Nahliah Webber

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, Orleans Public Education Network

New Orleans, Louisiana

Nahliah Webber, the Executive Director of the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), is dedicated to disrupting education practices that negatively impact Black students and their intersections in the US and beyond. She holds double bachelor’s degrees, Magna Cum Laude, from Sweet Briar College and a master’s from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she focused on racialized school policies and practices.

With close to 17 years of practical experience spanning the education, policy and youth development continuum, Nahliah is a skilled thought partner for education, youth and community-based nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. Her expertise working in private and non-profit organizations ranges from program design, curriculum design and management, talent management and team leadership, community partnerships and turnaround efforts for failing programs. She is experienced in leveraging community partnerships to increase program resources, with an affinity for increasing arts education and necessary wrap-around supports for Black and brown youth.

Currently, Nahliah is reimagining the focus of OPEN through strengthening partnerships and platforming existing projects to better the organization’s platform and visibility. This rebrand unapologetically places Black children and their needs at the forefront of education policy and community conversations. OPEN is taking the lead in promoting liberated education reform in New Orleans by centering Black students, parents and educators as leaders in the fight for education justice.

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Posted June 29, 2020

If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids

The latest episodes of police murdering Black people have my chest burning like a building set ablaze. My heart is…

By Nahliah Webber

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Posted Dec. 4, 2020

Higher Education Is the New Poverty Pimp

I’ve been wanting to get this off my chest for a while and here it is—higher education is the new poverty pimp in Black communities…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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