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News and notes on innovations and education reform in Louisiana.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Upcoming Recruitment Events this Week

We have two Recruitment Events this week to start building Cohort 5!  One is in Avoyelles Parish.  It is at the Fresh Catch in Marksville.  We are really excited to meet all of the TFA Corps Members out there and hear about their teaching experiences.  The event is Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  It should be great fun!

Our second event this week will be in Vermillion Parish (we are recruiting residents all across Louisiana who will implement educational change).  It is at Herod Elementary from 4:45pm to 6:30pm.  It should be really great to learn about the amazing teachers there and how they can continue to improve education in Vermillion through RLRP.  We are really looking forward to it!

If you are interested in learning more about RLRP or having AIE give an informational session to your faculty, please contact us via our website  We are already excited to start to meet the potential members who will fill the ranks of Cohort 5!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"The Answer is in the Room": Utilizing the Resources Around Us

“The Answer is in the Room”:
Utilizing the Resources Around Us
Who can you trust? Do you have a network of colleagues who work toward education reform?

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently posted the blog Five Resolutions for Aspiring Leaders.  It reminded me of Alan Blankstein’s book The Answer Is in the Room because we are already doing many of the HBR’s resolutions with aspiring leaders right here in Louisiana!  

Louisiana has talent… we identify and put that talent to work!  Through AIE’s innovative principal certification program, Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals (RLRP), we continuously encourage aspiring leaders to engage in leadership development challenges that can be summed up in ways very similar to the HBR’s resolutions.  They are:
  • Support for Success 
  • Leadership Development Groups 
  • Volunteering and Service-Learning
  • Global Awareness
  • Ask More Questions
Educators who want to be principals can do so “before they ‘burn out’” by entering RLRP after three successful years in the classroom.  Our participants have access to AIE’s national network to support success, but receive help forming those important homegrown leadership development groups as well. These experiences enable participants to begin building their immediate professional network and ultimately avoid “lonely at the top” experiences as new leaders.  Click here to learn more about RLRP or request more information.

To compete and win in the global economy, Louisiana’s leaders of tomorrow must learn what it means to return our schools as a hub in Louisiana communities.   Louisiana needs our talent to be in Louisiana! Of course, you can go to Boston…but there’s no crawfish.

Kristy Hebert, Ph.D.
Advance Innovative Education

Thursday, March 3, 2011

One Size Does Not Fit All

AIE’s Redesigning Lessons, Re-envisioning Principals program is getting a lot of attention. Probably it’s because we have been around for 3 years now, and people are seeing that a single curriculum does not a successful principal make.
The applicants to our program are looking to be catalysts of change. The partnerships who hire our Residents are looking for leadership that will propel their strategic plans and serve different students in different schools. A prime example of this partnership is Avoyelles Parish Schools. They have multiple choices for their students, and they know that what comes with offering those multiple choices, comes with various types of principals.
Customizing a program that fits the needs of individuals who apply—both in the delivery of curricula and in the financing of the tuition—is what is needed; and this is what RLRP does. The customization doesn’t stop there. Our partners—charter schools, traditional school districts, and independent schools all have different children and need leaders who recognize this.
RLRP does not meet the needs of everyone. There is no master’s degree earned, but what is earned is how to innovate schools and engage community. The program doesn’t stop with the 14-month certification process. It continues with 2-year official support for our Residents and our partners. However, that support continues for as long as we are needed to help the individuals and the partners with whom we collaborate.
This is the recruiting season for us! We’re looking for individuals and schools and school districts that want risk-takers and who aren’t afraid to be bold in making sure the mission of ensuring student achievement reaches fruition.
Any takers?
If interested, visit and apply by April 1.