About Rhonda

RJB et OGBB 2015I am a professional inquirer.  In third grade, our teacher called us Wonder Whys, which was great validation.  I hope to never be too big or stubborn or certain to question.

My wonderings about education and equity led me to early action and commitment to student agency, particularly in urban communities.

The most awesome 10-year old ever –> was my muse for my last project : an intentionally diverse network of public language immersion and International Baccalaureate schools.  I believe that when educators make decisions as though all children are their children, we create more engaging, supportive, challenging learning for everyone.  Through my education consulting practice, The Ochosi Group, I support schools and education non-profits to transform their practices in ways that deeply align with their beliefs about teaching and learning.

My cross-country life as a French teacher led me to National Board Certification.  My education entrepreneurship led me to the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship, and my Eisenhower Fellowship has brought me back here to question our work.

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Rhonda Broussard

“…ideas glow so brightly, they illuminate a path for the rest of us. »
-St Louis Luminary, St. Louis Magazine 2009

Education is Rhonda’s social justice issue and she has been a leader in diversity and international education initiatives throughout her career in public education.  Rhonda Broussard founded Beloved Community to create sustainable paths to diverse, equitable  schools and neighborhoods.  Her vision for Beloved Community is informed by her leadership in diverse by design schools and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal  to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” In 2016, she founded The Ochosi Group, an education consulting group that supports schools and education nonprofits to transform their practices (growth, replication, new program development) and align adult culture with key beliefs for teaching and learning.

In 2007, she founded St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS).  SLLIS is an intentionally diverse school community and is the first public school in the US to offer this rigorous academic model to a majority minority student population and socio-economically diverse student population.  Under Rhonda’s leadership, the first three schools in the network became IB World Authorized Schools, and SLLIS achieved an AYP of 92%, equivalent to Accreditation with Distinction from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Rhonda served as President of SLLIS until June 2015.

Rhonda is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leaders Network. Rhonda is a 2014 recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership.  During her fellowship she studied whole system education reform and teacher education practices in Finland and New Zealand.  Rhonda serves on the Board of Directors of PROMO Missouri and the Missouri Charter Public School Association.  Rhonda has received numerous recognitions including 2008 30 Leaders 30 Years by Breakthrough Collaborative, 2009 St. Louis Luminary by St. Louis Magazine, 2010 Buzz List by ALIVE Magazine, 2010 YMCA Strong Kids Zealot by The Monsanto Family YMCA, 2012 Diverse Business Leader by St. Louis Business Journal, 2013 Outstanding African American Citizen by Gateway Classic, 2013 Social Sector Excellence Award by St. Louis New Leaders Council, and 2015 People Who Inspire by Delux Magazine.

Rhonda Broussard is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. Rhonda has taught French in public schools in New York City, Connecticut, California and St. Louis and has earned National Board Certification, the most prestigious teaching credential in the United States. Rhonda completed her undergraduate studies in French and Secondary Education at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts degree in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Growing up in Louisiana, she was inspired by the idea of the francophone world and has dedicated herself to continuing to explore the connections between francophone regions. As a result, in addition to learning French since childhood, she has studied and conducted research in metropolitan France, Cameroon and Martinique. Rhonda began her education reform career as a teenage staff member with the Breakthrough Collaborative in New Orleans, Kansas City and San Francisco.

Rhonda and her bilingual family live in New Orleans, LA, and use the One Parent One Language method.  Rhonda studies, performs and occasionally teaches traditional dances from the African diaspora.