Success Story: New Orleans Public Schools
New Orleans Educator Closes Achievement Gap with Earobics
Education has always been a passion for Arment Guillaume. The national education
consultant has spent more than 20 years helping young children become better readers.
Wherever she has gone, success has followed.
After moving to New Orleans for college, the Los Angeles native spent 16 years as a
kindergarten and first grade teacher in New Orleans Public Schools. She later
became a reading coach and literacy facilitator, and eventually was named the district’s early
childhood coordinator, charged with overseeing K-3 curriculum districtwide.
Throughout her time in the district’s K-3 classrooms, Guillaume noticed a troubling trend.
As they assessed literacy skills with DIBELS, they saw many students had low vocabulary
and oral language skills and limited phonemic awareness and phonics skills. “The DIBELS
assessment was a true eye-opener for us,” she said. “Many of our students weren’t coming
to school with the fundamental skills they need.”
In essence, New Orleans students were arriving for the first day of school already behind