Our modules are asynchronous so that students can access resources and participate any time of day. Discussion boards and assignments for each unit are open for three weeks at a time, but the resources will be available even after the module closes. We utilize FlipGrid as a way to engage "face to face" in this virtual format and will also record our own oral histories.

We will explore these essential questions...

  • What is the role of education and schools? Historically, how does it differ for black and white New Orleanians?
  • “History repeats itself, but in such a cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done.” How has white supremacy disguised itself in the battle for New Orleans schools? What is the resulting damage?
  • How has your experience been shaped by this history? Are you satisfied with our school system as it exists today? If so, why? If not, what can you do to change it? 

Our Units


Welcome to OurStoryNOLA: Our Journey Starts Here
We'll register, introduce ourselves, and agree to community norms. We are open to individual students or those participating with a school.


Unit 1

The Starting Place: The Roots of Our Racist System
We examine the formation of the school system in New Orleans in the 1840s through the end of Reconstruction in 1877.

Unit 2

Neighborhoods & Schools: Segregating Our City
We analyze the relationships between housing and schools, and the intersection of money, power, and racism.

Unit 3

Courage in the Face of Hatred: Integrating Our Schools
We follow the integration of New Orleans public schools in the 1960s following Brown v. Board of Education.

Unit 4 & Closing

Connecting the Dots: Our Schools Today
We ask how our current school system came to be, and evaluate who benefited, and who got left behind. We then invite students to take action.