Lessons Learned and the Future of Education: Finding Solutions from New Orleans to Detroit
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ traditional public education system was replaced by a new model, the first in the country to be made up entirely of public charter schools. Fifteen years later, education nationwide faced another major blow: the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panelists and participants will explore questions such as: What lessons from New Orleans can be applied to the challenges Detroit schools face as we seek to recover from learning loss and build an education model that works for all kids? What factors make the two cities’ school systems different — in terms of structure and results — and might impact recovery efforts?
Professor Douglas Harris, author of Charter School City: What the End of Traditional Public Schools in New Orleans Means for American Education, will share findings from his book and draw parallels to the current moment. Professor Harris will be joined by Danielle Jackson, chief executive officer of U Prep Schools, and Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, to discuss what these lessons mean for Detroit and the future of education in our city.
We hope to see you there!