Reborn : New Orleans schools

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  • Despite its horrific destruction, Hurricane Katrina gave New Orleans educators the opportunity to reinvent a school system that wasn't working. This program chronicles the first official year of public school in New Orleans after the storm and the transition to the widespread use of charter schools in the city. Focusing on predominantly African-American schools, the film examines the situation from the perspective of several different teachers and principals-while also illustrating the hopes and frustrations of students and their families as new schools are constructed and new teaching methods are put into action. Interviews feature KIPP Schools cofounder Mike Feinberg and many other education experts.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 17, 2009.
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  • New Orleans: Dreams About Education (3:15) -- New Orleans: Weak Education System (2:24) -- New Orleans: System of Schools (1:41) -- KIPP Believe College Prep - grades 5-8 (3:43) -- New Orleans: Knowledge is Power (1:36) -- New Orleans: Charter School Principal (2:02) -- New Orleans: Charter School Message (2:08) -- New Orleans: Student Discipline System (3:44) -- New Orleans: School System History (2:25) -- New Orleans: School Staff (1:34) -- New Orleans: Stay on Track (2:50) -- New Orleans: Benefits of Charter Schools: McDonogh 15 School for Creative Arts (3:15) -- New Orleans: Transforming the School System (3:35) -- French Quarter After Hurricane Katrina (1:59) -- Teacher Perspective on Charter Schools (4:11) -- New Orleans Community Parade (1:01) -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology (2:56) -- New Orleans Neighborhood School (2:10) -- New Orleans School Temporary Location (1:57) -- New Orleans School Struggle for Facilities (1:29) -- Texas Schools vs. New Orleans Schools (2:57) -- Rebuilding Communities in New Orleans (3:15) -- Rebuilding Lives in New Orleans (2:33) -- Funding New Orleans Charter Schools (2:17) -- New Orleans Charter Science & Mathematics High School (2:28) -- School After Hurricane Katrina (3:15) -- Charter School Structure (1:36) -- Charter School Expectations (2:52) -- Waiting for Help in New Orleans (3:23) -- Rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward (2:48) -- Future of New Orleans (1:25) -- Reopening New Orleans Schools (1:44) -- Combining Strengths for Better Education (2:42)
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