists and artists to gather together and dream a future for ourselves, children and community enriched by our unique contributions as black educators.
  • Healing-Centered Talks, convened in partnership with black-led organizations around New Orleans, are community conversations with black educators, students, families and community members. These talks provide an opportunity to gather and share stories about our education experiences, deepen knowledge about the education environment and surface what we collectively desire as we look ahead. The goal with these conversations is to disrupt oversimplified education narratives and build awareness of opportunities for black education stakeholders to shape schooling practices in New Orleans.

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