EdNavigator is a startup nonprofit that works with employers to offer education advice to their employees. Walton Family Foundation Board Chair Carrie Walton Penner spoke with Gary Briggs, the lead New Orleans navigator for EdNavigator; Kay Everage, who manages New Orleans employer relationships for EdNavigator and is a parent; Kanitra Reed, who is a housekeeper at the International House and a parent; and Sean Cummings, the owner of the International House. Learn more about the Innovations in Education series: http://innovations.education.
Carrie Walton Penner of the Walton Family Foundation speaks with Erika McConduit-Diggs and her family to discuss New Orleans’ open enrollment system, OneApp. Erika, as the head of the Urban League in New Orleans is a champion of OneApp because it helped to create access and educational equity. Her sister Crishelle Hoffman moved back to New Orleans for work, and found a new system that was challenging to her and her children. Learn more about the Innovations in Education series: http://innovations.education.
The Learning Center is a new special education program created by KIPP DC to serve students with a range of special needs — from autism to emotional disturbance. Carrie Walton Penner talks with school leaders Michael Cordell and Nicole Abera about how to equip schools to serve special education students well with services designed to meet their needs. Learn more about the Walton Family Foundation's Innovations in Education series: http://innovations.education.
When Darren Woodruff’s first child was born 15 years ago, most of his friends in Washington, D.C., didn’t consider public schools to be an option. Today, Woodruff is the board chair of the DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB) — the organization responsible for approving new charter schools, monitoring existing charter schools, and closing schools that are not meeting students’ needs. Setting high standards and holding schools accountable for results are “critically important” to the board and to the city’s students.
Hosted by Bricolage Academy, the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the maker community in New Orleans and the surrounding region. Maker Faire is known as the greatest show (and tell) on earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Walton Family Foundation Board Chair Carrie Walton Penner visits with Papa Dia and members of the African Leadership Group, a Denver-metro organization with a statewide agenda. Papa Dia’s story shows how communities can come together to push for what they need, including more high-quality educational opportunities for their children. Learn more about the Innovations in Education series: http://innovations.education.
Bobby White graduated from Frayser High School in Memphis in 1990. Last fall, he came back — not just as an alumnus, but as the school’s leader — and he’s on a mission to transform the school. The school is part of a special district in Tennessee called the Achievement School District, which is working to dramatically improve the bottom 5% of the state’s schools. http://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org
In 2015, the Walton Family Foundation supported 100 new charter school startups with more than $20 million in grants. We plan to give $1 billion over five years to improve K-12 outcomes for all students by broadening access to high-quality educational choices. Learn more: http://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/our-view/our-1-billion-plan-to-create-opportunities-for-us-students