Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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Co-CEO, New Schools for New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Maggie Runyan-Shefa is an independent consultant and executive coach. Formerly the co-CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, Maggie oversaw NSNO’s school investment, school support, human capital investments, internal operations and organizational culture. In her time at NSNO Maggie 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 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 Mar. 23, 2020

I Think This Remote Learning Thing Can Actually Work. Here Are 3 Tips.

I’ve seen a number of articles in recent days about whether schools and parents should prioritize remote learning while schools…

By Maggie Runyan-Shefa

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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 Sep. 24, 2020

Breonna Taylor Didn’t Get Justice, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Our Kids From a Country Set Out to Kill Them

Before we even get started, I just wanna say that the Grand Jury ruling Breonna Taylor’s killing justified is bullshit.  Now that I’ve gotten that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Sep. 24, 2020

After a Decade of Opposing Voucher Programs, I’m Wondering If I Was Wrong

I smiled at the two little girls seated across the table in the school board conference room but only six-year-old Kayla, wriggling in her pink…

By Laura Waters

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