Jamar McKneely

Guest Blogger

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, InspireNOLA

New Orleans, Louisiana

Jamar McKneely is chief executive officer and co-founder of InspireNOLA. He spent seven years as a teacher and assistant principal at Edna Karr High School before becoming principal of Alice Harte Charter School. In 2013, together with the principal of a nearby high school, he created InspireNOLA charter schools, a new organization that manages two schools.

He earned both a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Prior to becoming an educator, he worked as a budget analyst for two non-profit organizations in Baton Rouge.

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Oct. 31, 2016

This New Orleans School Was Failing Students and Families. One Year Later It’s Off the Charts.

When I was growing up, my biggest obstacle to academic success was my self-esteem, which held me back from trying…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

Schools Can Help Fix Poverty, But Not by Themselves

During my career I have had the opportunity to work with many exceptional students, but one in particular stands out…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Mar. 11, 2015

Charter Critics Don’t See It: Local Educators are Driving Change in New Orleans Schools

I’m a Louisiana native who has committed his life to transforming and empowering the lives of our youth in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

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