At the Cowen Institute, we improve public education by identifying the key factors that make school systems successful and putting that knowledge to action. We monitor New Orleans’ K-12 school system — the most decentralized in America — and share our findings in an unbiased, accessible way for members of our community and nationwide. We also use direct public engagement, advocacy, and strategic initiatives to frame discussions on the future of public education and to ensure the success of all stakeholders in the K-12 system.
New Orleans’ public school system is dynamic. The Cowen Institute was formed to chronicle and analyze its transformations, particularly in governance and accountability. As the system continues to evolve, we document changes in a way that’s relevant and approachable, not only for education leaders and policymakers but also for parents, students, and the public-at-large. We sift through policy and distill data into infographics and briefs meant to put community members in conversation with each other.
Public Engagement and Advocacy
Our work extends beyond actionable analysis. From creating informational videos on Louisiana’s career and technical education program, JumpStart, to informing and testifying before legislators and education officials, we bridge the gap between practice and policy. We also build coalitions with local leaders and organizations to create legislative solutions that are grounded in research.