This has been a year of much inspiration and struggle in our country. From student-led protests calling for an end to school closure to youth-led black lives matter actions rising up across the country, low-income urban youth are growing up keenly aware of their status as second-class citizens. As educators of young people in New Orleans, we are challenging ourselves and our fellow transplant educators to step up to addressing these injustices.
New Teachers Roundtable is a support space where we hold each other to the difficult and essential work of becoming true allies of our students on their path to liberation. By connecting with crucial resources, experiences, and mentorship, we deepen our understandings of systemic oppression, challenge our assumptions and practice inviting our students’ cultures and communities into the classroom. This work takes time, dedication and money. The support of friends like you is what has allowed us to thrive for this long; we hope you can help us keep going!
With the help of funding we received last year we:
● Developed New Teachers’ Roundtable into a powerful membership organization, built on trust, honesty and a commitment to aligning our principles and actions–a base from which to mobilize other transplant educators to join in efforts for justice led by New Orleanians of color.
● Put-on a powerful evening with renowned education scholar, Lisa Delpit, which engaged 40 educators, mostly transplants, in critical conversation about race, class and culture in our schools and classrooms.
● Continued to offer monthly roundtable events as an ongoing space where transplant teachers can go to find community, be challenged in their pedagogy and re-inspired in their teaching practice. And offered two 6-week intensives, called Inquiry to Action Groups, this fall as well.
● Hosted listening sessions in support of the national Journey for Justice Alliance where new teachers testified about working in a system that systematically under-serves and pushes out black, brown and special education students.
● Co-organized a powerful two-day writing conference, with community partners United Teachers of New Orleans, Students at the Center and Andover Bread Loaf, for students and teachers using writing to simultaneously give students agency as “producers of education reform,” develop literacy skills, and build community around trust and appreciation for each individual’s voice.
● Used 50% of our funds to pay New Orleanian educators, activists and cultural workers of color to provide integral trainings and services at our events.
There are many organizations doing much needed work for justice in New Orleans and few sources of funding. As a group of people with connections to resourced individuals outside of this region, we are committed to raising the majority of our budget through the grassroots approach of gathering together many smaller donations from friends and allies. One of the ways this happens most sustainably is when donors choose to give on a monthly basis. Our goal this year is to bring in an additional $550 per month or $6,600 a year from monthly sustainers. We hope you can help!
Your support will allow us to continue building the community of culturally aware, community integrated and courageous new New Orleanian educators.
Click the link to make a recurring, monthly donation or one-time, year-end donation. Or write a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) with NTRT in the memo line. Please mail your check to Hannah Rich, 3019 Saint Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Because our fiscal sponsor is a registered 501(c)(3), your donations will be tax-deductible.
With Deep Gratitude,
New Teachers’ Roundtable Collective