Derrick Watson, decked out in a bright blue Sonic the Hedgehog T-shirt, sat among a cluster of desks with two other pupils one recent day at Arise Academy on St. Claude Avenue. In a series of drawings, the 7-year-old laid out the adventures of a skateboard-riding dinosaur, creating a five-scene, movie-style storyboard. His English teacher, Bessie Goggins, leaned over his desk and prodded him to think more about the setting.
“What type of trees do you have here?” she asked. Derrick drew a series of criss-crosses up