Jawan Brown-Alexander

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Chief of Schools, New Schools for New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Jawan Brown-Alexander serves as the Chief of Schools for New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO). Prior to joining NSNO, Jawan’s experiences as a school leader included her work as director of curriculum and instruction at Lake Forest Charter School, interim director of K-8 instructional strategies for ACSA, director of curriculum and instruction for Recovery School District, and assistant head of school for accountability and school performance at Lafayette Charter School.

Jawan also helped found Collab Lab, an organization committed to providing guidance and support to school leaders. She credits her passion for teaching as well as her master teacher and middle school teaching experiences as the catalysts for her work as a leader, mentor and advisor. Dr. Alexander is a New Orleans native who graduated from Eleanor McMain Magnet School, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English education from Southern University, a master’s in educational leadership from Xavier University, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership from Xavier University as well.

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Posted Apr. 29, 2020

Here’s How We Can Keep This Crisis From Digging Even Wider Educational Divides

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