ABOUT

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On July 1, 2013, Dr. Andre Perry became the Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University. He is responsible for planning and launching Davenport’s new College of Urban Education. Prior to, he served as the CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network, which was comprised of four charter schools in New Orleans.

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CLOSE TIES: TYING ON A NEW TRADITION

Close Ties wins Best Film and Best Documentary at Texas Black Film Festival. Congratulations to Director Gemal Woods!

Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition provides an intimate look at a rites of passage ceremony that connects teenage boys with male role models. The ceremony at this New Orleans barbershop was created by Dr. Andre Perry and Wilbert “Chill” Wilson as a way to strengthen communities struggling with crime, poverty and alarming high school drop out rates.

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THE GARDEN PATH: THE MISEDUCATION OF A CITY

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Perry uses creative non-fiction to tell the story of an idealistic professor, Dr. Isaac Boyd, who quickly ascends to the forefront of the post-Katrina charter school movement–a movement deemed unsympathetic as it takes control of persistently failing schools from the hands of local community leaders. Tensions rise as out-of-town reformers and local community members compete for resources and authority. While adult battles reach a fever pitch, high school students Loren and Katura set their own paths to improve schooling for New Orleans.

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Orleans Place Matters

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The mission of the Orleans Parish PLACE MATTERS Team is to advocate for polices that promote safe, healthy learning environments for youth and families. This year Orleans PLACE MATTERS and the Joint Center released the report PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All. This report outlines policy recommendations that serve as directives for our mission. You can access the report at http://www.orleansplacematters.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CHER-Final-text.pdf

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