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Tulane student Jordan Alexander working with two students who attend Lafayette Academy Charter School, New Orleans.

Story by Mary Sparacello

In the eight years since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans public schools have undergone the most radical overhaul of any school district in the country over the past century, according to Tulane economics professor Douglas Harris.

The stakes are high, and not just for New Orleans residents.

"What is being done in New Orleans is truly historic and could influence not only current and future generations of children in New Orleans, but the future of the nation's urban school systems," Harris says. "I have followed these national debates for a decade, and this is no exaggeration."
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ABC World News to feature
Trombone Shorty Academy

Be sure to watch ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on November 17 to see a fantastic interview with Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews about his Tulane music academy. The Trombone Shorty Academy has recently expanded to include music business classes to complement its already strong foundation of mentoring high school students in music performance and heritage. Also, check out the recent NPR All Things Considered interview with Trombone Shorty where he discusses his new album and the academy.
Introduction to Opera gets a
Theatrical Makeover

Amy Pfrimmer, the Lillian Gerson Watsky Professor in Voice for the Department of Music, invited special guests Don and Linda Guillot to her Introduction to Opera class.  Don and Linda Guillot are both makeup artists with the New Orleans Opera. They gave a theatrical hair and makeup demonstration using two students from the class and shared their stories from behind the scenes.
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Message from the Dean
Dear Alumni, Students, Staff, Parents and Friends of SLA,
As we noted in last month's newsletter, each month we are going to highlight one of the four multi- and interdisciplinary themes of our newly adopted strategic plan. For this month's newsletter, we will introduce you to some of the work being done in the area of crisis and innovation. While this School of Liberal Arts strategic theme includes a number of critical issues revolving around the environment, crime, poverty, and discrimination, today we are going to focus particularly on public education.
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News from the Field: Linda McKee
Teacher Preparation
Since receiving state approval in August 2005, the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) at Tulane University has focused on its main goal: to produce beginning teachers, and support experienced teachers, who are enthusiastic consumers and creators of knowledge and are able to instill in students a love of learning through their own examples as PreK-12 teachers. A strong commitment to learning is a necessary foundation for self-evaluation and continuous professional learning, two hallmarks of education leaders.
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The Secret of Happiness

During the Fall 2013 Yates Lecture, hosted by the Murphy Institute, Arthur C. Brooks shares "The Secret of Happiness".

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In Memoriam

Sanford Etheridge, Ph.D. (1927-2013)
Professor of Classical Languages at Tulane
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