Karran Harper Royal
Candidate, Orleans Parish School Board, District 3
|Personal: Lifelong New Orleanian, married for 28 years to Kenneth Royal, mother of two sons, Khristopher, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School and NOCCA, and Kendrick, a Junior at Lusher Charter High School.
Southern Poverty Law Center, New Orleans, LA., 2010-present
Consulting Advocate on Education Issues
Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center, New Orleans, LA, 2001 – Present
Assistant Director, 2001-present
New Orleans Parent Organizing Network, New Orleans, LA 2007 – 2009
New Orleans Public Schools, 2000 – 2001
Special Education Parent Advocate Director
State of Louisiana Office of Mental Health, Region I, 1999 – 2000
As a parent advocate, I’ve served on local and statewide education committees, testified before the State Legislature and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), addressed national audiences and worked with neighborhood organizations to help bring great public schools to recovering areas post-Katrina.
Parents Across America (PAA)
Board Member, 2011-Present
Gentilly Civic Improvement Association,
Board Member, 2009-2010
Chair, Education Committee, 2007-2010
Oak Park Civic Association,
Board Member, 2010-2011
Chair, Education Committee, 2007-2011
Recovery School District Advisory Committee, Member 2006-2007
Recovery School District “Tiger Team” Advisory Committee, 2006-2007
Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities (CHADD) of New Orleans
Louisiana State Office of Mental Health, Region 1
Regional Advisory Council 2001-2002
Volunteerism Inside Specific New Orleans Public Schools:
I cut my teeth on organizing for equitable education and strong schools by working closely with the schools my son attended.
Lake Area High School (aka Greater Gentilly High School), 2008-2010
Chair, Steering Committee
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Riverfront (NOCCA), New Orleans, LA, 2000 – 2003
Jazz Discipline Representative on the NOCCA Parent Council
Fannie C. Williams Middle School, New Orleans, LA. 1997-2000
Served on district-wide and statewide textbook committees and on school improvement team; 1st Vice President, Parent-Teacher Association; helped coordinate first school-wide fair; served on band booster club.
McDonogh #15 Creative Arts Magnet Elementary School, New Orleans, LA. 1992-1997
Helped found the school’s first Parent/Teacher/Community Organization, which raised funds to rebuild the school’s playground, and served as Vice President and Treasurer.
Presentations on Education:
Orleans Parish School Board: “Working With Parents”, 2003;”Better Outcomes for Students Through Improved Regular and Special Education Services ; 2002; “Working With Parents” 2002;”School Safety and Discipline”, 2002; “There Are No Disposable Children”, 1999; “Impact of IDEA 97 on Our Classrooms”, 1999; “Students with ADD/ADHD”, 1998; “Inclusion”, 1998.
Southern University: “ADHD”, 2000; “ADHD in School-Age Children”, 1999
Panels on Education:
U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs 2012
Essence Festival 2010
National Association of Black Journalists, Education Forum 2012
National Urban League of Greater New Orleans, PRIDE workshops, 2012
National Down Syndrome Society Conference, July 2003:“Cultural Diversity: Exploring Barriers to Effective Services for individuals with Down Syndrome”; “Cultural Diversity: Strategies for Successful Outreach”; and “Beyond Culture Barriers”.
Select Interviews on Education:
Education Week (2010), The New York Times (2010), “Perry’s Principles” on CNN (2010), Los Angeles Times (2010), National Public Radio (2010), The Times Picayune (2008), UTNE Reader (2007), The Nation (2007), “Learning Matters” with John Merrow (2009, 2010), WHYY Radio (2012). I have been interviewed on local radio station WBOK, WYLD and WTUL and am frequently quoted for education stories in The Times Picayune, The Louisiana Weekly and the New Orleans Tribune.
Neighborhood Partnership Network Trumpet Award, Best Education Advocate
New Orleans Parent Organizing Network, Leadership Award, 2009
Center for Development and Learning, Every Child A Star Award, 2003
Before becoming involved in education in the 1990’s, I spent 10 years in retail sales and management.