Brian R. Beabout

Associate Professor of Education, University of New Orleans
Chapter Member: New Orleans SSN
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About Brian

Beabout's research focuses on educational change and urban school leadership. Overarching themes in Beabout's writings include the importance of school-family-community relationships in urban schools and the unintended consequences of educational reform. Beabout was a founding board member of the Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans and has served on the boards of the Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools as well as the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans. Beabout has consulted for the Louisiana Department of Education and the New Orleans Public Schools.


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

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In the News

Quoted by Silas Allen in "One Year Into Charter Partnership, Struggles Continue at This Fort Worth School," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 12, 2022.
Interviewed in "Award-Winning UNO Education Professor Sees Good, Bad in Reform," The New Orleans Advocate, April 10, 2013.
Quoted by Kari Dequine Harden in "RSD Closures Frustrating," The New Orleans Advocate, January 31, 2013.
Opinion: "What Gets Inspected Gets Done," Brian R. Beabout, The Times-Picayune, August 20, 2011.
Interviewed in "UNO Hosts Educational Reform Research Conference," WWNO FM, November 17, 2010.
Opinion: "Magnet School Concept is Flawed," Brian R. Beabout, The Times-Picayune, November 4, 2010.
Opinion: "New School Mirrors the Community," Brian R. Beabout, The Times-Picayune, September 10, 2010.
Quoted by Sarah D. Sparks in "Few Studies Track Post-Katrina School Changes," Education Week, August 24, 2010.


"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.
"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.
"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.