Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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Co-CEO, New Schools for New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Maggie Runyan-Shefa is the co-CEO of New Schools for New Orleans. Maggie oversees NSNO’s school investment, school support, human capital investments, internal operations and organizational culture. In her time at NSNO Maggie has helped to fund or launch 28 schools, doubled the size of NSNO’s human capital portfolio and was a chief architect of the Common Core programming offered to 33 schools across the city.

Before coming to NSNO, Maggie founded and led KIPP STAR College Prep Charter School in Harlem, New York City and she is a graduate of the KIPP School Leadership Program. Under her leadership, KIPP STAR was among the highest performing open-enrollment public schools in Harlem and its graduates have gained acceptance into some of our nation’s finest college preparatory high schools and colleges. She was recognized by the Robin Hood Foundation with its Hero’s Award in 2004.

Maggie is a former Teach For America corps member (Mississippi Delta ’97) and holds a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University and a M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016

This Historically Black College Is Working With Charter Schools to Prepare Teachers for Success in Louisiana

On Monday, New Schools for New Orleans joined with Xavier University of Louisiana, to announce the launch of the Norman…

By Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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Posted Aug. 18, 2015

10 Years in New Orleans: Public School Resurgence and the Path Ahead

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina tore through our region, taking nearly 2,000 lives and forever altering hundreds of thousands more.…

By Michael Stone, Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

Everyone Keeps Talking About Implicit Racial Bias But What Is It?

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By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Apr. 24, 2018

Why Are White People So Afraid of Immigrant Kids?

Not long ago I was in Wilmington, Delaware—reporting another story—and I visited Academia Antonia Alonso, a two-way dual immersion charter school where over half the…

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