The New Orleans Teacher Job Board is the fastest way for educators to apply for jobs in public schools in New Orleans.
Teaching in New Orleans is unlike teaching anywhere else–and not just because we have the best students in the world (and also some pretty great food, music, and culture). It’s also a decentralized district of public charter schools, which means that hiring is controlled by each individual school or their charter network instead of the district at large, NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS). Today, we have 84 schools educating 49,000 students.
We created the New Orleans Teacher Job Board so educators looking for a job didn’t have to check for open roles on as many websites as there are schools and networks. We want to make life easier for educators, and this is one way we can help.
1. What is The New Orleans Teacher Job Board and why does it exist?
The New Orleans Teacher Job Board is the official job platform of public schools in New Orleans. Education in New Orleans is unlike anywhere else in the country. It is the first public school district to be made up entirely of charter schools, where educators have the freedom to explore a variety of schools and find the best match.
New Orleans’ decentralized school system can be tricky to navigate for job-seekers, so we aim to streamline the process by:
2. Does submitting my resume to the Experienced Teacher Resume Drop guarantee I will be hired by a New Orleans public school?
No, it is not a guarantee. The New Orleans Teacher Job Board supports candidates in finding teaching, non-instructional, and leadership positions in the city. Ultimately, hiring decisions are up to individual schools and school networks.
3. I submitted my resume to the Teacher Resume Drop. What happens next?
The New Orleans Teacher Job Board team will share your resume with all 83 public schools and school networks in the city. From there, schools or networks will be in touch with you directly if they have an opportunity that they believe could be a good match for you.
If you do not want your resume shared with all schools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
In addition, we recommend that you apply directly for specific positions that you believe would be a strong fit for you via the The New Orleans Teacher Job Board job board.
1. What type of credentials do I need to teach in New Orleans public schools?
2. How do I find a teaching position in New Orleans public schools?
Visit the The New Orleans Teacher Job Board job board! There, you can find out about current openings, or use our resume drop, which shares your resume with all New Orleans public schools.
3. How do I figure out which school is right for me?
4. What is the salary schedule for New Orleans teachers?
The vast majority of public schools in New Orleans are charter schools, which have autonomy to manage their own compensation policies. As a result, there is not one uniform salary schedule for all public schools in the city. On average, a New Orleans public school teacher with three years of experience receives a salary of $47,000. All public schools in the city offer health insurance and some type of retirement package, such as the Teacher Retirement System of Louisiana or 403(b) plans. Teachers have an average of 56 days of summer vacation, plus holiday and Mardi Gras breaks throughout the school year.
5. I have other questions about teaching in New Orleans. Is there someone I can contact?
Yes – you can reach out at email@example.com. The New Orleans Teacher Job Board team will respond within two business days.
1. Are all public schools in New Orleans charter schools?
Yes, essentially all public schools in New Orleans are charter schools, and 99% of public school students attend charter schools. 80 of the 83 public schools in New Orleans for the 2020-21 school year are charter schools. 3 schools are small, specialized programs operated through contracts between NOLA Public Schools and nonprofit organizations.
2. Who oversees charter schools in New Orleans?
The vast majority of charter schools in New Orleans are authorized and overseen by NOLA Public Schools, which is the local public school district for New Orleans. Approximately 5% of schools in the city are overseen by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Cowen Institute at Tulane University publishes a chart each school year showing the name, operator, and governance type of all New Orleans public schools.
3. Is there a local school district in New Orleans?
Yes, NOLA Public Schools (NOLA-PS) is the local public school district in New Orleans. However, NOLA-PS does not directly operate any schools. The vast majority of schools under its purview are charter schools, while a few small, specialized programs are “contract schools” operated through contracts between NOLA-PS and nonprofit organizations.
4. How do New Orleans students enroll in public school?
The New Orleans system of public schools operates under city-wide school choice and unified enrollment.
City-wide public school choice: Unlike most traditional school districts, students are not assigned to a school based on their residential address and the district’s geographic attendance boundaries. New Orleans students and families can apply to any public school in the city, regardless of their neighborhood or the school’s location.
Unified enrollment: Admissions, transfers, and readmissions for the vast majority of New Orleans public schools are centrally managed by the EnrollNOLA unified enrollment system. This system ensures that public school enrollment is equitable and transparent for all students and families. It also makes the school application process more convenient for families, as EnrollNOLA’s OneApp enables families to apply to all participating schools using one application. A small number of New Orleans schools – less than 10% – do not participate in EnrollNOLA and instead manage their enrollment process independently.
5. Want to learn more about NOLA-PS and our schools?
You can use this document to get a “by the numbers” overview of our district. To learn about Act 91, the law that made our “unified school district,” click here. To dive into the details of our system more fully, head to our Frequently Asked Questions. We also address some common misconceptions about our district here. You can read stories about students, teachers, and families, and catch up on education news and policy on our blog.
1. Are charter schools public schools?
Yes, charter schools are public schools. They are tuition-free and receive public funding on a per pupil basis, according to their student enrollment levels.
2. How are charter schools different than traditional, district-operated schools?
While charter schools and traditional district schools are all public schools, there are differences between them. Charter schools are independently run, meaning they are not operated by a traditional school district; instead they operate under an independent contract or “charter” between an authorizing agency and a charter organization. In Louisiana, all charter organizations are governed by nonprofit community boards, and all authorizing agencies are governed by elected boards (local school boards and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education). In addition to governance, charter schools are different from traditional district schools in three primary ways:
3. Are all charter schools the same?
No, charter schools can vary in a number of different ways. The following list includes just some of the ways in which charter schools differ.
4. Who attends charter schools?
Any child can attend a charter school. Most, but not all, charter schools are “open-enrollment” – meaning they serve all students, without academic or other special admissions requirements. A small number of charter schools do have admissions requirements that are related to the school’s educational model, such as foreign language proficiency for a language immersion school or auditions for a performing arts school. Regardless of admissions criteria, all charter schools are required to follow state and federal laws related to serving students with disabilities, students who are English language learners, students who are homeless, and students in foster care. In New Orleans, virtually all public schools are charter schools, and thus 99% of public school students attend charter schools. More than 85% of New Orleans public schools are open-enrollment.
5. Who authorizes charter schools?
For all states in the U.S. where charter schools are permitted, charter school authorization occurs via “authorizing agencies,” also known as “authorizers.” The types of institutions designated as authorizing agencies, however, vary depending on states’ charter laws; authorizers may be school districts, state education agencies, mayors and municipalities, universities, or other entities. In Louisiana, the only authorizers are local school districts and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Thus, all Louisiana authorizing agencies are governed by elected boards.
6. How are charter schools held accountable?
Charter schools are held accountable by their authorizing agency, which in Louisiana is either the local school board or the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. In addition to authorizing the creation of new charter schools, authorizers oversee school performance in accordance with defined standards, and decide which schools should continue to serve students or not. These performance standards encompass student outcomes, financial management, and organizational stability. Unlike most traditional district schools, a charter school may be closed by its authorizer if it consistently fails to meet the performance standards by the end of its operating contract. In Louisiana, all public schools – including charter schools – administer state standardized tests, evaluate teachers, and receive School Performance Scores through the state accountability system. All public schools must comply with Louisiana state laws that govern public entities, such as the Code of Ethics, Open Meetings Law, Local Government Budget Act, Public Records Act, and Public Bid Law. Charter schools must also comply with any policies set by their authorizing agency.
7. How are charter schools funded?
As public schools, all charter schools are tuition-free. They receive public funding on a per pupil basis, according to their student enrollment levels. As public schools, charter schools are also eligible for various federal funding sources depending on their student population, such as Title I, IDEA, and school nutrition. In Louisiana, all public schools – including charter schools – receive the majority of their funding via the state Minimum Foundation Program (MFP), the method by which the state equitably distributes public funds to K-12 public school programs on a per pupil basis.
8. What is a charter management organization (CMO)?
Charter management organizations (CMOs), also referred to as charter school networks, are nonprofit organizations that operate more than one charter school. CMOs have a unified educational mission and typically provide shared instructional and operational services to all of their schools, such as professional development, benchmark assessments, student transportation, and human resources. CMOs can differ in a variety of ways, just like charter schools themselves. Some CMOs operate only high schools or only elementary/middle schools; some CMOs focus solely on transforming chronically low-performing schools or on starting brand new schools; and some CMOs operate multiple schools across a state or even across the U.S. In New Orleans, almost two thirds of public schools are operated by fifteen CMOs. The majority of these CMOs were founded locally and remain locally focused. New Orleans CMOs and their schools can be viewed in this helpful chart, which is updated annually by the Cowen Institute at Tulane University.
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