Dr. Andre Perry

Guest Blogger

Founding Dean, Davenport University

New Orleans, Louisiana

Andre Perry is an education leader, author and advisor to people working to improve education in K-12 and postsecondary institutions.

In 2013, Dr. Andre Perry became the Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Perry launched Davenport’s new College of Urban Education and created its Master of Urban Education Program. The innovative teacher-training program focuses on student learning, prepares content experts in clinical settings and measures progress based on data.

Before that, he was the Associate Director for Educational Initiatives for the Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education, and prior to that served as the CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network, which was comprised of four charter schools in New Orleans. During that stint, Perry served on Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team as the co-chair of the Education Taskforce.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park. His research and teaching interests are college access and retention, charter schools and immigrant educational rights. In 2011, UNO Press released his book, “The Garden Path: The Miseducation of the City.” Perry used non-fiction narrative to illustrate the real life tensions involved in post-Katrina education reform in New Orleans.

As a public intellectual, Perry advocates for quality public education. He is a columnist for the Washington Post-PostEverthing section and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on producing in-depth education journalism. Perry’s views, opinions and educational leadership have been featured on NBC, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America, The New Republic and CNN.

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Posted July 20, 2015

Say Bruh, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Cheer Black Teachers

If you believe black lives matter, then you will defend effective black teachers in whatever organization they work. Teach For…

By Dr. Andre Perry

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Posted July 10, 2015

The 10th Anniversary of Katrina Should Be About the Next 10 Years

For the last 10 years, New Orleans has played the blame game in education. Reformers have shamed the past to…

By Dr. Andre Perry

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Posted June 10, 2015

Black People Are Feared. Black Teachers Are Threats.

I for one will have your backs. Black members of Teach For America (TFA) know the real reasons conservatives and…

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