We’re searching the city for students in a hurry to create change–and want to use technology to do so.
If we do not share our stories and shine a light on inequities, things will not change.Ellen Pao
People used to ask me what do you want to be when you get older and I would say what a stupid question – the real question is what am I right now.Jaden Smith
When you begin to worry about what the establishment thinks, it’s probably that you’ve become a part of it.Sean Parker
Learn how to become a creator of technology and not just a consumer.Kimberly Bryant
“In our country, we’ve created a narrative that says, ‘We want to send you to college. Oh, and by the way, you’ll probably be $40,000 or $50,000 in debt,’” Johnson says. With Rooted, he hopes to put students $40,000 or $50,000 ahead. “If we could prepare kids for these jobs, and to have upward mobility in these companies, it’s really disrupting the pipeline.”
Work toward a world where expectations are not set by stereotypes…but by our passion, talents, and interests.Sheryl Sandberg
Jonathan Johnson began teaching social studies to eighth-graders at one of the city’s charter schools in 2010. After a rough start, Johnson says he became known as the “warrior teacher” because his classroom was all about “fighting the war on low expectations for African-American youth.”
In 2014, Johnson was a finalist for the Fishman Prize, a prestigious and highly selective teaching award. Now Johnson is hoping to create a new education experience through a concept he called Rooted Schools. I reached out to him to learn why he decided to teach in New Orleans and why he is now trying to develop a new charter school.
“Jonathan Johnson will be launching Rooted School this fall through a program called the Future of Schools Challenge, which is a partnership of New Schools for New Orleans, 4.0 Schools, and Khan Academy to incubate radically new public school models for New Orleans. Rooted School aims to bridge the gap between what’s being taught in high schools and what skills are needed for the jobs being created in Greater New Orleans’ high-growth, high-wage industries. With 4.0’s help, Johnson has learned how to build a board, how to negotiate, and how to be a visionary leader, as well as several other valuable lessons that have been a key to his success. In addition, 4.0 Schools has helped cover his startup costs and travel costs that allowed him to visit schools who followed a similar model.”
Not to be passive in the face of overwhelming odds is the most important lesson you can possibly teach.Malcolm Gladwell