Education

Education

Tackling the achievement gap in New Orleans

Challenge

Early Childhood

  • 1 in 3 New Orleans children is vulnerable in at least one domain of school readiness [1].
  • In 2015, 37% percent of all Orleans Parish children under 18 lived in poverty, putting them at higher risk for grade repetition, learning disability, and emotional problems in school [2].

K-12

  • In 2015, 19% of New Orleans students were classified as truant (absent from 10% or more of school days). Chronic absence is a strong predictor of academic failure, school dropout, and criminal activity [3].
  • Though the achievement gap in Orleans Parish has improved compared to Louisiana statewide, 2014 state tests show there remains a 24% difference between Black and white students scoring at basic or above.[4]

Opportunity Youth

  • 14.5% of 16-24 year olds in New Orleans are qualified as “opportunity youth,” young adults between the ages of 16-24 neither employed nor enrolled in school [5].
  • 87% of New Orleans’ opportunity youth identify as black or African-American [6].


Strategy

Propeller works to narrow New Orleans’ achievement gap by addressing the factors that emerge to impact success throughout a young person’s educational career. Starting in early childcare, Propeller small businesses and nonprofits are supporting parents and caretakers and helping education providers streamline their administration and maximize funding. From K-12, entrepreneurs are working at the systems level to ensure student success, from improving student health with medical checkups in school and increasing the quality of healthy school lunches to partnering with RTA to ensure students have easy affordable transportation between school, home, and after-school enrichment programs. Propeller ventures also work with young adults who have left or completed high school to create pathways to postsecondary education and fulfilling careers.


Impact

  • College Beyond (Startup, Growth ’17) helped nearly 200 students to enroll and succeed in college last year, providing support for admissions & financial aid applications, college enrollment, and first year success.
  • Overcoming Racism (Startup ’17) trained 50 students, 220 teachers, and 40 school leaders last year through the process of developing anti-racist educators, collectively impacting 2,500 students in New Orleans.
  • Whetstone Education (Growth ’16) brings its K-12 classroom observation and coaching platform to over 300 schools across the country, helping them streamline classroom observations and provide data-driven professional development for their educators.
  • Electric Girls (Startup ’17) trained 280 New Orleans-area girls to be confident leaders and role models in technology in 2016–100 of which are paid by schools and 61 of which offered through scholarship.
  • Royal Castle CDC (Growth ’16) provides childcare for almost 2,000 children and became nationally certified through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the only 5 star rated (out of 5 stars) childcare provider in New Orleans.


Supporting Education Entrepreneurs

If you have or are looking to start a small business or nonprofit tackling the achievement gap and increasing equitable education outcomes, we’re here to help. Propeller’s Accelerator programs is designed to support entrepreneurs throughout the business lifecycle—from idea, to beta, to growth. Hands-on mentorship, access to high-level networks, pro bono technical support, and free office space, are just some of the benefits. Learn more about our accelerators, including eligibility and selection criteria, or visit our online application.

Propeller Ventures working in this Sector

Responders for America

Responders for America

Brent Godfrey

Sector: Education
FollowMyCal

FollowMyCal

Richard Carthon, Jonathan Redmann

Sector: Education
Goshin-Kai Academy

Goshin-Kai Academy

Andre Maximum

Sector: Education
Erosync

Erosync

Alfred Matthews III, Jared Bluford

Sector: Education
The Juror Project

The Juror Project

William Snowden

Sector: Education
STEM Library Lab

STEM Library Lab

Todd Wackerman, Sarah Sievert

Sector: Education
Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Wilcox Academy of Early Learning

Rochelle Wilcox

Sector: Education
STEM NOLA

STEM NOLA

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Sector: Education
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Education
Dancing Grounds

Dancing Grounds

Laura Stein & Jeremy Guyton

Sector: Education
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Education
Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism

Matthew Kincaid

Sector: Education
Whole Village Art Therapy

Whole Village Art Therapy

Holly Wherry

Sector: Education
TrainingGrounds

TrainingGrounds

Christine Neely & Melanie Richardson

Sector: Education
IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

IT’S LIT: Words on Ice

Douglas Keller & Aubrey Edwards

Sector: Education
College Beyond

College Beyond

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Sector: Education
Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kids of Excellence Child Development Center

Kristi Givens & Precious Acker

Sector: Education
The Southern History Project

The Southern History Project

Sheila Sundar

Sector: Education
Electric Girls

Electric Girls

Flor Serna & Maya Ramos

Sector: Education
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Education
XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

XS Martial Arts Dojo & Save One Now Acquisition

Jason B. Horne & Monica F. Horne

Sector: Education
Whetstone Education

Whetstone Education

Libby Fischer

Sector: Education
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Maggie Riddell & Gabrielle Alicino

Sector: Education
Royal Castle Child Development Center

Royal Castle Child Development Center

Pearlie Harris & Tim Harris

Sector: Education
Operation Spark

Operation Spark

John Fraboni & Max Gaudin

Sector: Education
Young Creative Agency

Young Creative Agency

Alberta Wright

Sector: Education
unCommon Construction

unCommon Construction

Aaron Frumin

Sector: Education
RisingFoundations

RisingFoundations

Kelly Orians & Calvin Duncan

Sector: Education
Be A Champion for Child Care

Be A Champion for Child Care

Maria Montoya & Teresa Falgoust

Sector: Education
Upturn Arts

Upturn Arts

Dana Reed

Sector: Education
New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard

New Orleans Kids Partnership: NOLA Go! Youth Smartcard

Alex Becker, Kim Tran, ToniAnn Chetta, Lindsey Prevost, Matthew Hendrickson, Yolanda Gondwe

Sector: Education
The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

The Beautiful Foundation, Incorporated

Lauren Perry

Sector: Education
Adinkra NOLA

Adinkra NOLA

Elizabeth Fletcher

Sector: Education
Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Coordinated Care for the Whole Child

Connie Bellone

Sectors: Education, Health
Early Education Centers in Unison

Early Education Centers in Unison

Kanitra Charles, Kristi Givens, Pearlie Harris, and Rochelle Wilcox

Sector: Education
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Brothers Empowered 2 Teach

Kristyna Jones and Larry Irvin

Sector: Education
Million Dollar Scholar

Million Dollar Scholar

Ras Asan and Derrius Quarles

Sector: Education
Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Live Oak Wilderness Camp

Jack Carey, Bene Webster, Caleb Dufresne, Iris Howorth, Jeremy Guyton, Lucy Scholz, Oskie Creech, and Team

Sector: Education
Center for Restorative Approaches

Center for Restorative Approaches

Troi Bechet

Sector: Education
The Cookbook Project

The Cookbook Project

Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield

Sectors: Food, Education
TrueSchool

TrueSchool

Amy Vreeland

Sector: Education
Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center

Emily Wolff

Sectors: Health, Education
New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

New Orleans Master Crafts Guild

Jonn Hankins

Sectors: Economic & Workforce Development, Education
Good Citizen

Good Citizen

Nolan Marshall, Jr. & Nolan Marshall III

Sector: Education
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans

William Stoudt

Sector: Education

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