Katrina's Sandcastles: New Hope From The Ruins of New Orleans Schools

Katrina's Sandcastles: New Hope From The Ruins of New Orleans Schools

by Kaycee Eckhardt

Kaycee Eckhardt created the reading program for innovative New Orleans charter school Sci Academy where students’ reading levels improved by an average of over 3.5 years. Eckhardt was the Louisiana Charter Teacher of the Year in 2009. She has gone on to do national education, Common Core advocacy, and teaches literacy development. She was interviewed by Brian Williams on NBC’s Teacher Town Hall and the subject of the viral documentaries School Works: The Committed Teacher and America Achieves: Symbolism in the Lottery. She continues to work in education policy and lectures to motivate and inspire first year teachers. This is her story.



Mike Rose, author of Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America mon 9/29 7:10am

Eckhardt takes us behind contentious school reform debates to the life of a young teacher in a New Orleans charter school. With uncompromising candor, she vividly describes the hard-won successes and gut-wrenching failures of a teacher's work. You won't forget the young people in her classroom and what she learned from them.

Sarah Carr, education journalist and author of Hope Against Hope mon 9/29 7:09am

"A riveting and nuanced look at one of the most important education stories of our time. As an educator who worked in New Orleans schools for several years after Hurricane Katrina, Kaycee Eckhardt adds a desperately needed front-line perspective to our understanding of this complex and important story. Passionate and dedicated, Eckhardt writes from the heart."

Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth & Waiting for Superman sat 9/20 5:29am

"It's a book that reminds us that it's kids that are important, it's a story of why teachers do what they do...It's a gem... an important book, and I'm so glad it has been written."

Lisa Wilde, Yo Miss fri 8/29 1:31pm

Beautiful, brave, and honest. Kaycee shows us the complexity of good teaching—the commitment, the skills, the heart, the humility. A testament to the possibility, difficulty, and challenge of improving education that should be read by anyone considering teaching in urban school systems.