Beabout

Brian R. Beabout

Associate Professor of Education, University of New Orleans
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • K-12 Education
  • School Reform
  • Cities & Regions

About Brian

Beabout studies leadership and change in urban public schools, with a particular focus on community engagement in contexts of school choice. He was a founding board member of the Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, LA and is an advisor to the National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools.

Briefs

The Promising Launch of Community-Oriented Charter Schools in New Orleans

  • Joseph L. Boselovic

Podcast

Publications

"Family Engagement in Charter Schools" (with Lindsey Jakiel), in Handbook on Family and Community Engagement, edited by Sam Redding, Marilyn Murphy, and Pam Sheley (Information Age Publishing, 2011), 147-151.
Examines the key issues involved in the practice of community engagement in the context of charter schools. In addition to identifying the potential benefits of parental choice for such partnerships, some challenges related to the process of creating charter schools are discussed. A set of guidelines for schools, districts, and state education authorities is included.
"Parental Voucher Enrollment Decisions: Choice within Choice in New Orleans" (with Belinda Cambre). Journal of School Choice 7 (2013): 560-588.
Investigates the school choice decisions of low-income parents participating in a publically-funded voucher program in the city of New Orleans. While academic performance of the selected public school was notably not an oft-cited factor in parents decisions, a range of other options ranging from geographic location, spirituality, safety, and parent communication were mentioned. Most significant was the powerful impact of the brand power of Catholic schools in the parents’ decisions.
"Community Leadership: Seeking Social Justice while Re-Creating Public Schools in Post-Katrina New Orleans" in International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In)justice, edited by Ira Bogotch and Carolyn Shields (Springer, 2013), 543-570.
Tells the story of the rebirth of the Morris Jeff Community School between its Katrina-forced closure 2005 and its reopening in 2010. Using a framework of community leadership, the story provides an example of how the founders of this charter school successfully worked to build trust across lines of race and class and create a public school committed to advocacy, diversity, and excellence.

In the News

Brian R. Beabout quoted on New Orleans education initiatives in Sarah D. Sparks, "Few Studies Track Post-Katrina School Changes" Education Week, August 24, 2010.
"New School Mirrors the Community," Brian R. Beabout, The Times-Picayune, September 10, 2010.
"Magnet School Concept is Flawed," Brian R. Beabout, The Times-Picayune, November 4, 2010.
"UNO Hosts Educational Reform Research Conference," Brian R. Beabout, Interview with Angela Taylor, WWNO FM, November 17, 2010.
"What Gets Inspected Gets Done," Brian R. Beabout, The Times-Picayune, August 20, 2011.
Brian R. Beabout quoted on the “close and replace” model in Kari Dequine Harden, "RSD Closures Frustrating" The New Orleans Advocate, January 31, 2013.
"Award-Winning UNO Education Professor Sees Good, Bad in Reform," Brian R. Beabout, Interview with Kari Dequine Harden, The New Orleans Advocate, April 10, 2013.
Guest to discuss sensitive schools on WWL Radio, Brian R. Beabout, August 20, 2013.