Neerav Kingsland

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Senior fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund

New Orleans, Louisiana

Neerav Kingsland is the senior fellow at the John and Laura Arnold Foundation and CEO of the Hastings Fund. He has been an advocate for education in the New Orleans area since he moved there at age 18 to attend Tulane University. He was part of the founding team, and eventually became CEO, of New Schools for New Orleans. In this role, he helped build the nation’s first school system where over 90 percent of students attend charter schools. As a result of this structural transition, New Orleans students are achieving at the highest levels in decades. A recent study found these reforms to have achieved a .2-.4 effect size, an effect previously unseen in city-based reform. Yet, despite this growth, the school system is far from excellent.

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Why Are Chicago’s Kids Getting Smarter? Here’s My Guess.

If you just read the headlines, you might suspect that Chicago Public Schools is in a terrible tailspin. Part of this…

By Neerav Kingsland

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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