AIE Blog

News and notes on innovations and education reform in Louisiana.

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.